This was one of the most entertaining and excited matches ever played between the United States and Mexico but once again in the end the U.S. reign. Now I know that there will be tons of discusion about this and I am looking forward to it on the Dynamo Power Hour radio show tomorrow night at 7pm. But just to start things off here are a few of my thoughts. I look forward to hearing yours:
*Mexico clearly took a step up in their level of composure. They produced the better soccer in the first half and clearly have found their attacking leader for the future in Nery Castillo who was impressive. It is time for Sanchez to move out the old war-horses like Jared Borgetti and Cuahutemoc Blanco they are done at the international level and won’t be significant three years from now in South Africa. I realize they were included to win this tournament.
*When Borgetti got hurt I was saying please don’t take him out because I felt it would help define Mexico’s play more. It did. Less hopeful balls in the air and more through Andres Guardado and Castillo. The U.S. have no problem dealing with Borgetti.
*Both goalkeepers Oswaldo Sanchez and Tim Howard made outstanding saves and I might say remarkable reaction saves.
Sanchez on Dempsey and Howard on Bautista I believe to secure the win.
*Brian Ching after earning the penalty played outstanding. For those who don’t think he can pass a ball or do more than head a ball I wonder what you watch. He has added the ability to turn provider to his game. Just ask Landon Donovan.
Ricardo Clark also provided a valuable addition to midfield in the second half.
*Beckham may be great at hitting dead balls but Pavel Pardo is exceptional as well. Watch the tape!
*Castillo and Guardado clearly are the two players now leading the Mexican attack.
*The U.S. at the end of the day played better attacking soccer, not only winning the scoreline but also style points as well.
This game was won with a combination of heart, determination, soccer intellect and skill.
*Gamesmanship or sportsmanship? Sanchez saying things to Donovan before the penalty as well as Guardado and others milling around him. It happens and is a part of the game, some players go there and other don’t. It is up to the individual.
*I like many am tired of teams and coaches that sourrounds referees after the game as well as players motioning to referees to give yellow cards. Carlos Batres did a solid job as a referee under extremely difficult conditions, I didn’t agree with all the decisions but who does? In the end he did not alter the game like prior referees in the Gold Cup.
* The U.S. played from behind on U.S. soil against Mexico for the first time since 1999 . Mexico finally scored their first goal in 8 years. The response out of the locker room was excellent .
*Lots of youth earned valuable experience for the U.S. like Frank Simek, Jonathan Bornstein, Ricardo Clark, Benny Feilhaber all players that are getting their feet wet in the US/Mexico rivalry thing.
*Feilhaber’s goal was spectacular.
*In the end as a pure soccer fan what more could you ask for.
Give me your thoughts here or tomorrow on the DYNAMO POWER HOUR WITH GLENN DAVIS ON 790 THE SPORTS ANIMAL AT 7PM CALL IN NUMBER IS 713-212-5790, I WANT YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE UNITED STATES GOLD CUP TITLE WIN OVER MEXICO.