Wednesday, June 27, 2007

One Cup Ends...

So the US beat Mexico 2-1 on Sunday to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the 2nd time in a row. I only got to see the first 10 and final ten minutes of the match, as I had another engagement, namely playing with FC Red Stripes in our 0-2 quarterfinal loss in the spring season playoffs.

Gold Cup Final Highlights

By all accounts the match was a cracker, and a great spectacle for a cup final. The US did do well to come back from 0-1 down in a home "road" environment, as the sell out crowd at Soldier Field was strongly pro-Mexico.

I will say that the winning goal by Benny what's his name is the best goal I have seen by a US player, well, ever. So congrats to the US, they have shown that they are the best team in CONCACAF. They missed a ton of great goalscoring chances and still won the tournament, albeit with an assist from an extremely bad call that jobbed Canada out of a shot at overtime in the semifinals.

Bobbeh made an interesting point on Monday night. In the last 10-15 years, the US have built a team that can beat Mexico and the rest of CONCACAF. The question is, can they now compete and succeed against the rest of the world, specifically Europe and South America?

We probably won't find out at the upcoming Copa America, as many of the top US stars are sitting out and basically a B team is going down to Venezuela.

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