Gold Cup Final: USA vs. Mexico

In CONCACAF Gold Cup, Football on July 24, 2009 at 11:04

By Joe,

USAMexicoFinalUSA Gold 3rd time? Mexico revenge? Vote at bottom of the article.

What were the odds that these two teams will meet in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Both USA and Mexico are the strongest teams in the tournament and they were tipped to face each other  even before the tournament started. This will be a repeat of the 2007 Gold Cup final where Mexico lost to the Americans. The match will be played this Sunday in the Giant Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey and USA are weak favorites to take it.

USA could retain the Gold Cup for the third consecutive time and write new history into the tournament books. The Americans beat Honduras 2-0 in the semifinals with Clarence Goodson and Kenny Cooper getting the goals in order to reach the finals. The USA squad is mainly built amongst new players. Many of their squad members, who took part of the Confederation Cup final in South Africa last month, were not chosen to participate in this edition of the Gold Cup. The Americans had problems along the way to the final, they had their squad reduced due to some players returning to their respective in European club for preseason. Coach Bradley will not be recruiting any more players as defender Michel Parkhurst and goalkeeper Job Busch have joined the squad before the game against Honduras. This will be the ultimate test for Coach Bradley in the tournament as he can win his first trophy as a coach for USA.

Mexico is seeking to avenge for their defeat in the 2007 Gold Cup final to the Americans. This time they will come with full force and no quarters given and they will have a big backing at the Giant Stadium. Mexico needed the penalties after extra time to finish off Costa Rica to reach the finals. This is the Mexican’s second consecutive final and sixth overall in their history. Coach Javier Aguirre have served his 3 match suspension are will return to the bench in New Jersey. His presence on the bench will be a big boost to the El Tri squad for the Final showdown against USA. The tournament’s leading goal scorer with four goals, Sabah will be looking forward to play USA and hope his scoring form will return.

Both teams have not lost a game in the Gold cup and have also drawn one game during the group stages. USA is a working hard collective bunch with no star players on the team while Mexico consist of a great attacking force. This could be a boring final as both team could play it cautiously and not giving a inches to each other, so a goal could come from a corner or a free kick situation. Betsson is offering 3.25 for a draw for the first 90 minutes and 2.22 for Mexico to lift the cup.

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  1. I am mexican, so it is obvious that I believe Mexico will beat the US. I admit that the US have been playing great lately, and they deserve a standing ovation for that; but the mexican team has passion, respect and love for their national colors…With that said.. good luck USA, but Mexico will lift their 5th gold cup!!!

    • Its the right final, may the best country win. It is always important to have a 12th men on the pitch and everytime Mexico plays, the fans are always behind the El Tri. Good Luck and thanks for your comments.

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