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U.S. vs. Mexico Recap



The United States soccer team beat Mexico by a 2-0 score last night, exactly as I had predicted. If only the lottery was as easy to predict.

These matches are beginning to become routine for the United States, as the US team has gone 7-0-1 in their last 8 matches played against Mexico in the United States while outscoring the Mexican team 13-0.

Yes, that’s right, 13-0. Mexico has not scored a goal on American soil in the past 733 minutes of play.

The win was the 2nd to start the head coaching career of Bob Bradley, who is still officially the interim coach of the team. I can’t say if Bradley is the answer for sure, but the team has won their first 2 matches and the interim tag does not instill any stability in the program. I know that the U.S. Soccer Federation is probably trying to get a big name to come in and lead the team, but at some point they need to make a decision.

The match got off to a slow start, with neither team able to retain possession for long in front of a sold out University of Phoenix Stadium crowd of 62,462 that was mostly cheering for the Mexican side.

The United States finally broke through in the 52nd minute when Jimmy Conrad headed a Landon Donovan corner kick into the back of the net. Conrad played a fantastic match, contributing several key defensive plays as well.

That play was a bit of a wake up call for Donovan, who until that point had done nothing in the match. Given the fact that he is hated by Mexico as well as by many American fans, he was probably least-liked player on the field.

Donovan got a bit of revenge against his critics, however, by going on a great run after the ball took a fortuitous bounce off the referee. Ricardo Clark fed him the ball, and it was off to the races. Landon went right around the Mexican keeper to score the 2nd goal to seal the win. Keeper Oswaldo Sanchez responded with a classless act, trying to tackle an American player long after the ball was in the net, something that the U.S. team will surely report to FIFA.

American players were also subject to flying beer cups while taking corner kicks, and the Mexican team refused to shake hands with the Americans after the match was over.

All that doesn’t matter though, since there is no love lost between the two teams and the Americans got what they expected – yet another win against their cross-border rivals in what is becoming an increasingly U.S.-dominated matchup.

Sources: Yahoo, USSoccer.com

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