Gold Cup Final: US – Mexico Preview

Although this game could be seen as a “pre-season” contest to the titanic clash looming on August 12, the fierce rivalry coupled with the atmosphere of a tournament final should make this game one to watch in its own right. The US will need to play a better game than their lackluster semi-final effort against Honduras to get the result they are looking for against a maligned Mexican squad trying to prove their still the best in CONCACAF. Adding an extra degree of difficulty will be a decidedly pro-Mexican crowd despite the game being played on American soil.

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Another clash with El Tri for the Gold Cup crown

Another clash with El Tri for the Gold Cup crown

Here’s what we are looking for from the US Team:

  • Brian Ching to get back on the score sheet — he’s had a good work rate and has helped create goals in the knockout rounds, but we’d like to see him find the back of the net
  • How will Kyle Beckerman fair against Torrado – with distribution going wide for the US on the attack, can Beckerman continue to make the smart play when called upon and stay with the Mexican midfielder
  • Jimmy Conrad picking up right where he left off – focused and fearless as the captain of the  US squad

“11 at the Whistle:

G: Troy Perkins

D: Heath Pearce, Jimmy Conrad, Chad Marshall, Jay Heaps

M: Robbie Rogers, Sam Cronin, Kyle Beckerman, Stu Holden

S: Brian Ching, Davy Arnaud

Disclaimers

  • Jimmy Conrad could remain a spectator with Clarence Goodson having another go
    Despite our best efforts we can’t find any reports to suggest Conrad isn’t fit to take the pitch. While Goodson has been strong, the veteran gets the start, but won’t be allowed to Twitter at halftime
    Likelihood: 25% Conrad on the pine at the whistle (assuming he is fit)
  • Logan Pause stays in the midfield over Cronin (or Quaranta)
    Bradley might go with the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” philosophy and start the veteran for a third consecutive contest despite Pause being a non-factor in the knockout stages thus far
    Likelihood: 50% Pause gets the nod
  • Kenny Cooper at striker
    Cooper has produced when given the opportunity, but his ability to immediately get into the flow of the game as a sub may be the reason to Bradley saves him for the second half.
    Likelihood: 25% Cooper and Ching combo to start
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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mark T on 2009/07/26 at 12:06 PM

    US starts the same team today as it did in the semi-final versus Honduras.

    ——————-Perkins——————-

    Heaps–Marshall–Goodson–Pearce

    Holden–Beckerman–Pause–Rogers

    ———-Arnaud————Ching———–

    Reply

  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2009/07/26 at 12:09 PM

    I’m more worried about Dos Santos up front than Torrado. Let’s see how Marshall and Goodsen fare.

    Reply

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