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Hello and welcome to game day! That is, the final game for the States at Gold Cup 2011 and….the final meaningful game until World Cup 2014 qualifying kicks off. Wow.
The United States finds themselves in Pasadena, CA today against familiar opponents, Mexico and are looking to punch a ticket to the 2013 Confederation’s Cup, the dress rehearsal for the real thing the following year.
While nothing may be more American than California, the crowd today? Decidedly Mexican. It’s just the way it goes.
Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. PT.
Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!
• That’s On Point: Border Warz: A video history of the US-Mexico rivalry (very worth it)
• USA10Kit says Alejandro Bedoya is making the most of his chance Gold Cup call-in. We concur.
• TSG’s review of the last US-Mexico game at the Azteca. TSG the only publication that thought Cherundolo did well. A lot of points here that became quite popular.
• Matt from Soccer Over There with some very interesting data indeed on Carlos Bocanegra positionally.
• Eric Wynalda says prior to Donovan’s benching he was “just going through the motions.”
American Outlaws members gather here.
(Benny Feilhaber with a golazo for the United States to win the 2007 Gold Cup. The US fell to Mexico 5-0 in 2009.)
The weather? Down right, cough, rosy. 75, sunny, clouds running for their lives.
Too many to list. Let’s just go to place named El Porto just north of Manhattan Beach or to the locals, Shitpipe.
Looks like typical summer knee-slappers. Now, if you were going to head south to San Diego, out to sea about 100 miles, and it were the winter, well that would be a different story.
What to eat and drink if you’re going to the game or not. How to celebrate appropriately or be a, cough again, gracious loser.
As We Tweeted: Only sure thing about today’s match? Clarence Goodson will have a better Gold Cup than 2009. Has to be on his mind.
Sensing A Trend here: The U.S. back line of Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra and Eric Lichaj has played three consecutive games together as a starting unit, the first time Bob Bradley has used the same starting defensive unit in three straight games since the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.