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    U.S takes gold cup title!!!!!

    I know most of you boys and gals don't like soccer but I love it and U.S took the gold cup title in an unbelievable game.



    U.S. rallies past Mexico 2-1 to defend Gold Cup title

    CHICAGO (AP) -- Change the venue, change the coaches, change the players. The only thing that doesn't change when Mexico and the United States play is the result.

    Landon Donovan scored his 34th career goal, tying Eric Wynalda atop the career list, and Benny Feilhaber connected on a gorgeous volley as the United States rallied for a 2-1 victory over Mexico on Sunday in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

    The victory extended the Americans' dominance over their neighbors to the south and gave them a berth in the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa, an important tuneup ahead of the 2010 World Cup. The United States is 9-2-1 against Mexico since 2000, including 8-0-1 on U.S. soil.

    Mexico at least managed a goal this time, snapping a streak of eight straight shutouts in the United States. Jose Andres Guardado's goal in the 44th minute was El Tri's first on U.S. soil in 797 minutes.

    Mexico had a chance to tie it in the 89th minute when Adolfo Bautista came up with a loose ball in front of the goal. But goalkeeper Tim Howard reached up as he was falling, and punched the ball free to preserve the win.

    The teams failed to shake hands after the final whistle, another recent "tradition" in this rivalry. Instead, the Americans ran over to Sam's Army -- really more of a platoon -- to salute the small contingent of U.S. fans in the sellout crowd of 60,000. Donovan tossed his shirt into the stands, then grabbed a U.S. flag that a fan tossed and wrapped it around his shoulders.

    This is the fourth Gold Cup title for the Americans, tying them with Mexico. It also kept new coach Bob Bradley's perfect record intact at 10-0-1. Bradley took over as interim coach after Bruce Arena was let go after the World Cup, and was given the job permanently May 16.

    His task gets tougher Thursday, when he leads a U.S. team without most its regular starters against Argentina at the Copa America, South America's championship.

    During its run of success against Mexico, the United States has taken the early lead and then held on. Its aggressive counterattacking style was usually enough to fluster Mexico and keep it off balance long enough to get away with a victory.

    Not this time.

    Mexico jumped out to a first-half lead, and the Americans were forced to play catch up, something they're not used to. But they got a break in the 60th minute, when Brian Ching was tripped up in the box by Jose Jonny Magallon. Compared to the other rough-and-tumble antics Sunday, this barely looked like a foul. Magallon tugged at Ching's jersey, and the two tangled feet as Ching turned around.

    But it was all Donovan needed.

    Donovan, the U.S. player Mexican fans most love to boo, took a slow jog to the ball and appeared to barely give it much of a kick. But Mexico goalie Oswaldo Sanchez started to move to his right, then hesitated, and that split second cost hm any chance he had of getting to the ball, which hit the right corner of the net for Donovan's fourth goal of the tournament, all on penalty kicks.

    As his teammates mobbed him, Donovan wiped his brow as if to say, "That was a relief."

    The goal seemed to loosen up all of the Americans. Ten minutes later, Donovan took a corner kick that was flicked clear by a Mexican defender. But the ball went right to Feilhaber, who scored on a perfect right-footed volley from 22 yards out for his second goal in eight international appearances.

    The goal -- and the switch in the lead -- was enough to convert some of the pro-Mexico crowd. Though the fans cheered wildly when Cuauhtemoc Blanco came on as a late substitute, there were a smattering of "U-S-A! U-S-A!" chants in the final minutes.

    The Americans could have added another goal, too. Donovan fed DaMarcus Beasley with a perfect cross in front of the goal, but Beasley's shot banged off the crossbar.

    It was Mexico that was doing the counterattacking early, pushing and shoving and playing the Americans' kind of game. It worked, too. After struggling to finish several early chances, Nery Castillo beat Oguchi Onyewu and crossed to Guardado in front of the box in the 44th minute.

    Guardado had been left unmarked and was all alone by the left post. As Howard slipped, Guardado poked the ball into the goal with his left foot, setting off a frenzied celebration on the field and in the stands.

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    Wow, I'm already pumped for the World Cup with that stat 10-0-1, im even excited to see the game w/ Argentina, that could be interesting w/out starters...

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    It is nice that we are regularly better than Mexico ... but honestly this is more of a relief than anything worth celebrating. If we lose the CONCACAF it would be a joke. The tournament is a weak field except for us and Mexico and neither one of us would be competing if the World Cup was set for this summer.
    Hopefully, a couple more years of fine-tuning will get us ready for 2010, but as long as the best athletes in this country continue to play at least three other sports before soccer ... it will continue to be difficult to compete with the big boys in the big time international events.

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    Re: U.S takes gold cup title!!!!!

    My guy from Copenhagen, Atiba Hutchinson was robbed for a goal in the semi's vs USA
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    As the rest of the world gets better at basketball, the USA soccer team continue's to get better. I can't wait for a big run in the World Cup. Beating Argentina would be a fine statement to the World of soccer.

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    Re: U.S takes gold cup title!!!!!

    It was Mexico that was doing the counterattacki ng early, pushing and shoving and playing the Americans' kind of game. It worked, too. After struggling to finish several early chances, Nery Castillo beat Oguchi Onyewu and crossed to Guardado in front of the box in the 44th minute.

    Guardado had been left unmarked and was all alone by the left post. As Howard slipped, Guardado poked the ball into the goal with his left foot, setting off a frenzied celebration on the field and in the stands.
    I told you castillo was fast.. and he's just a kid!!

    he's signed with olympiakos for another 3 years.. but i think we'll be selling him soon..

    DiGiTaL

    "We tried to stick with it, but there was a point where we were beating our head against a wall," Seattle Coach Mora talking about running at the Williams Wall

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