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Monday, July 27, 2009

US loses all momentum from Confederations Cup

The US Men’s National Team was riding high after playing two of the best games in the Nation’s history then followed it up by laying an egg in Mexico, allowing five second half goals en route to an embarrassing 5-0 loss. The US had actually owned Mexico on US soil going 9-0-2 since a March 1999 loss at San Diego. The youth of the US club was more than evident when the pressure was on before an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd of 79,156 at Giants Stadium, after an offensive onslaught in the second half. Captain Gerardo Torrado scored on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, on a bogus call, but then the inexperienced U.S. squad came unglued. Even though the United States was fielding a raw squad after the top team finished second in the Confederations Cup last month, one would hope they could put a club on the pitch that could at least represent, as any respect the US might have earned after beating the world’s best team last month was returned with interest in the Gold Cup Final. Was the Confederations Cup performance an aberration? Is the US ready for the 2010 World Cup? Let us know here and in the World Sports and World Soccer chat rooms.

Match Stats
United States Mexico
Shots...........3(1) 12(10)
Fouls...........7 9
Corner Kicks....4 2
Offsides........3 3
Time of Poss....0% 0%
Yellow Cards....3 2
Red Cards.......1 0
Saves...........5 1

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