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Mexico Defeats US For 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship

2011 June 26
by Brian Quarstad

Mexico 4-2 USA

The US National Team and all its supporters had high hopes for taking back the CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy from Mexico after jumping out to a 2-0 lead just 23 minutes into the game. But an injury to right back Steve Cherundolo, who was arguably the best US player in the tournament so far, caused him to leave the game in the 11th minute with an ankle injury after running into his own player. The US never seemed to recover after replacing the right back with Jonathan Bornstein, who went to the left side and switching Eric Lichaj to the right. From the 29th minute on is was 4 unanswered Mexican goals leading to another El Tri Gold Cup trophy.

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46 Responses
  1. June 26, 2011

    Damn good game.

  2. Bart permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Mexico clearly wanted it more this day.

  3. tomASS permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Mexico was also clearly the more talented team

  4. June 26, 2011

    “They’re as dynamic as any Mexican team I’ve played against,” said Landon Donovan, who has played for the United States since 2000. “They’ve got a few guys who can change the game in a heartbeat.”

    Agreed tomASS. The Mexicans are clearly on the upswing right now with some young positive energy and a believe that they can beat the US.

    On the other side is a US team that seems to need some young energy in a few spots on the field that we are not getting it. Mexico is playing very dynamic football right now. My guess is that by the 2014 World Cup cycle they will be making a very big impact in the tournament as that youth will not have 3 more years experience.

    BTW, if you want to see how precise Dos Santos shot was last night, check this photo out by Jeremy Olson. http://is.gd/Ih4bk5

  5. miacfan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Awesome game. I wish the result would have been different, but Mexico was clearly more creative, has better players, and just played better. US looked a bit stale and not enough pressure in the midfield to deny dangerous balls in. Can’t figure out how Bornstien is on the national team…he’ll have visions of the back of DosSantos jersey for years to come. Time for a new head coach, and not from the current US Soccer cabinet.

  6. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    It was a great game! Whats interesting is that the main talking point is Cherundolos Sub. Yes Bornstein didnt have a great game, but a 2-0 lead should be kept. Nevermind the fact that US scored their second goal after the switch or that Mexico lost two key defensive players as well in their Captain Marquez and left back Salcido.

    Lets not blame Bornstein entirely for this loss as most reports and blogs are doing. In doing so you undermine Mexico’s performance and ghost a few issues for the US: Squad Depth and overall talent. Like I said, Mexico were able to recover from two injury related substitutions with two players that though trusted are relatively untested. The US was forced to make one and all the blame goes on him for the turn around.

    The second issue is obviously the talent gap. There will be arguments that there isn’t much considering that US scored two right away and hit the bar ect. but much like the Bornstein US excuse, Mexico also choked on set plays and the defense fell asleep for Donovan’s goal. The goalkeeper for mexico had arguably his worst tournament game. If the US had a game to take advantage of a nervous goalkeeper and a shaky defense, this was it.

    I say lets give credit where credit is due and stop using Bornstein as an excuse for the loss. The US was outclassed last night and the better team won. We could focus on the positives of the game. Freddy Adu was a lightbulb, the attacking switch the US has been hopeful for quite some time and looked every bit as dangerous on the ball as his mexican counterpart; Dos santos. Hopefully he can rebuild his career from here on out; he is only 22.

    I don’t know what comes next for the USMNT, not sure if rebuilding is necessary or how a change in manager would impact the dev of the squad but not all is negative in my opinion after this loss.

  7. Charlie Mathews permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Although I am EXTREMELY disappointed, I am optimistic about the future of the US Mens National Team. Mexico deserved the result, they clearly were the better team. However, remember about 8 or 9 years ago when you heard about a kid in Maryland who was tearing it up in youth soccer. A kid who was going to become the face of American Soccer and would, single handedly, be responsible for moving the game forward here in the US. Well, he is back! What an absolute incredible performance by the now 22 year old Adu.

  8. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Let me put is this way I hate the El Trio and Mexico more then any thing not named Micheal Vick in this world. The Yanks didn’t deserve to win anything after playing half @$$ all Tourny.
    I think there needs to be a change whether its a new Manager or Shaking up the USMNT roster or both. But It is time for change.

  9. June 26, 2011

    Dan, I trust you mean the Mexican National team and not Mexico? I’m trusting we don’t have some racism going on here.

    I just watched Taylor Twellman on ESPN say the same thing I was thinking. Right now the Mexican team is quite clearly the better team with brighter more spirited attack. What is the US’s answer? Quite clearly we don’t have one at the moment. While I won’t get into the whole Bob Bradley debate, the players on the field didn’t get it done yesterday and if you were to play them best of 7 I’d be willing to stake my money on Mexico defeating the US in that series.

    Lets hope that the kids coming through the development academy right now will show some of that spark in the next 3-5 years.

    Lastly, every national team and I mean every, has ups and downs as to player personal. It’s not the end of the world and it certainly isn’t the end of the world losing to a very good Mexican team. They are our rivals but I certainly don’t “hate” them. Hate is a very strong word. I hate losing to them, but I don’t hate them.

  10. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Its more like the Mexican National team and The Mexican Government. and it is not racist to dislike a country. I hate the Hypocrisy that is known has Mexico. Lets not try to confuse the two.

  11. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    So you hate the county of mexico, their government, and their mens national team when they don’t do anything to you? I am with Brian, lets avoid the word hate. It is very strong and irrational in this circumstance.

  12. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Ok instead of hate lets use Severely Dislike (seeing how we have to be Politically Correct.) Lets put it this way The Mexican Government seems to think that its okay too torture, rape, rob, abuse, enslave, and some cases murder people who sneak over their border and then they try to lecture us on the fact that we should give amnesty to all their people who came into our country with out following our rules.

    Plus My neighbor across the street threw a party last night that went all the way past 3am. It was a El Trio Party and he waved his Mexican flag high. I had to get up at 4am and go to work. didn’t get much sleep so i have every right to be disgruntled right now. I don’t hate the Mexican people I just dislike their government and Their Soccer Clubs. And I just Dislike Aholes in general. So if come the wrong way i’m in a very bad mood right now.

  13. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    And this bit about the Mex govt. derives from a soccer game? Trust me no rational human would agree with any government that is involved in those types of activities whether they do it deliberately or speculatively to prove a point.

    I am sure your neighbor wasn’t thinking about your work schedule when he threw that party. But that it was a El Tri celebration party or that he is mexican is completely irrelevant to the fact that you consider him an a-hole.

    Again, I understand your mood but to generalize people like that is a bit off. I mean if the Vikings won a superbowl odds are you would be in the celebration causing your neighbor a headache, seeing as he might not care about Football.

    I think you should be more upset at the US nat team for the two goal lead they gave up than the mexican people for their celebration of the rallied win.

  14. Taylor permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Giovanni Dos Santos clearly benefited from the attention given to Hernandez. I was a little bit puzzled: why US needed to mark him with more than 2 players instead of cutting the supply to him ? Look at what Barca did to United and therefore, nullified Hernandez without having to mark him excessively. With 2 players assigned to mark Hernandez, no one was left to stop Dos Santos.

  15. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Jose I live in Texas in a Mobile home park. His place is across the Street and 2 houses down. His Music was that loud. Secondly He is trying to get my dogs kicked out of the park by saying that my dogs threatened his lil girls. My dogs are fenced in. How does a dog that is my yard contained in a fence threaten girls.

    If I’m at home yea i get excited if my team wins but i don’t go playing Music loudly all day and all night long.

  16. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Taylor, Dos Santos might be even better then Hernandez. That’s kinda scary.

  17. June 26, 2011

    Dan, you are way off topic my man. but since you are off topic, well then…. I was sitting in a bar full of Mexicans last night with only a few of us gringos cheering on the USA. It was a lot of fun and everyone was in good sports.

    BTW, I was at my son’s wedding reception. His new wife and her family are Mexicans. It was a wonderful bilingual, multicultural, bi-religious ceremony. It was great.

    I’m very happy with my sons choice of life partners and her family.

    One last off topic. I heard on MPR this week that this past week the amount of children of color being born in the US just surpassed whites. I think the US in 20 years from now is going to be a very interesting place and it will be for the better.

  18. WSW permalink
    June 26, 2011

    I want to see Klinsamnn or Ancelotti as USMNT coach, also I hope MLS development of players moves at a rapid pace.

  19. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Brian Thats awesome, You know what i love about the USA. Its because it is proud to be a melting pot of people of different races, different beliefs, and Different point of views who can a simulate and with each other just fine. So congratulation to your son and tell his wife welcome to the USA and we are proud to have her as a Citizen.

  20. tomASS permalink
    June 26, 2011

    @ Taylor very solid comments

    Dos Santos’ phenomenal goal should have never happened. Watch Jones have an opportunity to double down on him and the ball, but rather chose to run by him, allow him new space and then attempt a feeble toe poke tackle after taking himself out of the play and taking care of the defensive responsibility. I thought that was weak in the realm of soccer IQ. If he was anticipating the pass across, he was shamefully fooled.

    It is a sad statement of the overall play of the team if a Cherundolo goes down and our play drops off as it did.

    PS – I’m Norwegian, is it Ok to loath Swedes?

  21. Tico Tom permalink
    June 26, 2011

    I was in Chicago for Mexico’s groups stage game against Costa Rica. A sold out Soldiers field was fun, and after that game, I was sure Mex would win it all. I was hoping a 2-0 lead could hold up, but Mexico has the quality to comeback. The pace of Chicharito and Dos Santos, (Guardado’s not slow either) will be a factor in the Concacaf for quite awhile. Dos Santo’s goal was one he personally needed, as he’s been critized in the Latin circles for his poor finishing. I hope as Agudelo matures he’ll add some speed to complement his other skills. Rest in Peace, Tico Dennis Marshall.
    http://www.ticotimes.net/Current-Edition/News-Briefs/Costa-Rica-national-soccer-team-star-killed-in-car-crash_Thursday-June-23-2011

  22. Fotbalist permalink
    June 26, 2011

    This was a phenomenal game. The Mexican MNT is at the top of their game at this point, and they will only get better if they remember to remain a ‘team’.

    I was very encouraged by Bradley, Dempsey and a couple of others. I was discouraged by our defense. They were falling behind in every aspect. The other side of the coin is that Chicharito, Barrerro, Dos Santos are quite a force for any defense.

    In any case, we need a serious wake-up call on team development. I understand that Coach Bradley (whom I truly respect and like) is still building up the team, but many of these players have been around a long time and so has he. He should know the combinations by this point.

    Anyone remember Bora Milutinovic? He was an awesome coach for getting national teams into or close to the World Cup, but his teams were never a threat once there. Maybe we need a coach who has some experience building a World Cup contender, not just a World Cup qualifier.

  23. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Dan- Again, that he lives two houses down and across the street and the dynamics of your relationship or lack thereof is irrelevant to him being Mexican or not.

    Welcome to the USA? that’s assuming she is moving here. I am under the impression that she has been living here for quite some time and would consider herself a contributing citizen of this country regardless of her marriage with a white American.

    Brian- I too was at a bar watching the game with my “Gringo” friend. It was at La Cantina at MOA and it was pretty fun. The majority of the place was covered in green but those cheering for USA were just as loud when they scored. It was a very welcoming atmosphere in most regards.

  24. Soccer Boy permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Howard is a lazy bum. I hope he played his last match for the USMNT.

  25. June 26, 2011

    Thanks for your comments Jose. Not sure I have seen you comment on the site before but I hope you keep coming back. I appreciate your perspective.

  26. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Brian- No problem; I like the blog. Particularly more of the local stuff dealing with club and high school soccer seeing I have two brothers that play competitively at U14 and U15.

    Reading the stories and offering objective feedback as well as taking in others’ opinion is enriching. I feel like that’s the fabric of good journalism.

  27. Taylor permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Footbalist: Bora’s teams in the WC (except Nigeria) were never considered to have any chance to win the WC. Even to get there, it’s been a miracle, let alone to be a threat. But I don’t think anyone won’t disagree with me with I say that the achievement has been unbelievable.

    1986: Mexico: lost to W Germany (runner up) on penalties after beating Belgium in the group stage and Bulgaria in the 2nd round. Mexico didn’t even qualify for 1982 world cup and performed horribly in 1978 world cup.

    1990: Costa Rica. First participation: beat Sweden and Scotland, who were considered favourites to accompany Brasil from the group. Lost to Czecho-slovakia (the team that crushed USA 5-1, beat Austria and lost respectably to Italy before losing to champions West Germany 1-0). I am not sure whether you followed 1990 world cup or not, but I did. Beating Sweden and Scotland wasn’t a small achivement that time although Scotland is always Scotland in the World Cup.

    1994: USA: beat Colombia, drew against Switzerland, lost respectably to Romania and eventual Champions: Brasil.

    1998: Nigeria: beat Spain, Paraguay and Bulgaria. IIRC, he didn’t really coach the team from the qualifying stages.

    2002: China. Probably the weakest team he’s ever managed. What can you do against Brasil and Turkey ?

  28. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Well he said Mexican so i thought his son married a girl that was a Mexican Citizen. That’s why i was welcoming here to the USA. If she is an American Citizen then She is an American. If she has duel Citizenship then she is Mexican American. I mean its like some calling me a Englishman, or Frenchmen, or Spaniard, or an Italian, or a German, or Norwegian, or a Comanche, or a Cherokee, Or an Irishman, or a Scott. Sorry if i misunderstood i thought we were trying to be politically Correct.

    Plus I tired of the Reverse Racism. I complained about Country i don’t like and i get attacked. but its okay for everyone else to talk about the Middle East. I just wish you would under stand it is a Country i dislike, Not People. So that set me off. Plus I bet if your a Viking fan you hate losing to the bears, packers, and lions. So if you want to call it a miss understanding thats fine. But don’t call me a Racist.

    And on the Neighbor, the Reason i don’t like him is because He threaten my dogs when lied about them to try to get them kicked out of the park. And the fact he is playing that music past 3am in the morning when the low volume rule in the park is at 10pm is my problem with him. I don’t care if he supports El Trio or not. But the fact he threaten my dogs and ignores the noise rules puts him on my dislike list.

    So Under stand this I am the furthest thing from a racist.

  29. Dan permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Soccerboy,

    I play Keeper. Howard is the furthest thing from a bum. He is one of the best goalkeepers in the world right now. The Reason Howard had 4 goals scored on him because the Yanks Backline fell apart. Its like a Quarterback that has to play behind a horrible Offensive Line.

  30. Jose Antonio permalink
    June 26, 2011

    Dan- I never called you a racist. I’m hopeful that you are not and I should take you for your word on that. I just questioned the relativity of your posts in regards to your “hate” or dislike towards a country.

    And I suppose it’s all in the understanding. Most people who live in the US that are born in Mexico would still call themselves Mexican. Mexican Americans are typically those born in the US to Mexican parents. I was born in Mexico and moved here when I was 6. So for the last 15 years I have been living in the states yet when people ask me if I am Mexican I wouldn’t go as far as correcting them and saying I am Mexican American. Because I have lived here enough to respect American culture I wouldn’t really correct anyone if they simply called me American because at the end of the day I abide by the same rules in society as everyone else and have grown to love this country for many reasons.

    And you are correct, If I was a vikings fan I would probably hate losing to the packers. But I don’t think I would actually hate the packers themselves or the millions of fans that follow them.

    Trust me, I support both the Mexican National team as well as the USMNT for different reasons. When they play each other I do lean towards Mexico because I always have and I love the country. But say Mexico would have lost this Gold cup, probably the last thing I would do is insult the US (country or team or fans). Being reflective on how and why we lost would probably suffice.

  31. tomASS permalink
    June 27, 2011

    @Dan – Howard is a solid keeper but is not one of the top 10 keepers in the world. I think he is very serviceable for most teams. I do agree it is very tough for a keeper to be at his best when the defensive coordination and effort in front of him is porous

  32. smatthew permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Bornstein is definitely getting way too much blame for the lose. Even with the US going up 2-0 and Dolo still playing, Mexico had control of the game, were playing pretty attacking soccer, and had already shown on several occasions that our backline wasn’t up to snuff that you knew the game wasn’t over. If anything Saturdays match marked the beginning of a new era, one where Mexico is top in CONCACAF and where dosacero has been put to rest.

  33. Taylor permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Fotbalist, Milutinovic teams were never expected to make the World Cup, let alone becoming the threat and challenger during the competition. So his achievements were, at least, remarkable.

    1986: Mexico qualified as host, but they didn’t qualify in 1982 and performed horribly in 1978. They qualified from group and beat Belgium (eventual semi-finalist) in the group, beat Bulgaria in the 2nd round and lost only on penalties to eventual runner up West Germany

    1990: Costa Rica. First World Cup finals qualifier, they beat Scotland and Sweden and only lost 1-0 to Brasil (despite it was European Brazil). Lost to Czechoslovakia in the 2nd round (this is the team that hammered US 5-1, beat a good Austria and lost 1-0 to Italy in the group before losing to Germany 1-0 in the quarter-finals)

    1994: USA beat Colombia and drew against Switzerland in the group. Lost respectably to Romania 1-0 and eventual Champions Brazil.

    1998: Nigeria: beat Spain and Bulgaria to top the group before losing to Denmark.
    2002: China. That was Bora’s only disappointing World Cup team but what can you do against Brazil and Turkey. Plus they took advantage because Japan and South Korea automatically qualified.

  34. Marka permalink
    June 27, 2011

    So I’ve read some other blogs and a bit of this thread.
    Just thinking about USA performance in Gold Cup : We are a big country with a lot of potential players, yet we seem to be able to put together a team that just squeaks past a tiny country like Panama.
    Are we too big? Is it that we do not have a country-wide playing ethos? Are different parts of the country playing differently, so when we put these players together they are just too disparate in style?

  35. Dan permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Jose, were cool. Lets just call it a miss understanding. And no you didn’t call me a racist i just felt like Brian was. Also I do agree El Trio looked good, Its just a shame that the Yanks lost their edge after they were up 2-0.

    Brian, I apologize i reread your post and i guess i read it wrong. I thought you were calling me a racist because i used the word Hate, when it was just a bad night i probably should have used the word dislike. I don’t hate Mexican People, I just dislike the Mexican Government (I really dislike our government right now too) , The Mexican Cartels (i dislike all drug cartels), And I hate the Snobbish attitude the Mexican Media has on MLS and US soccer (Its a sensitive area for me). I misread the post and my mood didn’t help.

  36. June 27, 2011

    We’re cool as well Dan. That’s why I didn’t shut you down in the beginning and instead just asked the question. I try to keep the comments monitored and just didn’t want anything getting out of control. One of the things that I have always encouraged on this site is respectful discourse. We did that and now we all move on. Thanks for reading and commenting here Dan. Very much appreciated.

  37. Dan permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Brian, in your opinion do you think it might be time for Bradley to look towards a youth movement on the backline. I feel like the yanks need to take this as a chance to start retooling. I just feels like we need to start looking at the next in line.

  38. Taylor permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Marka,

    IMHO, there are 2 problems:
    1. Bradley might be a good coach but I think we need fresh ideas. It doesn’t seem that Bradley can figure out why his team has a habit of conceeding first, putting extra pressure to equalize and win. See also my comments re: marking Hernandez.

    2. There are a lot of POTENTIAL players but potential is not enough. Also, what kind of potential players do we have, what level: EPL, Division 2, small European leagues, MLS, etc ? Players need to grow and this is my gripe towards a lot of people who like to annoint young players as the next……(fill in the blank with the names their like). Look at Adu: he had potential but somehow I think he made a huge mistake by going to MLS instead of going to Europe for academy. this also happens in Europe and South America; certain players had potential but they didn’t pan out later due to various factors.

    3. Motivation: did the players look too far ahead for game against Mexico ? If so, it’s the manager’s fault too.

    4. Not having a country wide playing style can be good and bad at the same time. Your team can learn how to play different styles but the problem is: we might not have enough good players who has the ability to do so.

  39. Tom permalink
    June 27, 2011

    IMHO, there are 4-5 barriers to the US ever becoming a consistent top 10 soccer power and here they are:

    1) football
    2) basketball
    3) baseball
    4) hockey
    5) don’t laugh – but even lacrosse is grabbing the top athletes…..

    In most other countries, the list of competing sports is:
    1) soccer
    2) soccer
    3) soccer
    etc, etc, etc,
    12) maybe baseball in the latin countries
    13) basketball is growing internationally
    14) tennis is a few countries (but usually only for the affluent kids)

    Until it’s part of the culture it will never be easy. Kids dream of playing for the national team in most countries while in the US kids dream of making the ESPN Sportscenter highlight clips.

    Has the soccer culture grown in the USA – YES, but there is still a long way to go.

  40. Dan permalink
    June 27, 2011

    Hey Brian if you get a chance listen to the Feuerstien Fire Podcast for 6/27/11. It was a good show me and Pabony were enjoying the show and this guy came in. Pretty much ruin the chat for us to the point where Dan had to shut down the chat. So people don’t know how to win gracefully lol.

    If you know how to get a hold of Feuerstien, Just see if he is doing okay. Hopefully this doesn’t take the chat away.

  41. June 27, 2011

    Dan, the back line is where you can take the least risks. With that said you had Eric Lichaj – 22
    and Tim Ream – 23 in the back line and they’re young.

    As to the average age of the team, I’m not sure. I don’t have the time to figure it out. But it is surprising how many guys on this Gold Cup squad were 25 or younger. I think we sometimes forget that Altidore is only 21 and Adu is 22.

    Juan Agudelo – 18

    Jose Altidore – 21

    Feddy Adu – 22

    Eric Lichaj – 22

    Tim Ream – 23

    Michael Bradley – 23

    Alejandro Bedoya – 24

    Robbie Rogers – 24

    Maurice Edu – 25

    Sacha Kljestan – 25

  42. James permalink
    June 27, 2011

    The interview I would absolutely love to read is one of Claudio Reyna to gather his thoughts regarding development of the talent pool of the US, particularly given his position as the US Youth Techincal Director. Both from a development of current players as well as how to increase the pool itself.

    Regardless of USMNT coach, USSF President, etc. what I saw on the pitch is one team on a strong upswing and one on an scary (for me) downswing in age, speed, talent and passion. Not to say the cupboard is bare for the US but this isn’t an issue that suddenly popped up out of nowhere.

  43. James permalink
    June 27, 2011

    I amend my prior statement…stike the word age in the downswing of USMNT 🙂

  44. Dan permalink
    June 27, 2011

    I think i would have rather seen Heath Pearce over Bornstein or maybe Zach Lloyd.

  45. Stephen permalink
    June 28, 2011

    Call me crazy, but I thought that game was really really close. The Mexicans scored the chances they had and we didn’t. It’s as simple as that. It’s an interesting stat to bring up but the final count on the fouls was grossly against us (19-10, Yellows were 3-1 against us as well). Is that a factor? Possibly. But fact is, we had three really solid chances to score goals: Dempsey’s hit off the crossbar (which would have tied it), Bradley’s rip that went wide right against an open goal (which could have made it 4-3), and a header from a corner kick that missed by about 2 feet (which would have tied it at 3).

    I blame Carlos Bocanegra for the last two goals. He gave his man WAY too much space and that led to him having room to shoot. That being said, goals 1, 3, and 4 were some fantastic finishes that are world class and nobody could have stopped them no matter what.

    Something else I thought was interesting. The total Univision viewership for that game was 8 million. By comparison, Game 7 of the Stanley Cup had 8.5 million on NBC. Now, I wonder, is the 8 million because that many Mexican-Americans watched the game? Or was a large minority a number of Americans who don’t have Fox Soccer Channel (like myself) who watched the game in Spanish?

  46. June 28, 2011

    “I blame Carlos Bocanegra for the last two goals”

    Stephen, remember, Boc’s is in the corner battling away for the ball. He then wins the ball and pokes it out. Probably the best he could do at that point. Where is the US midfield in filling that space and recovering the ball that Bocanegra won? He then has to recover from the corner and get back and be first defender once again. Remember what point in the game this is. It’s late and he’s been chasing all game. I agree, he should have been tighter when he did become first defender again but watch him after the goal. He just collapses on his butt and looks tired.

    Also, check out the video again. Why do we have three defenders in the corner. Major mistake. It took too many players away from in front of the goal. The other two were Bornstein and Jones. Jones should have been there as cover. Bornstein had no business being in that corner when Mexico had already drawn one defender into the corner.

    See who recovers on the play. Bocs is back right away, Jones tries to give support and Bornstein is trailing the play, last to get out of the corner and does nothing but watch the play.

    Sometimes it’s easy to point the finger at the guy trying to defend. But often he’s defending in a position of weakness because someone else didn’t do their job and it makes them look bad. This when the general public just sees the big picture.

    Watch again with those things in mind and then let me know what you think.

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