The USMNT is in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semis, playing Honduras in Cowboys Stadium.
TV: Fox Soccer, 7PM EDT
Panama vs Mexico in the other semi at 10 PM.
studio. How strange.
Johnson!! 1-0 USA!
Whoa. I look away for a second and BAM.
Torres needs to stop bitching about fouls.
Anyone have starting 11?
The feed on my work comp sucks.
Don't want to do it in field view but...
Defense- Beasley, Parkhurst, Goodson, Besler
Midfield- Bedoya, Beckerman, Holden, Torrez, Donovan
Attack- E. Johnson
I'm guessing we are in 4-2-3-1 with Landon at CAM.
Holy shit! Elbow to the face, no call!
I don't really understand pulling Joe Benny in favor of Bedoya.
Man is Donovan out classing this Gold Cup
I have to admit that was a good find by Bedoya.
Wait. Was it EJ?
Damn, that was close!
Sack up, Torres.
I feel like he's not getting calls now just because he's been bitching the whole time.
He's been jobbed a couple times, but come on.
When will the championship be played?
Sunday, 4PM ET
Thanks much... On vacation so I probably will not be able to see it.
Top class per usual.
9 games, I think.
Damn, they score.
Donovan!!! 3-1 USA!!!
Great job, answering right back.
Does anybody know what happened to Juan Agudelo? I thought he was gonna be big when we saw him a couple years ago.
I think he got injured recently.
I guess he hasn't developed quite like we all hoped, but he is still very young.
Klinsmann got sent off?!
U-S-A! U-S-A!! U-S-A!!!
WOO! 10th win in a row!
Refs you suck!
I will laugh very hard at Mexico if they lose tonight.
I only hope that we're not peaking a year early. I had a lot of doubts about Klinsi last winter, but he sure does seem to have pulled things together.
lots of backups in right now. What's exciting is there is a lot of room to improve, when the Clint Dempseys and Tim Howards return.
Confirmed via Twitter by Grant Wahl
And now unconfirmed via Twitter by Grant Wahl:
CONCACAF chief press officer Jurgen Mainka now says he got bad info, Klinsmann suspension will be decided by CONCACAF disciplinary committee
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 25, 2013
CONCACAF: Klinsmann fate for final will be announced in 24-48 hours after committee sees referee report.
— Grant Wahl (@GrantWahl) July 25, 2013
What did Klinsmann do to get sent off and miss the final??
Beasley got clipped at the heels. As he was going down, another player ran into his side (kneed him?). Klinsmann protested about the abuse his player was getting, possibly said something, certainly gesticulated about the ridiculousness, and the ref dismissed him.
I appreciate him standing up for his players, and the ref wasn't really on top of the game, but maybe he should have shown more restraint and not gotten sent off in the 87th minute and miss the final.
Yeah, I'd say it was more than just the Beasley clip at the end, though. They seemed to be targeting Beasley, and maybe Holden and Torres, the whole night. There was an atrocious studs-up tackle on Beasley earlier in the second half that the ref didn't book the guy for. I'm not sure if he even called a foul. There was a string toward the end of the second half where Beasley drew two fouls within a minute. Then the double-whammy at the end that you mentioned. Just ridiculous. Some hits on Holden and Torres that went without cards were also egregious, and then the ref books EJ in the final minute or two for not giving ten yards? Give me a break. Really poor job by the ref and Klinsi was right to protest.
And while I won't say it's a non-factor, having your head coach not on the sidelines during a soccer match is not nearly as impactful as missing your head coach during a basketball game, for example.
I know it's mostly a b-team tournament but it has been fun to watch. Here's to a US-Mexico final!
I am so rooting for Panama to embarrass El Tri. Yes, I know, B-team caveats, whatever, it would still be an embarrassment.
I would have rather had a USA-Mex game from a rivalry/quality of play standpoint. The humiliation of Mexico is nice though.
Wanted to see a USA vs. Mex game, but lol @ Mexico anyways.
Bye bye Chepo?
Eh, we'll see em in a few months anyway
Clearly Mexico needed a story about how the team doesn't support their coach... In order to motivate the team to, you know, rally around their coach and play hard.
Mexico is such a mess right now.
Says one SI columnist, Brian Straus:
"The U.S. is blowing through opponents at will, many of whom appear to be operatig in first gear. It's like watching the American women."
I mean... yes, it has been. Great comparison!
Also -- any realize, we just basically beat Central America in the past 6 games?
- Guatemala (friendly)
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Panama (coming up)
Only Nicaragua is missing.. and they're the lowest-rated of the bunch.