Copa De Oro
June 26, 2011 by staff
Copa De Oro, With not much to do before the end of the Gold Cup between the U.S. and Mexico, it is time FMF state of mind the writers gave their two cents on who will win and why. So here they are. Who do you think will win and why? We also love to hear your predictions below in the comments section.
Mexico and the U.S. have played four competitive matches between the 2007 Gold Cup and now, with each team winning two of them. The two sides have been incredibly even in this period of time, but Mexico may finally have a playoff. They have been looking for a steady advance from center Jared Borgetti became old, and the same goes to # 10 and Cuauhtemoc Blanco. In Javier Hernandez and Giovani dos Santos, Mexico finally got the two players. Andres Guardado is a decision that playing time and his injury problems could potentially level the playing of the United States, but the entire front of first choice is four in the game and healthy for Mexico, which are the favorites. I like to win the game 2-1 in a game that the United States makes it very difficult for Mexico, despite its higher power numbers.
Mexico has a lot to the United States, entering the game on the back of some poor performances. I really like what you are doing and I think he Chepo players firmly on his side. I think Mexico is going to attack and seek to swamp the U.S. from the beginning. One concern is that while Mexico has scored 17 goals in the Gold Cup, the team has lost quite a few opportunities. The semifinal against Honduras went to extra time Mexico lost simply because a handful of very good chance. U.S. is a step up from Honduras and will surely punish Mexico for its sloppiness in front of goal at some point in the game. Tim Howard will be in great shape. Prediction: Mexico 3-1 USA.
Both Mexico and the United States have struggled to score a goal in recent games. U.S. narrowly defeated Panama 1-0 in the semifinals, while Mexico took time added to the count against Honduras. On the other hand, both defenses have been solid. U.S. is on a streak of shutout in three games, and Mexico has conceded just two goals in the tournament. This is probably not a good sign for those hoping to see a matter of high grade on Saturday.
The game is won and lost for both teams in the midfield. I would give Americans a slight edge in midfield – Jermaine Jones and Michael Bradley is much more athletic than Castro Gerardo Torrado and Israel. On the flanks is where Mexico is far superior. A complicating factor, however, is the health of the whole left side – left side end Andres Guardado and Carlos Salcido. It is likely that one or both of them lose the match. The loss of Guardado would be a blow to Mexico. He has always been one of the most brilliant players in the Tri this tournament and is one of the best in getting the ball to Chicharito in scoring position. Not Saved in the field, the U.S. gains an advantage, but a victory for Americans still will not be easy. They will do everything possible to plug the midfield and limit short passing game in Mexico, Honduras a successful strategy in the semifinals. Chicharito has scored in four of five games in Mexico this tournament. At some point he will have a good look at the goal, and is a player who usually can be counted on to convert. I think it will be close, very close game but in the end, Mexico will emerge as the victor by a margin of 1-0.
Mexico has reached the final, but has not been easy for the last two games. What these two games have shown is that Mexico has its weaknesses, but also a very strong team. Given that similar quality of resistance and struggle in the United States is likely to be a tough, low scoring game. U.S. not be able to keep your body incredibly talented Mexican attack off the scoresheet, but must be able to nick a goal and an extra strength time. I think if the U.S. Mexico can keep pushing the night to be taken out as a winner and champion. U.S. to win 2-1 in extra time after drawing 1-1 in regulation. And there you have it. Three of our writers that Mexico will win, while Nick thinks that the U.S. can take away.
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