Gold Cup Final
June 25, 2011 by staff
Gold Cup Final, U.S. star Landon Donovan has said from the bench is starting to frustrate him, before the final CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Los Angeles Galaxy forward is the country’s all-time leading scorer, scoring 45 times in 135 international matches, but coach Bob Bradley has chosen to begin the 29-year-old on the bench for both the quarter and semi-finals – which means a place in the starting lineup for the final against Mexico is in danger.
Donovan said that from the pine was beginning to wear a little thin, and he hoped a start in Saturday’s final in Pasadena. “No competitor ever likes to start on the bench so if someone says that you are lying,” said Donvan. “Fortunately, they are not paid to make those decisions, but what is important to me is when I can not play to play, the minute I’m playing – is that I am effective when I do play.”
Saturday’s game will be the third successive final between the United States and Mexico, the U.S. victory in 2007 and winner in 2009 Mexico and the U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard are hoping a special game.
“It’s what everyone wanted,” said Howard. “You know it’s always a great occasion.”
“I’ve said as a U.S. player is what is measured, how you face to Mexico, how you do, and that in the end makes it more special. Tomorrow will be an incredible event. ”
Mexico is aiming for a record ninth Cup gold, and their coach Jose Manuel de la Torre agrees with Howard that the rivalry with the U.S. is exceptional.
“Well, the rivalry has grown over the years,” said De La Torre. “It has become important for all Mexicans living in the United States. This is a classic game now.”
“That makes the game a little hot, as we say. But ultimately, still just a football game.”
“We’re both good teams and good coaches and we have had a difficult time to get where we are today.”
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