Thursday, February 12, 2009

USMNT - 2 : Mexico - 0

Mexico showed in their match that they can be a dangerous team despite missing some key pieces in their matchup in Columbus against the US. They created some good chances early in the match and nearly capitalized on some US mistakes. However, in the end the US led by Michael Bradley with the brace proved to be too much.

In my opinion, Bradley and Beasley were the two pivotal players in this one. Beasley kept forcing the issue and created opportunities in the Mexican end. I believe he created the set piece that led to the first Bradley goal which came off of a corner kick that Donovan headed directly to the front of the goal which Bradley eventually cleaned up and put in the net.

Mexico was obviously frustrated with this result (and previous results against the US) as the incident after the match with one of the Mexican assistant coaches slapping Frankie Hejduk suggests. Their captain, Marquez, also received a red card in the second half for recklessly plowing into Tim Howard, and on the second goal by Bradley which came at the end of the match a couple of Mexican players are seen trying to pummel US players out of frustration.

Here are some recaps of the game: Bradley Credits “Team Effort” For U.S. Win

Soccer By Ives: USA vs. Mexico: The Day After

Soccer Insider: USA-Mexico Rewind

American Soccer News: Bradley brace boosts Gringos past Mexico