In a thrilling finish to
CONCACAF Gold Cup 2007, USA defeated
Mexico 2-1 before a pro Mexican crowd at
Soldier Field in Chicago. The Americans
reached the final after defeating
Canada 2-1 in the semi final, in what
turned out to be a very controversial
offside call by the referee. The offside
call negated Canadaís second goal that
would have tied the game in the dying
seconds of injury time in regulation
With all things
considered, USA was the team in the
tournament that was more deserving to be
the champion. They played consistently
all the way through and finished the
tournament with an unblemished 6-0-0
USA faced their stiffest
challenge in the semis and final games
against Canada and Mexico respectively.
They were a bit lucky to be ahead of
Canada 2-0 at the half, based on Canada
having a good part of the run of play.
Canada held its own and scored the only
goal of the second half which had the
Americans defending vigorously to
protect their one goal lead.
In the final the
Americans proved that they go both ways
against a Mexico team that may have been
overrated. USA defended when they had
to, and maintained their dangerous
offense when needed in a come from
behind win over Mexico. USA was trailing
1-0 after one half of play as they held
on for the half to regroup.
Mexico was the # team in
the CONCACAF region heading into the
Gold Cup tournament but they could not
secure the lead against a well precision
USA attack. As a result they gave up two
goals in just over ten minutes to
scramble at the end in an effort to
score the equalizer which never came.
Cup 2007 proved that the CONCACAF teams
have improved their soccer programs to
the level that shows that any team from
the region can qualify for the future
Canada performed well at Gold Cup 2007
and if their personnel and level of play can be
maintained, Canada would have a very good chance of
qualifying for World Cup South Africa 2010
meets Honduras in CONCACAF Menís Olympic final
Honduras advance to the final of the CONCACAF 2008 Men's Olympic
qualifyingafter defeating Canada
3-0 and Guatemala 5-6 on penalties respectively in their
semi final games at the CONCACAF qualifying tournament.
In the first semi final Honduras and Guatemala
played in a tight contest where the teams were deadlock
after 30 minutes of overtime while USA lead by Freddy Adu's two goals was more dominant in their
win against Canada in the second semi final.
USA has now qualified in their 13th Menís Olympic
soccer tournament, while Honduras will be making their
second appearance at the Summer Games.
The CONCACAF Tournament concludes on Sunday (23
March) at LP Field with Guatemala taking on Canada in
the third place match, while Honduras meet USA in the
final for the Confederationís Under-23 title.