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USA News and Reviews  By Aldwyn McGill

  

USA CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions 2007

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 Canada’s second goal that would have tied the game in the dying seconds of injury time in regulation play. 

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 record 

 

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.

 

Gold 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 FIFA tournaments.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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