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USA-Mexico: Overwhelming Circumstances

csesno2010-05-12 22:50:44 +0000 #1
The game yesterday was a blast to watch. For someone who is not too interested in the MLS, I love to watch international play especially when the game could make or break chances to qualify for both sides. In the first half, it seemed like the US team was going to be able to run with the stronger Mexican team. Landon Donavan was playing quite well, although did not get much help from Dempsey or any of the other stars.

Things didn't go so well in the second half. Donavan looked a bit more tired, and the Mexicans really started stepping up their gameplay. Coaching was tilted in the Mexican's favor, as some well-timed substitutions came on and made their impact right away. Certainly the stadium and the fans had a lot to do with that. Team USA has never won a game in Estadio Azteca and yesterday was a perfect example of why.

The fans intimidated the ref, players, and even members of the media (see article below). If the fans will throw beers at Donavan on corner kicks, what would they do to the ref if he called a foul against a Mexican player? I like this article describing the experience as an American journalist in the press box. Check out the part where he interacts (read: they shout obscenities and flip him the bird) with some fans in front of the press box.

As a US fan, it was sad to see them come away with a loss, but at the same time not too discouraging because they were able to compete (albeit mainly in the first half) with a tough Mexican team in one of the toughest stadiums in the world. Obviously, I would have loved to see the US come away with a victory, but I am not too disheartened since they will still most likely qualify and on the whole they showed some promise for the future.

Let me know what you all think!



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