Saturday, June 25, 2011

Gold Cup Final Is Finally Here

Gold Cup final day today. A sold-out Rose Bowl will be sight of the latest US-Mexico encounter.

Don't think any of us are surprised we're here as the two best teams have reached the final - the paths were paved towards such a meeting.

Anyway, now that the match is here I can focus on the game and, well, it's tough to see the U.S. winning. Mexico has been playing strong during this tournament while the U.S. hasn't. Based on form, Mexico has the advantage.

But we've seen the U.S. respond to similar situations against Mexico, and American players are always confident in their abilities to beat Mexico.

Now, this will also be the first Gold Cup final in Southern California since 2002. Used to be that all the finals were out here as the Coliseum played host to the Gold Cup finals in 1991, 1996, 1998 and 2000, with the Rose Bowl hosting the 2002 final. Since then, it's been in Mexico City, New York (twice) and Chicago. And this will also be the first US-Mexico game in Southern California since October 2000, when Landon Donovan debuted with a goal in a 2-0 US victory.

Anyway, don't really have a whole lot of insight at this late hour but we'll be sure and bring you a lot of coverage during and after the match right here.

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