Orange Slices: USA vs. Mexico

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Orange Slices! US vs. Mexico

Hello and welcome to game day! That is, the final game for the States at Gold Cup 2011 and….the final meaningful game until World Cup 2014 qualifying kicks off. Wow.

The United States finds themselves in Pasadena, CA today against familiar opponents, Mexico and are looking to punch a ticket to the 2013 Confederation’s Cup, the dress rehearsal for the real thing the following year.

While nothing may be more American than California, the crowd today? Decidedly Mexican. It’s just the way it goes.

Moving on.

TSG’s Official Preview: USA vs. Mexico, Been There, Done That



Kickoff is slated for 6 p.m. PT.

English TV Broadcast: Fox Soccer (Kyle Martino with analysis) —  Spanish TV Broadcast: Univision, Web: or

Live Commentary: Right here at TSG!


Supporting Material:

• That’s On Point: Border Warz: A video history of the US-Mexico rivalry (very worth it)

• USA10Kit says Alejandro Bedoya is making the most of his chance Gold Cup call-in. We concur.

• TSG’s review of the last US-Mexico game at the Azteca. TSG the only publication that thought Cherundolo did well. A lot of points here that became quite popular.

•  Matt from Soccer Over There with some very interesting data indeed on Carlos Bocanegra positionally.

• Eric Wynalda says prior to Donovan’s benching he was “just going through the motions.


American Outlaws members gather here.



(Benny Feilhaber with a golazo for the United States to win the 2007 Gold Cup. The US fell to Mexico 5-0 in 2009.)

Weather forecast:

The weather? Down right, cough, rosy. 75, sunny, clouds running for their lives.

Surf forecast:

It’s California.

Too many to list. Let’s just go to place named El Porto just north of Manhattan Beach or to the locals, Shitpipe.

Looks like typical summer knee-slappers. Now, if you were going to head south to San Diego, out to sea about 100 miles, and it were the winter, well that would be a different story.


Beer Forecast: 

What to eat and drink if you’re going to the game or not. How to celebrate appropriately or be a, cough again, gracious loser.


As We Tweeted: Only sure thing about today’s match? Clarence Goodson will have a better Gold Cup than 2009. Has to be on his mind.

Sensing A Trend here: The U.S. back line of Steve Cherundolo, Clarence Goodson, Carlos Bocanegra and Eric Lichaj has played three consecutive games together as a starting unit, the first time Bob Bradley has used the same starting defensive unit in three straight games since the group stage of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup.

18 responses to this post.

  1. Cannot sleep. Too excited. Please, please, please let’s win. Are you already in LA or flying down today for the match?


    • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/25 at 9:07 AM

      Personal matter has kept me home unfortunately. I’ll still be able to watch.


      • Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/06/25 at 9:23 AM

        Hope everything is OK. Best wishes.

        Thanks for everything you do with this site. It is an amazing forum for US fans.


      • Bernie’s sentiments shared 100%. I hope everything is alright — sending warm thoughts your way. You guys are true gems to the soccer community for your tireless commitment to excellence. Thank you, and, again, best wishes.


      • Posted by matthewsf on 2011/06/25 at 9:34 AM

        Too kind guys. Just child responsibilities — no emergencies. Appreciate the sentiment.


  2. Posted by BernieBernier on 2011/06/25 at 8:55 AM

    Somewhat off topic but… I hate ESPN

    Loved ESPN magazine naming Mexico Soccer fans the best fans in the country in this issue (actually irked me more than the Rossi cover pre-World Cup). What about the 2004 Osama chants over the Star Spangled Banner? Awesome fans

    I get to watch a special on Chicarito including quotes from SAF and Ferdinand. Would it have killed them to do Dempsey instead? Between being Fulham player of the year, the highers American goal scorer in the Premier League last year, Fulham’s all time leading Premier League scorer, his wonder goal against Juve I am sure they could have filled 3 minutes.

    Ok rant over… hope to contribute something more valuable at some point.


  3. Posted by EFG on 2011/06/25 at 9:19 AM

    Farmer’s markets in the DC area are rife with US soccer gear. So I guess that’s something….

    Sorry, this late kickoff leaves me with a lot of time on my hands.


  4. Posted by John Henry on 2011/06/25 at 9:32 AM

    having a big party at my place, ostensibly unrelated to soccer, but I’m going to trick them and turn it into a free beer movement stars and stripes watching party! ha


  5. Posted by dth on 2011/06/25 at 10:21 AM

    Going to try and keep myself in the dark until Sunday morning–got a wedding to attend today. Think it should be doable.


  6. Posted by dosacero on 2011/06/25 at 10:41 AM

    wish this was earlier in the day… too long to wait!


  7. Posted by Soccernst on 2011/06/25 at 11:07 AM

    I thought you were going to mention Todos. Nope. Cortez Bank! Thasabigwave.


  8. Posted by Wallace on 2011/06/25 at 11:10 AM

    I love the game I’m going to play all day today, and have played many times before, where I talk to people and pretend like I’m not thinking about soccer. Or an even better game where I try subtly (sometimes not smoothly) to lead the conversation to soccer. I will be at a cook-out all day chatting with normal people… this is going to be a journey.


  9. Posted by dth on 2011/06/25 at 11:31 AM

    Grant Wahl has an interesting section on the betting irregularities of the early Gold Cup:

    As he says, it does diminish Mexico’s early triumphs a bit.


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