The Mexico and United States went round to the stars to move forward to the Gold cup final.
The Americans overcame Panama 1-0 and El Tri bat Honduras 2-0 in semifinals on Wednesday, putting up one more championship final among the two power teams of the CONCACAF region.
Mexico and the U.S. have succeeded nine of the 10 Gold Cups contested since the biennial tournament got its present form in 1991. The U.S. strikes El Tri 2-1 in 207, and Mexico won 5-0 in the 2009 final.
Aldo de Nigris, Mexican forward said, “We know what the U.S. represents. We know it will be a tough rival, but we have to worry about ourselves, and, for me personally, it provides extra motivation because I’ve never played one of these finals.”
Before the Americans can believe regarding Mexico, they had to exchange a dazzling loss to Panama on June 11.
Clint Dempsey achieved in the 77th minute off an assist from Landon Donoval, and the Americans gained a 1-0 win. The U.S. has kept off its previous three opponents since the 2-1 loss to Panama in the group stage.
Bob Bradley, American Coach said, “It was a really good team effort. It was a hard game, for sure. I thought the mentality of the group was looking for ways to win.”
Freddy Adu completed a long-awaited come back to American soccer in the second half, and put up the winning play with a long, slanting pass to Donovan, who played I his 27th consecutive God Cup match to expand his own record.
Julio Dely Valdes, the coach said his team surprised the Americans in their previous match, and the U.S. team was more concentrated this time.
Dely Valdes said, “It was a very intense game, very few chances for both teams. I’m pleased with my team’s performance; they fought until the very end.”
Bradley said Adu fought in early fight back in early practices for the tournament, although has progressively recovered his form.
Bradley said, “From the start of this camp, Freddy’s made progress. The opportunity (Wednesday) was earned on his part. You could see him getting sharper, his confidence coming back. He was a nice part of the play that led to the goal. It’s important for him, he earned this opportunity and I think everybody on this team feels good about that.”
The U.S. is winning in 22 of its previous 24 games in the Gold Cup, a tournament with 12 teams from Central and North American and the Caribbean.
Jose Manuela de la Torre, a Mexican coach said, “This is what we expected. Honduras is very orderly, very strong. Our team was not finding the spaces.”
Pablo Barrera assisted on both objectives for Mexico on Wednesday.
De Nigris headed the first previous Honduran goalkeeper Orlin Vallecillo in the third minute of the further period, drawing roars from the deeply pro-Mexico crowd at Reliant Stadium.
“Chicharito” the baby-faced previously a big star in Mexico, after that activated the loudest applaud of the night when he utilized his right hip to forward Barrera’s corner kick in the ninth minute of overtime.
Reliant Stadium, home of the Houston Texans of NFL was filled with green-clad followers of El Tri, and growls went up each time a Mexican player dribbled into the open field.
The pronounced crowd was 70,627, the second-biggest attendance figure for a soccer match in the history of the stadium. The game of previous summer among Manchester United and All-Starts from Major League Soccer drew 70,728.