USA v Mexico – Keys To The Match – CONCACAF Gold Cup (Copo Oro) – 25 June 2011
The Gold Cup, CONCACAF’s tournament every two years, will be decided on Rose Bowl on Saturday, June 25, 2011. What will each team need to do to win the match and what will be important factors?
Below are some keys to the match.
USA v Mexico – Keys To the Match
- Javier Hernandez (Chicharito) – He’s been the top scorer in this tournament and arguably the best player in CONCACAF right now. He’ll need to continue to provide scoring for Mexico but will face the toughest defense yet in the Americans. If he scores a goal, Mexico’s chances are very high to win.
- Landon Donovan – After not starting the last two matches, Donovan will likely start in the final. He’s not had a great tournament and will need to play much better if the USA are to reclaim the Gold Cup trophy.
- The Crowd – It’s no surprise that most of the fans at the Rose Bowl will be supporting Mexico. This could prove to be a great benefit to Mexico and also a hindrance. If Mexico are able to start strong and take an early lead, then the fans should provide a great atmosphere that will make it feel like a home match. However, if Mexico struggle then the pressure could mount and the crowd could be a negative.
- Guardado/Salcido – Two of Mexico’s starters face injury concerns which could have a major impact on the match. If one or both aren’t able to start then it could make them vulnerable, especially with Salcido who plays left-back.
- Freddy Adu/USA Bench – In the Panama match, it was an appearance by Freddy Adu in the second half that sparked their goal. The match is likely to be close which should provide an opportunity for Adu. He is the kind of player for the USA that they need against a side like Mexico, who will probably have more possession but be vulnerable on the counterattack.