U.S. Men's National Team

USA vs. Mexico (SBI Live Match Commentary)



COLUMBUS, Ohio– The game of the year for American soccer fans is upon us, and it will carry with it even more importance than usual.

The U.S. Men’s National Team takes on Mexico in World Cup Qualifying at Crew Stadium (8pm, ESPN) and the match is a vital one for both rivals. Mexico is in desperation mode after last week’s surprising 2-1 loss to Honduras, while the U.S. enter needing a win to clinch a place in the 2014 World Cup.

The U.S. will be without several starters who are either suspended or injured. Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore, Matt Besler and Geoff Cameron are all missing the match, which will put pressure on some new faces to step up.

Mexico enters having just fired head coach Manuel “Chepo” De La Torre, and new boss Luis Fernando Tena will try to revive the spirits of a Mexican side that simply hasn’t produced in the Hexagonal Round of qualifying.

SBI will be providing live commentary on tonight’s match so please feel free to follow along here. As always, you are welcome to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.

Enjoy the action (Tonight’s commentary is after the jump):

      • Brett

        I think we’re guaranteed at least 4th place even if Panama takes max points and we don’t get another result. If Panama drops a single point, we are guaranteed 3rd place.


  • Brett

    Mexico was in shambles. If we had Jozy or AJ on instead of Dempsey we score 4 or more.

    I still can’t believe he missed that PK. He knows he sucks at taking them. I wouldn’t even want him as one of my 5 in a shootout.

    Then again, maybe he did it on purpose to preserve the 2-0 score.


    • Neruda

      Doubt it. He looked tired. His approach to the ball was so slow. Penalties need to be hit with decisiveness. That was very poor at the end of the game. Dempsey should had Jones or mix take it. He was too gassed.

      Other than that Dempsey had some good moments and was hacked to pieces much of the game.


      • Brett

        His “good moments” were few and far between, and generally a result of several deflections in a crowded space.

        He does not move off the ball well at all. He drifts instead of attacking space, and he leaves himself in traffic waiting to pick up the ball instead of passing and moving. I’ve really grown tired of seeing his low work rate. It was forgivable when he was on form and pulling out wondergoals, but now we need more effort than he can, apparently, provide.


    • Patavia

      Deuce missed that penalty on purpose. It was obvious with his approach that it was the sportsmanlike action to take. Klinsi even nodded in agreement afterwards.


  • Chupacabra

    ESPN sent Jorge Ramos home early. Good riddance. His Mexi-homer commentary is annoying and worthless.


  • Squatchy?

    Panama now 1-1 with Honduras. Even if Panama were to win this game (am not expecting that), won’t be the worst thing to see Mexico fall into 5th place, even if it means we have to wait to officially qualify.


      • Silversurfer

        Why? The World Cup in the USA did just fine w/o England and France. Brazil ’14 will do a-ok if Mexico doesn’t make it. It may the enormous turning point though for US soccer because a generation of Mexican-Americans may finally throw their allegiance to US soccer and not the El Tri of their parents and grandparents


      • Dan M

        Mexico should be there, but the WC will be fine without them. We may convert some fans to USA even.


  • TomG

    Great job by Klinsi, completely out managing his counterpart. JJ, Beckerman bossed the midfield. EJ was huge. Deuce and Bedoya were strong on the ball, LD was tireless and skillful and the back line was organized and disciplined. Timmy was magnificent in keeping up in the game in vintage Timmy form. Mixx was the shiny cherry on top.


  • Paul

    – I have just one word: DEPTH. Bedoya, Beckerman, Mixx, Parkhurst. All played hard and all played well.
    – I thought this was one of Gonzalez best defensive games against a tough opponent. He partnered well with Goodson.
    – JJ atoned for Friday’s stinker against CR.
    – Not sure what to think of Dempsey. Yes, he was targeted every time he touched the ball, but was really ineffective for most of the match.


  • Mike R

    Theres a song played at a local sporting event here in Chicago and its appropriate for Mexico it goes like this…

    Sha na na na Sha na na na hey hey hey GOODBYE!!!!!!!!!!

    If im Mexico I never call Vela up ever again after he abandoned them in their hour of greatest need.


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