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USMNT 2, Mexico 2: Field-Level Highlights

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  1. One thing I didn’t hear many people talk about was Beltran. Considering all the questions at right back, I thought he did alright. Certainly better then Evans looked against South Korea.

  2. I missed Clarence Goodson tackling a Mexican player face-first to the ground when I watched live.. it’s at 7:20.

      • Personally I don’t think it’s a dive but you can’t put your arms out and turn to ref as you’re falling like that.

      • It wasn’t a dive… He might have been able to jump over than Mexican’s knee but I don’t see why he should have to.

        It’s not a dive to have your run impeded by someone not making a play for the ball.

      • hard to argue it was even a foul, the way Green looks for the contact and then embellishes it.

        Hate to say it but it seems the ref got that one right.

      • I am of the opinion it was knee to knee contact. Sadly that’s the only thing you cant see in any camera shots.

        However, if you watch 22’s body. It is turned with the force of making contact with Green. Also, if you freeze the frame at 7:17 you can see that Greens foot is inside the instep of the 22 who lunged his leg outward.

        It was a foul. Not that it really matter now.

  3. A few things jump out at me from these highlights:

    1. It appears our fan base is made up of Bros(dbags) and hipsters.
    2. Bradley is only good for one half, will call him BM45
    3. Marquez has been eating some of that chicken since he left MLS
    4. Beckerman has been watching too many Marquez videos.
    5. LOL at Mexicans saying they gifted us the 1st half as a thank you.

  4. If we had won I would nominate this for the motion picture of the year…if it were up to me to nominate that. but great video!

  5. A few things that jump out at me from these highlights:

    1. Omar is slow and not good enough.
    2. Bradley is excellent.
    3. That Beckerman tackle was awful.
    4. Davis is not good enough.
    5. We shouldn’t be bummed to get a draw in an away game

    • Yes that Beckerman tackle would be judged as a straight red by some refs. Went through the player with absolutely no chance at the ball.

      • I think Klinsey was employing some Mou tactics, if you notice the Mex coach was furious with the US physical play (luckily no one got injuried so close to the WC).

      • Faster than Besler? No.
        Faster than Cameron? No.
        Faster than Orozco? No.
        Faster than Parkhurst? No.
        Faster than Bocanegra? Maybe.
        Faster than Gooch? Maybe.
        (And that is just the USMNT pool).

        And, he may be fast over a long distance, but his quickness is SEVERELY lacking and THAT is the big concern.

        Young and still raw? Come on, man. I am a Galaxy fan and I can’t even say that with a straight face. He is 25, not that young. He just does not have the chops. Maybe, it will come with time. Maybe.

  6. my brain is so trained to 2-0 scoreline when I read the title to this article I read it as 2-0. had to do a double take

    • It would solve the problem with football lines. It would also show the level of commitment from the ownership in Atlanta. However at the moment it just looks like MLS is being used to fill a calender, just to justify it being built.


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