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USA/Mexico in Review

MIKE CUMMINGS: The United States’ 1-1 draw with Mexico on Wednesday night served as a successful debut for new US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. Sure, the US fell behind early, again; the defense at times showed a few weaknesses, again; and we failed to beat Mexico, again. But several positive emerged from the match — enough to have reason to think Klinsmann’s reign will be a good one.

HOWARD MEGDAL: I generally agree with Mike on his takes, though I’d like to discuss some particulars where I differ. Continue reading

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Gold Cup Final Thoughts

HOWARD MEGDAL: My strong suspicion is that the results of the 2011 Gold Cup will fade through history, while the tournament will come to be known as the Freddy Adu Emergence.

Really, how many people were talking about the group…

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USA/Jamaica in Review

HOWARD MEGDAL: Sunday’s 2-0 win against Jamaica showcased one of the two American team personalities on display in the Gold Cup. Neither one looks like it will give Mexico much trouble, however.

MIKE CUMMINGS: You’re right, Howard. It’s hard to imagine Mexico quaking in its collective boots over either USA Jekyll or USA Hyde. I’ve stopped worrying about which one will show up for each game, just like I’ve stopped wondering why it happens and how to make it stop. All I worry about now is whether I’m being unpatriotic when I openly root for the USA to suffer another embarrassing loss. Continue reading

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World Cup Weekend Roundup

HOWARD MEGDAL (6/11, 6:10 PM): So the two first-day ties are being treated as equally shocking, but I don’t see them as remotely so. South Africa is the far bigger surprise here.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/13, 10:00 PM): There are few things that I respect more in life, let alone sports, than when someone immediately takes ownership of a mistake under the big lights.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/15 – 7:30 PM): Hard to not imagine what the rest of the world is saying: the boorish Americans are sounding off about the lack of scoring thus far. To be fair, it’s extremely difficult to score on this type of stage; each nation is fielding the crème-de-la-crème in terms of not just midfielders, but defenders as well.

JASON CLINKSCALES (6/16 – 1:30 PM): Switzerland’s win over heavily-favored Spain is already considered the biggest upset of the tournament and one of the biggest in recent memory. Yet, to call it scintillating would be an equally enormous stretch. Continue reading

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