Mexico vs. United States
Mexico won the Gold Cup in emphatic style when beating the US by four goals to two back in June and since then a few things have happened for boths squads. Firstly the US dismissed Bob Bradley as coach and then hired the former German manager Jurgen Klinsmann. Klinsmann had a brief tenure in Germany and took the team to the World Cup semi – final in 2006 where they were defeated by eventual winners Italy. Klinsmann has been living in America for 14 years and knows the MLS and the american system. To me it seems a good match but his ability as a manager has not really been proven as of yet as he took over a very talented German side that were playing at home in a World Cup and he only last six months with Bayern Munich before a fallign out with the board of directors cost him his job. The US have not named Clint Dempsey in the squad and the fulham man will be missed as he is a leader on the pitch. But with Klinsmann going for youth and home grown player with a mix of experience and internationaly based players ,I think the introduction of Rogers to the squad is a good thing for the player and the squad. Captain Tim Howard will be looking for another solid performance in goals and hope to lead the team to victory in Philadelphia.
Mexico won the Gold Cup and were impressive doing it Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez was superb finishing as top scorer and being a threat throughout the tournament. Chicarito as he is known has become a global icon and it is a pity he misses this match through a concussion picked up in training on United’s preseason tour of america. But Mexico have alot of attacking flair still in the squad and Giovani Dos Santos and Paulo Barrera scorers of three of the four goals in the Gold Cup final will be looking to add to their reputation.
This one is tough to pick both sides are missing important players and while I think the US might just get the victory for their new manager I think we’ll definitely see goals in this one so I say go over 2.5 goals.