Monday, July 27, 2009

Post-Match Reaction: Mexico 5, U.S. 0


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U.S. Men's National Team Head Coach Bob Bradley

On allowing goals in the second half:
“The second half for us is not what we’re all about. It’s important we can look hard at ourselves and learn from a half like that and use it the right way.”

On if the inexperience of the U.S. players factored into the result:
“The area where we didn’t do well enough was our response to the first goal. I think the first half we played pretty well, and now when the second half starts you obviously want to build on that. We had one very good chance at the start of the second half when Robbie Rogers hit one over. But now, when we get down, your ability to make sure that the game doesn’t become a free-for-all where the other team has all sorts of space and opportunities, where your numbers aren’t good enough in the back when the ball turns over, where you lose bad balls, so there’s a lot of different things there that obviously came into play. I think it’s most important that we can look at those things.”

On finishing second in the Gold Cup:
“Today was their day. When you have to stand there, whether it’s in the Confederations Cup in South Africa and it’s Brazil, or whether it’s in Giants Stadium and it’s the Gold Cup and it’s Mexico, when you finish second you have to stand there – which is the right thing to do – see the other team get their medals, hold up the trophy, that’s a feeling that as athletes, as competitors it’s a feeling that you don’t like. You hope those are things that help you grow in the future on an individual basis and on a team basis. Like I said, today is their day, they can celebrate. It’s our job to make sure we’re ready for what we already knew was a challenge to play in Azetca. We’ll be ready. It’s 90 minutes and it starts over.”

On seeing a lot of younger players during this tournament:
“I think we’ve had a good chance to see so many different players. I think we’ve got a good, solid nucleus, but we’re always looking for players that we believe are going to move forward and help our team.”

U.S. Men’s National Team captain and forward Brian Ching
On giving up five goals:
“When it comes down to it we just lost our composure. They're a good team and they punished us. ... ”

On what they’ll take from the game:
"You look at anybody in the United States and this loss will anger you. We have to channel that, use it and bring it with us on August 12."

U.S. Men's National Team goalkeeper Troy Perkins
On what happened after halftime:
“We were where we wanted to be and we had controlled the things we wanted to. We just exposed ourselves too much in the second half and they punished us for it.”

22 comments:

MSP buisness said...

CONCACAF refs are the worst no PK=diff game plain and simple

cfmsd said...

How embarrasing! We looked pathetic. I expected us to goto pks or lose by 1 or 2, but 5-0. Thanks for helping our Aug match even harder. They made us look like AYSO. Hey guys the trap isn't working.

Bone Daddy Sammer said...

The pain, oh the pain. The spell has been broken. Now let's break their spell on Aug 12th. Knocking them out of the WC would be ample pay back. It wasn't our day, but lets make it our year. All the way, USA!

nate said...

So sad to watch, when will the federation replace this incompetent coach? All the blame is on him, he is the one who panicked after the first goal and radically changed the formation which made an already inexperienced defense even more vulnerable.

You gotta give credit to Aguirre he made the right changes and the federation should look at this game as an example of good coaching vs. bad coaching.

Bob Bradley should resign immediately! The man has no backbone he is a horrible coach!
The players should not be ashamed they did everything they were asked to do by their coach, all the blame is on him and the federation.

doorworker said...

It's such a huge shock to compare the second half yesterday with the second half defensive performance of the 2-0 Spain match.

I know these were b-team younger guys, but wow. You'd think there'd be a degree of consistency, that the drop-off in the level of play wouldn't have been such a steep cliff.

Desert Fox said...

The turning point was the PK. As someone that saw it happen live and had a better view than the ref it looked as if the US player was the one that was fouled, getting an elbow right to the face, not the other way around. That call changed everything.

With that said the US squad needs to keep much better composure. I suspect Aug 12 will be a much different story.

sancle1 said...

gio, andvela'seed were the key for the mexican victory along with a heartless u.s. defense. why coach bradley, kept the offside trap i still dont know.the game should of ended 8-0

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thizzlemountain said...

second half sucked. but whats worse is i kept believing that the boys could scratch there way back from 3-0 but they folded even harder. got to be by far the worst game iv'e ever seen played by the us.

jakob said...

There is no excuse for this awful loss!! even the USA team before mls didn't get humiliated like this. 10 years of dominance is now gone. it took mexico 1 game to delete them. from those years the 5-0 game will always come up first. If it wasn't for Perkins Mexico would have won 7-0 easily! the only thing that will overshadow the worst american loss on home soil is winning at Azteca...

pdrcoot said...

Well time to put that behind us considering that there might be only one or two players from that game on the WC roster.

Revenge is spelled: August 12th.

I<3MNT said...

oh guys, you know there is a great difference between the A team and the B team, then it's hard for Bob Bradley because first when you train a team that has the skill and the experience to beat spain and after that you have to train and play with a team that has experience in game and there are only young playeurs who can't even beat Haiti...So before the match I knew we were going to lose and I were really sad to know that Mexico beat us 5-0.

SeƱor Tocino said...

It's a real shame that, after all of the great things that this group of guys accomplished during this tournament, the only thing that anybody will remember is the second half of the game against Mexico. As an American I'm embarassed that even at Giants Stadium we lacked the same home field advantage that every other national team in the world gets for a game of this magnitude. For this I blame most of the mainstream media, who relegated their Gold Cup coverage, (as well as their coverage of the rest of the flurry of amazing soccer activity that has been taking place in this country for the past several weeks,) to tiny blurbs hidden in obsure section of the sports pages. These players deserve much better from us.

On the bright side, I'm very happy to see that Mexico will now be so overconfident on August 12th. Let's just see what Landon, Josey, Clint, Michael, Gooch, Steve, Carlos, Tim and company have to say about that.

Jason said...

How sweet would it be to go into Azteca on Aug. 12 and get some payback for yesterday? I would even settle for a draw. Either result would take to wind out of Mexico's sails.

Jeff said...

I still believe the team had a good tournament, even a good first half of the final. The second half was what is charitably called a 'teachable moment'. I only wish this team had an opportunity to play again after the Mexico loss.

I<3MNT said...

Mexico will see what real MNT can do on August 12...it's gonna be an easy game for us. Go USA !

Mike L said...

The unfortunate thing is that Bob Bradley continues to use players who will probably never see the field for crucial international matches instead of players who need more experience and will be great for us in the near future (ala Adu).

Is it any coincidence that the US looked a lot better and scored more goals with Adu in the line up than without him?

Until we use our top team on a consistent basis, how can we have any cohesion as a team when they do not play with each other ever? I don't remember seeing the same players on the field against Spain as those playing against Costa Rica...

Bob Bradley needs to get off of his middle school "everyone deserves a chance to play" kick and field his best players. That was not even the "B" team out there, it was, at best, the "C-" team in the final

WC FAN said...

I HAVE ALWAYS COMPLAINED ABOUT MEXICO PLAYING AGAINST THE US IN A MICKEY MOUSE STADIUM THAT SEATS NO MORE THAN 30,000 FANS. IM GLAD THEY PLAYED AT GIANTS STADIUM. THIS GREAT RIVALRY DESERVES BEING PLAYED IN 70,000 SEATS OR GREATER STADIUMS. HOPEFULLY FUTURE GAMES BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE US WILL BE PLAYED IN THESE TYPES OF STADIUMS..THE RIVALRY DESERVES IT.

MEXICO 5 - USA 0 said...

History will NOT be made at Azteca. Mexico 2 - USA 0 with both goals scored in the second half.

Edgar said...

It was no fluke, Mexico finally has the right group of guys. We would have won against the A team anyway. Well win Aug 12 and go farther in the WC than America..
VIVA MEXICO.......

Augie said...

Now everybody knows how USA plays allways the same tactic doesn't mater if it's Team A or B I don't think they can surprised Spain again in the next 40 years

ProfessorC180 said...

Where to begin. I'm a bit late, but needed all this time to wind down.Depressing and...disgusting?Bradley said he knew how much this meant to fans...really?We put a C team out there,but under his watch. We shouldn't ask for his head until after Aug.12. Only b/c Costa Rica WC Quali. 3-1? 3-0? was EMBARRASING.DISAPPOINTING. Also the unnecessary losses to Italy & Brazil in Confed. cup. Mr.Bradley PLEASE STOP EXPERIMENTING.WE CAN'T KEEP ASKING THE BEST & SAME PLAYERS TO BAIL US (and you)OUT i.e. Donovan,Oguchi,Howard... This loss can cost us a lot. You & many others can downplay this, but what if Donovan got injured?(Lord forbid.) Our opponents just got a shot of hope...at our expense;we supplied them with it.Perhaps the most dangerous thing.Wasn't Blatter at the game? How can or does this help our bid for supremacy and #1 seed(group seed or head of group)at World Cup? Winning at Azteca is no easy feat, even with our better and more talented team(a fact to all you mexicans...face reality.Mexico doesn't have a bad team and a loss shouldn't hinder a WC berth.However a win for mexico...and I'm eating crow.) All this pain & sadness must be taken b/c Mr.Bradley is not listening.Your not a bad coach;You've achieved good things, but please play your best players. Even they need play b/c otherwise a loss brings issues of how they don't know their teammates from lack of time. A real team is like family.So keep them together.I hope some one reads this and finds it useful. Thank you for your time. and as always GO USA!