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August 12, 2009 at 12:56 PM

“Siete tubos de oxigeno” — USA/Mexico game thread

Andres Cantor, who is calling the match on Telemundo, just said that the U.S. team medical staff ordered “siete tubos de oxigeno” — 7 tubes of oxygen — for the players.
Watching the national anthems. Love Mexico’s. I do wish the fans would show more respect for the U.S. anthem but hey, might never happen. It is what it is.
We’re about ready to go…
Blanco, Gio Dos Santos start for MX. Howard, Bocanegra, Ching, Donovan in the lineup for USA. Cantor just said this is a “must-win game” for Mexico.
1:03 kickoff.
2– Andres Guardado with shot, saved.
3 — Wow, U.S. really close there, close to a penalty. Davies has the speed to be a factor. Back comes MX.
6 — Dos Santos off to a good start for Mexico, and El Tri is attacking more early. Howard heres it from the crowd as he rips into goal kick.
8 — Corner kick for US, it’s Bocanegra…looking for Onyewu cleared away.
8 — Jhonny Magallon great tackle on Dempsey who was on a run.
9 — GOALLLLLLL! Charlie Davies USA. What a service he got and he was off to the races. Got behind the defense and put it in on the run. Can you hear “el aire saliendo del globo” at Azteca? (the air leaving the balloon).
Nice celebration by Davies, pretending to grab a mic and sing into it.
Could this be the day for the Americans? Never having won in Mexico. A win today and Mexico’s chances for the World Cup are super slim.
15 — Corner coming up for MX, Blanco takes it and its cleared out by Onyewu.
U.S. speed is superior, it seems, but how long will the Americans be able to run at this altitude? Or maybe Bob Bradley knows something we don’t.
19 — Mexico continues to attack and has controlled possession….
GOALLLLLLLL de MEXICO! What a blast from Israel Castro. How far away was that shot? It seemed like Mexico was attacking and getting closer, and now the equalizer. Not much a defense can do about that except get out on the shooter, but Mexico has had guys in space all day so far.
Results of a poll just showed on screen on Telemundo. Cantor rules as a soccer broadcaster by the way. Poll said 56 percent of viewers think MX will qualify for the World Cup.
TELEMUNDO Ch. 607
mun2 : 603
Those of you getting mun2 should be able to get Telemundo. And I urge you to just try it for a hot second and listen to the Spanish announcers. I will flip to mun2 on my end for a bit.
Dang it! I’m so into this right now that my tacos are getting cold! Hope you all had a chance to hear me on 950 KJR with Softy about an hour ago.
29 — Yellow on US DeMerit (who is he?) for tackle on Dos Santos. And the shot….what a save by Howard, who punched it away with both hands.
33 — Davies is dangerous, look at him put on some moves. This time cleared away.
34 — Should have been a yellow there on MX defender with tackle. I think that was Guardado.
35 — Donovan looking for Gooch with the free kick after the foul, that was close. If Gooch heads that, it’s 2-1.
The grass is so well-cut that it looks like stripes on a shirt. Mexico now just keeping it away from U.S.
38 — It looks like the only way the U.S. is going to score again is to do so on a breakout with a couple of passes. The Americans aren’t putting passes together because they aren’t getting possession. E. Juarez with run for Mexico, crosses, cleared out.
41 — Donovan just had to get photogs out of the way on the corner before his kick. Davies was jokceying for position.
44 — Cantor: “The crowd is waiting to see the Giovani Dos Santos from the Gold Cup. So far they haven’t.”
46 — Bocanegra with a nasty hit, draws a yellow.
And there’s the halftime whistle. 1-1.
Just got this in email:
http://envivo.terra.com/deportes/live/259-eu/ is streaming the game online.
BUENAS NOTICIAS (good news!) : Yours truly has been approved to go to Washington D.C. for the Open Cup final! Hope to see many of you at RFK! Take the Metro!
AND We’re back….Yup, three yellows for U.S.
OK I flipped it to mun2 for a second, just not feeling it. Back over to Telemundo.
51 — Corner by Blanco to Guille Franco, left foots it too hard.
52 — Nice work by Osorio on Davies, who had some daylight there.
WHOA….cool slo-mo of Blanco’s corner that Howard saved in the first half just shown on Telemundo.
I have never been to Mexico City. It seems so huge….
55 — Carlos Vela — huge difference maker in Gold Cup — is in for Blanco.
Looks like U.S. is making ready with some subs…
58 — Stuart Holden in,. Ricardo Clark out. Good sub by Bradley. Holden is great. Why doesn’t he play for Scotland? 🙂
59 — Dos Santos with time to set up a shot…saved by Howard. Looks like Fielhaber is in for U.S.
Good no-call by the ref there as Vela goes down.
62 — What a pass to Dos Santos from Torrado, but solid D there by Bocanegra on Gio.
Fans at Azteca chanting “Si Se Puede!” (It can be done!)
Nice moment there as Cantor says hello to the U.S. troops watching the game in Iraq, I think it was.
Fans are yelling something inappropriate for children with each Howard goal kick.
66 — The shadows are growing larger over the field. It’s 5:30 in Mexico City. Anyone ever been there? Been to the museums or Chapultepec Park? Or Xochimilco?
69 — Nery Castillo about to come on for MX.
70 — Cantor just said that Donovan has no legs left and he looks done.
Holden for Davies in front, ooooohhhhh!!!! very close.
Castillo in, Guardado out.
What we do know is, Davies is still running well. Iffy offside call there in 72nd.
76 — Mike Bradley fouls Dos Santos, free kick time. From just outside the box. It’s a corner for Mexico though Howard protests. And now we have a fight. A U.S. player is down. Torrado got a yellow for Mexico i guess for grabbing Davies. Fielhaber pretended to be choked. Are you kidding me? A lot of you are complaining about Mexico’s flops. OK fine, but did you see Fielhaber? What a joke. Let’s be fair here.
Altidore in for U.S. Mexico with a shot in front in 77th, saved by Howard.
79 — Sabah, another Gold Cup hero, is in for MX.
80 — Corner to Sabah is headed and caught by Howard.
Man its getting intense. OK, Mexican player, bad move to mess with Gooch there. The guy is twice your size. Mexico has really dominated this game and might have nothing to show for it.
GOALLLLLL!!!!! GOLAZZZZZZO de Mexico! Sabah is able to stop the ball and fire it home after the first run to the goal by E. Juarez is stopped. Loose ball comes out to Sabah for the score. It comes in 83rd minute and now, Mexico is in the driver’s seat. 2-1 Mexico. Donovan got taken to school by Juarez on the play and Gooch didn’t recover in time to stop Sabah.
Dos Santos gets a yellow in 85th.
U.S. is attacking now. Oh man, Donovan is getting pelted with cups and debris in the corner. He puts his hands up to protest as cops put the plexiglass shields over the corner to try and protect Landon.
Now the stall tactic by MX and Howard chases down the MX player and shoves him out of the way to get the ball — 89th. Love that play by Tim.
Two minutes left in extra time….. 91st.
93 — That’s it! Final score Mexico 2, U.S. 1. 9 points for Mexico in qualifying, putting them right into the thick of it. Sorry I confused their point total with Honduras, thanks for the correction.
A major challenge for any team to come to Azteca and win. Game effort by the U.S. They cashed in their one great chance but was dominated in possession otherwise. The winless streak for U.S. continues in Mexico. 0-23-1.
Better team won today. Bottom line. Now if only Honduras can lose or draw….Mexico will be in top three. I think its good for CONCACAF to have both U.S. AND Mexico in the World Cup. Better for the region, better for increasing exposure because we do have a large Mexican population here, better because there’s always drama!
Thanks for taking time to watch with me and follow along. Que tengan buen resto del dia!
-Jose

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