Mexico wins CONCACAF Gold Cup

Here are the winners

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Bravo, Mexico! this was a hard-fought match between two North American teams. Both have been in re-building mode for appropriate reasons. They were very evenly matched. Personally, I have as about as much expertise as the average fan – who never played the game.

I have only two things to say about the match: 1. The difference to my mind was that Mexico played a better match at defense. 2. I went looking through the pages of GOOGLE for an appropriate photo of the Mexican team celebrating this match – and GOOGLE has done their usual crappy job of showing us anything outside the realm of screaming USA/USA. So, I used the online scoreboard.

I found a photo this morning more representative of the match result and added it to the post.

Five Mexico footballers have tested positive for banned substance — or was it the chicken?

Five Mexico internationals have tested positive for the banned substance Clenbuterol…

Mexico are taking part in Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States.

They beat El Salvador 5-0 in their opening match and face Cuba on Thursday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The general secretary of the Mexican Football Federation (Femexfut) Decio de Maria said the quintet had been suspended from the tournament. He added that any further sanctions, which could include bans of up to two years, would be determined by Femexfut…

“The substance for which they were positive is Clenbuterol. The players will be withdrawn from coach Jose Manuel de la Torre’s team.” Decio de Maria added: “The cause is believed to be because of [eating] beef or chicken between 17 and 20 May so an investigation will be made with the food suppliers. For the time being we don’t see any negligence by anyone, not even theirs.

“We know there is a health alert throughout the country because of food contaminated with Clenbuterol and that will be taken into account for the investigation.”

In April, Germany’s anti-doping agency advised against athletes eating products from Mexico because it might increase the risk of involuntary positive doping results. Mexico denied there was a problem.

Cripes. Note to self. Make certain any Mexican chicken arriving in this household only comes from the Mennonite organic farms in northern Mexico.

United States 2 – 2 Costa Rica

Daylife/AP Photo used by permission

The US team dedicated the match to Charlie Davies. Fans raised his number 9 in support throughout the match. Charlie was in a terrible car crash a couple days ago and probably won’t be able to play for a year.

There’s plenty of detailed match coverage around. I just think they tried too hard to get it for Charlie. Especially his traveling roommate, Josie Altidore.

Costa Rica scored twice in 2 minutes in the first half. They played well – though the Mexican referee was pretty lax on diving. I can’t recall the last time I saw a keeper take a dive.

But, the US team pulled one back in the middle of the 2nd half – and then the Costa Rican coach destroyed his team’s chances by stage managing the slowest substitutions this side of Ligue Un.

He pissed off the Mexican referee with his tactics and got himself ejected. Followed closely by his assistant manager. And then the referee added on 5 minutes.

Jonathan Bornstein headed in a corner kick at 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Not only did the US team finish top of the CONCACAF group qualifying for the World Cup – Costa Rica went out of the top 3 and now faces playoff elimination against Uruguay from CONMEBOL.