U.S. Soccer

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup

USA

Revenge at the Rose Bowl

Site of Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup, The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Califrnia, has been host to some of American soccer’s biggest triumphs.

It held the U.S. MNT’s first World Cup victory in 44 years – an unforgettable 2-1 win against Colombia in 1994, the WNT’s 1999 World Cup Final win against China and the men’s repatriation of the 2002 CONCACAF Gold Cup thanks to a 2-0 win in the final against Costa Rica.

While it’s seen great moments, it also played host to a match most U.S. fans would rather forget. Nine years on from the 2002 win against Costa Rica, the MNT returned to Pasadena to play for the same Gold Cup trophy against heated rivals Mexico.

While the game was in the United States, the vast majority of the 93,420 in attendance were behind El Tri. Despite the disadvantage in support, the U.S. ran out to a dream start as Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored to give the team a 2-0 lead inside the first 23 minutes.


Micheal Bradley celebrates with Landon Donovan after the pair had put the MNT up 2-0 in the first half of the 2011 Gold Cup final. 

“We started that game off really well – you couldn’t ask for a better start up 2-0,” remembered MNT midfielder Alejandro Bedoya.

Just as the MNT made it look easy to go up two goals early on, Mexico made coming back to equalize look just as simple as Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado pulled their side level by the 36thgminute. Locked 2-2 at the break, Mexico fed off the crowd as Barrera put El Tri ahead 3-2 in the 50th minute before Giovanni dos Santos’ 76th minute chip confirmed the result for Mexico.

“We just bottled it,” continued Bedoya. “If we could have that start again, I would take it in a heartbeat. It’s just about finishing the game off.”

No stranger to big matches, MNT captain Michael Bradley said even though four years have passed since the match, the game and El Tri’s celebration afterwards still sticks in his memory.

“Any time you lose a final, you don’t forget that quickly,” Bradley told ussoccer.com. “I think while it was a great game that day – both teams went at it – in the end, they were able to make a few more plays than we did and when you have to watch your big rival lift a trophy, that stays with you.”

“That was tough,” agreed Bedoya. “It was tough to just be a player and having to wait on the field at The Rose Bowl, standing there and seeing them walking across that stage, celebrating on our home soil… it left us all with a bitter taste in our mouths.”


Alejandro Bedoya challenges Gerardo Torrado in the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

While the memory of 2011 still stings, with a ticket to Russia on the line, Bedoya said he’ll use the memory as motivation for Saturday’s CONCACAF Cup.

And with the way the U.S. fan base has grown with groups like the American Outlaws leading the charge, Bedoya expects a different atmosphere Saturday.

“I remember there were a lot of Mexican fans in attendance,” Bedoya said. “In four years, I think a lot has changed in terms of soccer in this country. I don’t think we’ll be seeing those same numbers at The Rose Bowl this year. I think our fans will come out in full support and that’s all we can hope for. The rest just comes down to us playing and doing whatever it takes to win, going all out and knowing that this result means a lot to so many people everywhere.”

The game certainly means a lot to Bradley. In the buildup to the match last week, the U.S. captain chose a message about the Mexico match to debut the public setting on his previously private Instagram account.

With CONCACAF announcing tickets for the match sold out on Monday, fans have certainly recognized the magnitude of the occasion and according to Bradley, outside of the World Cup, there are few international matches that will compare to Saturday’s game.

“Games against Mexico don’t come around every day,” he said of the post. “Games against Mexico that have so much on the line don’t either. You can play friendlies, you can play games where nothing matters, but in a game like this, with the way everything has been built up, it means everything. The atmosphere is going to be amazing. It’s two good teams who want to win, who want to go at each other and I think it’s set up to be a great night.”

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Schedule

Results

Date Matchup Result Venue Attendance Goal Scorers
MNT vs Mexico 2-4 L Rose Bowl; Pasadena, Calif. 93,420
MNT vs Panama 1-0 W Reliant Stadium; Houston, Texas 70,267
MNT vs Jamaica 2-0 W RFK Stadium; Washington, D.C. 45,423
MNT vs Guadeloupe 1-0 W Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan. 20,109
MNT vs Panama 1-2 L Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla. 27,731
MNT vs Canada 2-0 W Ford Field; Detroit, Mich. 28,209

PLAYER POS. HT. WT. BIRTHDATE HOMETOWN CLUB/COLLEGE CAPS/G
F 5-8 140 Potomac, Md.
F 6-3 183 Barnegat, N.J. New England Revolution 19/3
F 6-1 175 Boca Raton, Fla. Toronto FC 93/34
M 6-0 160 Weston, Fla. Nantes (France) 45/2
D 6-0 170 Alta Loma, Calif. Chivas USA
D 5-9 145 Los Alamitos, Calif. UANL Tigres (La Primera Division de Mexico)
M 6-2 185 Princeton, N.J. Toronto FC 113/15
D 5-6 145 San Diego, Calif. Hannover 96 (Germany)
F 6-1 170 Nacogdoches, Texas Seattle Sounders FC 122/49
M 6-0 170 Fontana, Calif. Philadelphia Union
D 6-4 180 Alexandria, Va. San Jose Earthquakes
GK 6-3 220 Seattle, Wash. Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (England)
GK 6-3 210 North Brunswick, N.J. Everton (England) 107/0
M 6-0 170 Chicago, Ill. Unattached 58/3
M 6-1 170 Huntington Beach, Calif. Anderlecht (Belgium)
D 5-11 175 Downers Grove, Ill. Nottingham Forest (England)
D 6-4 210 Olney, Md. Sheffield Wednesday (England)
D 6-1 165 St. Louis, Mo. Fulham (England) 20/0
GK 5-11 180 Montclair, Calif. Real Salt Lake 21/0
M 5-10 165 Huntington Beach, Calif. Columbus Crew
D 6-0 180 Arlington Heights, Ill. Birmingham City (England) 34/0
F 6-0 165 Danville, Calif. San Jose Earthquakes 31/10

Freddy Adu

Position:
Forward

Height:
5-8

Weight:
140

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Potomac, Md.

Juan Agudelo

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-3

Weight:
183

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Barnegat, N.J.

Club:
New England Revolution

Jozy Altidore

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Boca Raton, Fla.

Club:
Toronto FC

Alejandro Bedoya

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
160

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Weston, Fla.

Club:
Nantes (France)

Carlos Bocanegra

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Alta Loma, Calif.

Club:
Chivas USA

Jonathan Bornstein

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-9

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Los Alamitos, Calif.

Club:
UANL Tigres (La Primera Division de Mexico)

Michael Bradley

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-2

Weight:
185

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Princeton, N.J.

Club:
Toronto FC

Steve Cherundolo

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-6

Weight:
145

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
San Diego, Calif.

Club:
Hannover 96 (Germany)

Clint Dempsey

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-1

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Nacogdoches, Texas

Club:
Seattle Sounders FC

Maurice Edu

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Fontana, Calif.

Club:
Philadelphia Union

Clarence Goodson

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Alexandria, Va.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Marcus Hahnemann

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
220

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Seattle, Wash.

Club:
Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (England)

Tim Howard

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
6-3

Weight:
210

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
North Brunswick, N.J.

Club:
Everton (England)

Jermaine Jones

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-0

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Chicago, Ill.

Club:
Unattached

Sacha Kljestan

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
6-1

Weight:
170

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

Club:
Anderlecht (Belgium)

Eric Lichaj

Position:
Defender

Height:
5-11

Weight:
175

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Downers Grove, Ill.

Club:
Nottingham Forest (England)

Oguchi Onyewu

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-4

Weight:
210

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Olney, Md.

Club:
Sheffield Wednesday (England)

Tim Ream

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-1

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Club:
Fulham (England)

Nick Rimando

Position:
Goalkeeper

Height:
5-11

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Goalkeeper

Hometown:
Montclair, Calif.

Club:
Real Salt Lake

Robbie Rogers

Position:
Midfielder

Height:
5-10

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Midfielder

Hometown:
Huntington Beach, Calif.

Club:
Columbus Crew

Jonathan Spector

Position:
Defender

Height:
6-0

Weight:
180

Birthdate:

Position:
Defender

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

Club:
Birmingham City (England)

Chris Wondolowski

Position:
Forward

Height:
6-0

Weight:
165

Birthdate:

Position:
Forward

Hometown:
Danville, Calif.

Club:
San Jose Earthquakes

Group A

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
MEX 3 3 0 0 14 1 +13 9
CRC 3 1 1 1 7 5 +2 4
SLV 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
CUB 3 0 3 0 1 16 -15 0

Group B

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
JAM 3 3 0 0 7 0 +7 9
HON 3 1 1 1 7 2 +5 4
GUA 3 1 1 1 4 2 +2 4
GRE 3 0 3 0 1 11 -10 0

Group C

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
PAN 3 2 0 1 6 4 +2 7
USA 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 6
CAN 3 1 1 1 2 3 -1 4
GPE 3 0 2 0 2 5 -3 0

Group A

Date Match Kickoff (ET)/Result Venue
June 5 Costa Rica vs. Cuba 5-0 Cowboys Stadium;
Arlington, Texas
June 5 Mexico vs. El Salvador 5-0 Cowboys Stadium;
Arlington, Texas
June 9 Costa Rica vs. El Salvador 1-1 Bank of America Stadium;
Charlotte, N.C.
June 9 Cuba vs. Mexico 0-5 Bank of America Stadium;
Charlotte, N.C.
June 12 El Salvador vs. Cuba 6-1 Soldier Field;
Chicago, Ill.
June 12 Mexico vs. Costa Rica 4-1 Soldier Field;
Chicago, Ill.

Group B

Date Match Kickoff (ET)/Result Venue
June 6 Jamaica vs. Grenada 4-0 The Home Depot Center;
Carson Calif.
June 6 Honduras vs. Guatemala 0-0 The Home Depot Center;
Carson Calif.
June 10 Jamaica vs. Guatemala 2-0 FIU Stadium;
Miami, Fla.
June 10 Grenada vs. Honduras 1-7 FIU Stadium;
Miami, Fla.
June 13 Guatemala vs. Grenada 4-0 Red Bull Arena;
Harrison, N.J.
June 13 Honduras vs. Jamaica 0-1 Red Bull Arena;
Harrison, N.J.

Group C

Date Match Kickoff (ET) / Result Venue
June 7 Panama vs. Guadeloupe 3-2 Ford Field;
Detroit, Mich.
June 7 USA vs. Canada 2-0 W Ford Field;
Detroit, Mich.
June 11 Canada vs. Guadeloupe 1-0 Raymond James Stadium;
Tampa, Fla.
June 11 USA vs. Panama 1-2 L Raymond James Stadium;
Tampa, Fla.
June 14 Canada vs. Panama 1-1 LIVESTRONG Sporting Park;
Kansas City, Kan.
June 14 Guadeloupe vs. USA 1-0 W LIVESTRONG Sporting Park;
Kansas City, Kan.

Quarterfinals

Date Match Result Venue
June 18 Costa Rica vs. Honduras 1-1 (2-4 pen.) New Meadowlands Stadium;
East Rutherford, N.J.
June 18 Mexico vs. Guatemala 2-1 New Meadowlands Stadium;
East Rutherford, N.J.
June 19 Jamaica vs. USA 2-0 W RFK Stadium;
Washington, D.C.
June 19 Panama vs. El Salvador 1-1 (5-3 pen.) RFK Stadium;
Washington, D.C.

Semifinals

Date Match Kickoff (ET) / Result Venue
June 22 USA vs. Panama 1-0 W Reliant Stadium;
Houston, Texas
June 22 Honduras vs. Mexico 0-2 Reliant Stadium;
Houston, Texas

Final

Date Match Kickoff (ET) / Result Venue
June 25 USA vs. Mexico
2-4 L Rose Bowl;
Pasadena, Calif.

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