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U.S. and Mexico Clash in 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final

U.S. Men's National Team Game Notes
USA vs. Mexico
2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup

PLACE ON THE PODIUM BECKONS: The U.S. Men's National Team is set to face Mexico in the final of the 2009 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Giants Stadium on Sunday, July 26. The game will be broadcast live from 3 p.m. ET on Fox Soccer Channel, Univision and the Futbol de Primera Radio Networks. The mouthwatering final is a showdown between two regional rivals, the two most successful Gold Cup sides of all time (both with four championships), and a rematch of the memorable championship clash from two years ago. The U.S. beat Honduras 2-0 at Soldier Field to book a spot in the final, while Mexico needed a penalty shootout to get by Costa Rica in the same venue. The meeting is the second of the year between the two rivals as the USA opened the final round of World Cup qualifying with a 2-0 win against Mexico on Feb. 11, 2009, in Columbus, Ohio. The teams on the field Sunday will be of a much different makeup, but the passion and energy will both be there as each side tries to lift the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a record fifth time.
U.S ROSTER AGAINST MEXICO: U.S. head coach Bob Bradley will have 19 players available for selection against Mexico on Sunday afternoon. For the first time this tournament, there will be no departures or arrivals ahead of the final, and Bradley's team is the exact same one he had at his disposal during the semifinal victory against Honduras. Eighteen of the 19 players have featured in the Gold Cup thus far, with Busch the only player yet to make an appearance.

U.S. Men’s National Team Roster – Gold Cup Final
GOALKEEPERS (2): Jon Busch (Chicago Fire), Troy Perkins (Valerenga IF),
DEFENDERS (6): Jimmy Conrad (Kansas City Wizards), Clarence Goodson (IK Start), Jay Heaps (New England Revolution), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Michael Parkhurst (FC Nordsjaelland), Heath Pearce (Out of Contract)
MIDFIELDERS (8): Davy Arnaud (Kansas City Wizards), Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Colin Clark (Colorado Rapids), Sam Cronin (Toronto FC), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC), Stuart Holden (Houston Dynamo), Logan Pause (Chicago Fire), Robbie Rogers (Columbus Crew)
FORWARDS (3): Brian Ching (Houston Dynamo), Kenny Cooper (FC Dallas), Santino Quaranta (D.C. United)

CONCACAF Gold Cup Schedule and Results

PERFECT 10 SETS A RECORD: Ten different players have scored 12 U.S. goals through five games at the Gold Cup. The feat sets a U.S. record for a Gold Cup competition, beating out 2007 when nine players found the net en route to the tournament title. Until Stuart Holden became the first repeat scorer, the first seven marked the first time that seven straight goals in a Gold Cup have come from seven different players. Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers, Charlie Davies, Santino Quaranta, Brian Ching and Davy Arnaud set the U.S. record for most different players to score in the group matches. Kyle Beckerman and Kenny Cooper added to the total during the quarterfinal against Panama, while Clarence Goodson became the tenth scorer during the win against Honduras.

  • Defender Clarence Goodson became the tenth U.S. player to score a goal during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the sixth U.S. player to get his first national team goal during the tournament.
  • Brian Ching and Heath Pearce are the only members of the Gold Cup squad available to Bob Bradley who faced Mexico in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying earlier this year. Robbie Rogers was called into Columbus but did not feature in the 18-man squad on game day. 
  • Stuart Holden and Kenny Cooper are tied for the lead in scoring for the U.S. with two goals after five games. Miguel Sabah of Mexico leads all players with four goals.
  • The U.S. has advanced to the finals in the last three editions of the tournament. The last time the U.S. missed out on a Gold Cup final was in 2003 when Bruce Arena's team fell to Brazil in the semifinals.
  • The win against Honduras stretches the USA's unbeaten streak at home against CONCACAF opponents to 58 games. The impressive run dates back to Sept. 1, 2001, when Honduras defeated the U.S. 3-2 in Washington, D.C.
  • The match on July 26 will mark the 56th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-29-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-6-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 28 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-7-8 advantage.
  • The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting a 9-0-2 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the U.S. has netted 19 goals, while the Mexicans have countered with three goals on American soil in this decade.
  • The U.S. has a 3-0-2 lifetime record at Giants Stadium, with 10 goals scored and only one surrendered.
  • The last meeting against Mexico at Giants Stadium came June 11, 2000, when goals from Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Ante Razov helped the USA to a 3-0 victory.
  • The U.S. is 2-2-0 against Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including 1-2-0 in championship games.
  • In six CONCACAF Gold Cup final appearances, the United States is 2-2-2. The two draws, in 1997 and 2005, both resulted in a USA victory in a penalty shootout.
  • The Men's National Team has contested a Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium once before, beating Panama in a penalty shootout on July 24, 2005, to lift the Gold Cup trophy.
  • Jimmy Conrad and Santino Quaranta both appeared in that match, with Quaranta netting one of the penalties to secure the U.S. win.
  • The USA's last appearance at Giants Stadium came June 8, 2008, when Bob Bradley's team played then No.1-ranked Argentina to a 0-0 draw in front of more than 78,000 supporters.  Landon Donovan, the USA’s all-time leading scorer, earned his 100th cap that day to become the fourth youngest male player of all-time to reach that milestone.
  • The U.S. holds a 38-4-6 all-time record in the regional event and has outscored opponents 93-29.
  • With Luis Robles, Jay Heaps, Sam Cronin and Colin Clark earning their first cap against Haiti, 85 players have now earned at least one cap under Bob Bradley.
  • Clarence Goodson's first goal for the United States in the team's last outing against Honduras means 29 different players have scored a goal during Bradley’s tenure.
  • Brian Ching is the leading cap winner and the top scorer on the U.S. roster with 39 caps and 10 goals, including one goal in this year’s Gold Cup. Ching wore the captain’s armband for the first time when he led the team out of the tunnel against Honduras in the semifinal.
  • The U.S. is the two-time defending champion of the tournament, hoisting the trophy in 2005 and 2007. The U.S. also won the 1991 and 2002 editions.
  • Ching is the only player on the current roster that was part of the team that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • Five of 21 players have appeared in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while one player, Conrad, has appeared in a FIFA World Cup match.

BUILDING MOMENTUM IN THE SEMIS: The United States faced familiar opposition in a familiar setting in the semifinals of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Bob Bradley's team had already met Honduras once in the Gold Cup, during Group B play earlier in the tournament, and the venue of Soldier Field had already played host to one U.S. game against Honduras, the 2-1 qualifying victory before the FIFA Confederations Cup, during this busy summer. Despite a tentative start, the U.S. grew in strength during the game and eventually took the lead before halftime. Clarence Goodson headed home a Stuart Holden corner to get his first national team goal and, more importantly, give a vital lead to the U.S. In the second half the USA held firm, led by excellent goalkeeping from Troy Perkins, and a late Kenny Cooper tap-in put the result out of reach for Honduras. Holden worked with Ching before whipping in a low cross to the substitute Cooper, who poked the ball home from close range and sealed the USA's place in the final.

ROAD TO THE SEMIFINALS: The U.S. won their 10th CONCACAF Gold Cup opening match in 10 tries with the 4-0 win against Grenada at Seattle’s Qwest Field on July 4. Freddy Adu, Stuart Holden, Robbie Rogers and Charlie Davies all scored for the U.S. In the second game, the U.S. was deadlocked with Honduras at RFK Stadium for 74 minutes, but a Santino Quaranta strike, followed by a Brian Ching goal five minutes later, gave the U.S. control of the game and the group with a 2-0 win. Against Haiti, an early Davy Arnaud goal gave the U.S. a lead into halftime but two quick-fire Haiti strikes put the inexperienced American team in a hole going into the later stages of the match. The U.S. erased a deficit in group play when the team used a late Stuart Holden goal to draw 2-2 with Haiti and finish atop Group B with seven points. Against Panama in the quarterfinals, however, Bob Bradley's team did one better and came from behind to eliminate a feisty Panama side for the third consecutive Gold Cup. Panama took the lead just before halftime but U.S. answered back in the early stages of the second period when midfielder Kyle Beckerman laced a shot into the upper corner from the edge of the area. Ninety minutes was not enough time to separate the two teams, however the U.S. gained the upper hand near the end of the first period of extra time. Kenny Cooper converted a penalty kick and the team recorded a 2-1 victory.

1 – Number of players on the current squad who faced Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final - Brian Ching
3 – Clean sheets kept by Troy Perkins in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup. The record is four, set by Kasey Keller in the 2002 Gold Cup.
4 – Gold Cup titles for both Mexico and the USA, tied for a CONCACAF record
9 – Positive goal difference for the U.S. in the 2009 Gold Cup
10 – Different U.S. scorers in the 2009 Gold Cup, a team record
18 – Games without a loss in the Gold Cup, dating back to July 23, 2003 against Brazil

July 4, 2009 – Seattle, Wash. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
USA              4      Adu 7, Holden 31, Rogers 60, Davies 68
Grenada        0

1-Troy Perkins; 6-Steve Cherundolo (capt.) (21-Brad Evans, 63), 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson (14-Michael Parkhurst, 71), 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers; 9-Charlie Davies (22-Davy Arnaud, 70), 19-Freddy Adu
Subs not used: 16-Jay Heaps, 17-Kenny Cooper, 18-Luis Robles, 20-Santino Quaranta

July 8, 2009 – Washington, D.C. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
USA             2     Quaranta 75, Ching 79
Honduras     0

1-Troy Perkins; 6-Steve Cherundolo (capt.), 4-Chad Marshall, 14-Michael Parkhurst, 2-Heath Pearce; 20-Santino Quaranta, 8-Logan Pause (25-Benny Feilhaber, 64), 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers; 11-Brian Ching (17-Kenny Cooper, 82), 19-Freddy Adu (9-Charlie Davies, 64)
Subs not used: 10-Stuart Holden, 16-Jay Heaps, 18-Luis Robles, 21-Brad Evans

July 11, 2009 – Gillette Stadium; Foxborough, Mass. – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group B
USA     2      Arnaud 6, Holden 90
Haiti     2     Sirin 46, Chery 48

18-Luis Robles; 21-Brad Evans, 12-Jimmy Conrad (capt.), 14-Michael Parkhurst, 6-Jay Heaps; 20-Santino Quaranta (5-Kyle Beckerman, 63), 10-Stuart Holden, 15-Sam Cronin, 13-Colin Clark (11-Brian Ching, 76); 17-Kenny Cooper (9-Charlie Davies, 63), 22-Davy Arnaud
Subs not used: 1-Troy Perkins, 2-Heath Pearce, 3-Clarence Goodson, 7-Robbie Rogers

July 18, 2009 – Lincoln Financial Field; Philadelphia – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal
USA           2      Beckerman 49, Kenny Cooper 105
Panama     1      Perez 46+

1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 12-Jimmy Conrad (capt.) (3-Clarence Goodson, 46+), 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers (21-Brad Evans, 110); 11-Brian Ching, 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 77)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 15-Sam Cronin, 18-Luis Robles, 20-Santino Quaranta

July 23, 2009 – Soldier Field; Chicago – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
USA    2    Goodson 45+, Cooper 90
Honduras    0   

USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson, 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers (20-Santino Quaranta, 75); 11-Brian Ching (capt.), 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 86)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 14-Michael Parkhurst,15-Sam Cronin, 18-Luis Robles, 21-Brad Evans
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

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Federación Mexicana de Fútbol Asociación
Founded: 1927 (Joined FIFA in 1929)
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre
Best World Cup Finish: Quarterfinals - 1970, 1986
Best CONCACAF Gold Cup Finish: Winners, 1993, 1996, 1998, 2003
Caps Leader: Claudio Suárez (178)
Top Scorer: Jared Borgetti (46)
Key Players: Gerardo Torrado, Omar Bravo, Giovani Dos Santos

LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Mexico has endured a challenging year, and the CONCACAF Gold Cup has presented El Tri with a chance to get back on track before the business of World Cup qualifying continues. Recent appointee Javier Aguirre named a mixed squad for the Gold Cup, with some established first-teamers mixing it up with players who hope that a good showing will keep them in the mix for the rest of 2009. Familiar names include goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, acting captain Gerardo Torrado, and winger Giovani Dos Santos, who played against the United States in the opening game of the Hexagonal earlier this year. Mexico's decade of futility against the MNT in the United States is well documented, and the victory earlier this year stretched the U.S. streak at home against Mexico to 9-0-2 since 1999. Aguirre's men will be motivated to break that streak and, after a grueling 120 minutes against Costa Rica in the semifinal, El Tri will be boosted with confidence heading into the final.

TWICE REMOVED: Mexico enters the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final with a vastly different setup than the one which sought victory at Soldier Field nearly two years ago. Hugo Sanchez took charge of Mexico on that day and could not steer Mexico to its first win on U.S. soil this decade. Sanchez, it turned out, could never replicate the success of his playing career with El Tri and was fired in early 2008 following the disappointment of Mexico's failure to qualify for the Olympics. Sven-Goran Eriksson was the high-profile replacement but the former England manager could not get Mexico back on track. Charged with guiding Mexico the World Cup, Eriksson’s team stumbled in qualifying and the scholarly Swede was dismissed earlier this year. Javier Aguirre was next on the hot seat, getting his second stint managing the Mexico national team, and he'll face the United States for the first time since taking the reigns again in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.

TO THIS POINT: Javier Aguirre's team has yet to taste defeat in the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but they have stumbled to two draws during their progression to the final. After opening with a 2-0 win against Nicaragua, El Tri drew 1-1 with Panama in a game that featured ejections, removals and ultimately a suspension for Aguirre. Mexico rebounded with a well-earned victory against Guadeloupe before going on to thrash Haiti in the quarterfinal. Mexico fought out a tense semifinal game with Costa Rica, taking the lead late only to give up an injury time goal to send the game into an extra period. The teams couldn't be separated after 30 more minutes, and Mexico needed a penalty shootout to secure a place in its sixth Gold Cup Final. Guillermo Ochoa was the hero for Mexico, stopping Froylan Ledezma's penalty to provide the crucial breakthrough in the shootout.

IN THE GOLD CUP: The teams have met four times in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, and are deadlocked with a 2-2-0 record. Three of those meeting have come in the final of the tournament, with Mexico winning in 1993 and 1998. The USA erased part of the deficit in the 2007 Gold Cup Final with a memorable come-from-behind victory against El Tri at Soldier Field. The U.S. also won the first ever Gold Cup meeting between the two sides, a 1991 semifinal clash at the Coliseum in Los Angeles.

Mexico Roster by Position
GOALKEEPERS (3): 1-Guillermo Ochoa (América), 12-José de Jesús Corona (Tecos), 23-Óscar Pérez (UANL)
DEFENDERS (7): 2-Jonny Magallón (Guadalajara), 3-Ismael Rodríguez (América), 4-Edgar Dueñas (Toluca), 5-Fausto Pinto (Cruz Azul), 15-José Antonio Castro (UANL), 21-Juan Carlos Valenzuela (América), 22-Efraín Juárez (UNAM)
MIDFIELDERS (7): 6-Gerardo Torrado (Cruz Azul), 7-Alberto Medina (Guadalajara), 8-Israel Castro (UNAM), 13-Pablo Barrera (UNAM), 17-Giovani Dos Santos (Tottenham), 19-Luis Miguel Noriega (Puebla), 20-Israel Martínez (San Luis)
FORWARDS (6): 9-Omar Bravo (Deportivo la Coruña), 10-Guillermo Franco (out of contract), 11-Carlos Vela (Arsenal), 14-Miguel Sabah (Morelia), 16-Carlos Esquivel (Toluca), 18-José María Cárdenas (Pachuca)

LOOKING BACK AT THE ’07 RUN: In the 2007 Gold Cup final, the U.S. continued their domination of Mexico with a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half behind a Landon Donovan penalty kick and the 2007 Best of U.S. Soccer Awards’ Best Goal from Benny Feilhaber. Feilhaber’s one-time, full-volley blast sailed into the upper left corner past a helpless Oswaldo Sanchez and, after some heroic late goalkeeping from Tim Howard, held up as the game winner. That win earned the U.S. a place in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup as regional champions. The U.S. advanced to the final after a narrow 2-1 win against a tough Canadian side in the semifinal and a 2-1 win against a determined Panama in the quarterfinals. In the group phase, the U.S. was backed by three-consecutive shutouts in wins against El Salvador (4-0), Trinidad & Tobago (2-0) and Guatemala (1-0).

HOPING FOR ANOTHER TRIP TO SOUTH AFRICA: After five of 10 games, the U.S. sits in second place in the CONCACAF region’s FIFA World Cup qualifying, two points behind Costa Rica. The difference between the top two teams in the standings is the result of a 3-1 defeat to Costa Rica suffered by the U.S. on June 3 on the artificial surface of San Jose’s Saprissa Stadium. Following the loss in Costa Rica, the U.S. defeated Honduras on June 6, in Chicago to continue an undefeated run in home qualifiers that dates to 2001. The road to South Africa started for the U.S. with a 9-0 aggregate win in a two-game series against Barbados, and continued in the fall as the U.S. posted a 5-1-0 record in the CONCACAF semifinal round in a group with Trinidad & Tobago, Guatemala and Cuba.

CONCACAF FINAL ROUND QUALIFYING TABLE: The top three teams in the hexagonal table automatically earn berths to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, while the fourth-place team will face a two-leg playoff against the fifth-place finisher in South America. The next set of games is slated for Aug. 12, when the U.S. travels in an attempt to earn their first victory against Mexico at the famed Estadio Azteca.

CONCACAF Final Round Standings

BOB ON THE JOB: Since January of 2007 it has been the charge of U.S. head coach Bob Bradley to achieve the most important goal of any soccer playing nation: qualification for the FIFA World Cup. With 48 games under his belt, seeing 85 different players at least once and the process of reaching South Africa in 2010 in full swing, a review of the body of work during the past two years points to the U.S. clearly heading in the right direction. Since the start of the four-year cycle, the U.S. has:
  • produced the best finish ever at a FIFA tournament, finishing second at the FIFA Confederations Cup
  • won six straight FIFA World Cup qualifiers in a row in 2008, a new team record (June 15-Oct. 15)
  • won the CONCACAF Gold Cup title in 2007 to qualify for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
  • won by the largest margin of victory in U.S. World Cup qualifying history (8-0 vs. Barbados on June 15, 2008)
  • won back-to-back games in Europe for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland and March 26, 2008 @ Poland)
  • won three straight matches on the road for the first time in team history (Oct. 17, 2007 @ Switzerland, Nov. 17, 2007 @ South Africa and March 26, 2008 @ Poland)
  • played seven matches against four teams ranked in the top five in the world at the time they stepped on the field against them (Argentina, Brazil-3, Italy, Spain-2)
  • played matches on four continents
  • posted 1-1-1 record against No. 1-ranked teams, including a semifinal upset of Spain at the FIFA Confederations Cup.
All-Time: 31-12-5
Qualifying: 10-2-1
Gold Cup: 10-0-1
Goals For: 94
Goals Against: 49
Shutouts: 21

Record vs. …
CONCACAF: 21-2-4, 56 GF, 18 GA
CONMEBOL: 1-6-1, 9 GF, 19 GA
UEFA: 6-4-0, 15 GF, 10 GA
AFC: 1-0-0, 4 GF, 1 GA
CAF: 2-0-0, 4 GF, 0 GA

Record when …
Leading at half: 20-2-2
Losing at half: 2-4-1
Tied at half: 9-6-2

On the field for the USA
July 23, 2009 – Soldier Field; Chicago – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
USA    2    Goodson 45+, Cooper 90
Honduras    0   

USA: 1-Troy Perkins; 16-Jay Heaps, 4-Chad Marshall, 3-Clarence Goodson, 2-Heath Pearce; 10-Stuart Holden, 8-Logan Pause, 5-Kyle Beckerman, 7-Robbie Rogers (20-Santino Quaranta, 75); 11-Brian Ching (capt.), 22-Davy Arnaud (17-Kenny Cooper, 86)
Subs not used: 13-Colin Clark, 14-Michael Parkhurst,15-Sam Cronin, 18-Luis Robles, 21-Brad Evans
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

HON: 22-Donis Escober; 5-Erick Norales, 11-Mariano Acevedo, 2-Osman Chavez (24-Georgie Welcome, 86), 16-Nery Medina; 14-Carlos Palacios, 15-Walter Martinez (23-Roger Espinoza, 80), 18-Melvin Valladares (8-Allan Lalin, 90), 10-Marvin Chavez; 13-Carlos Costly, 9-Carlos Will Mejia
Subs not used: 3-David Molina, 4-Johnny Palacios, 12-Ricardo Canales, 17-Miguel Castillo
Head Coach: Reinaldo Rueda

On the field for Mexico
July 23, 2009 – Soldier Field; Chicago – 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal
Mexico    1    Guillermo Franco 88   (Mexico wins 5-3 in a penalty shootout)
Costa Rica    1    Froylan Ledezma 92+

MEX: 1-Guillermo Ochoa; 22-Efrain Juarez, 2-Jonny Magallón, 21-Juan Valenzuela, 5-Fausto Pinto (11-Carlos Vela, 80); 13-Pablo Barrera (15-José Castro, 53), 8-Israel Castro, 6-Gerardo Torrado (capt.), 7-Alberto Medina; 14-Miguel Sabah (10-Guillermo Franco, 70), 17-Giovani Dos Santos
Head Coach: Javier Aguirre

CRC: 1-Keylor Navas; 15-Harold Wallace, 3-Freddy Fernandez, 20-Dennis Marshall, 2-Dario Delgado;  14-Armando Alonso (21-Froylan Ledezma, 67), 5-Celso Borges, 6-Cristian Oviedo, (19-Warren Granados, 90), 7-Pablo Brenes (17-Pablo Herrera Barrantes); 9-Álvaro Saborío, 11-Andy Herrón,
Head Coach: Rodrigo Kenton

Against Mexico
Feb. 11, 2009 – Columbus Crew Stadium; Columbus, Ohio  – FIFA World Cup Qualifying; Final Round
USA     2    Bradley 43, 92+
Mexico    0

USA: 1-Tim Howard; 2-Frankie Hejduk, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 5-Oguchi Onyewu, 15-Heath Pearce; 8-Clint Dempsey, 4-Michael Bradley, 16-Sacha Kljestan (13-Ricardo Clark, 86), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 10-Landon Donovan, 11-Brian Ching (9-Jozy Altidore, 83)
Subs not used: 18-Brad Guzan, 6-Jonathan Bornstein, 14-Danny Califf, 17-Jose Francisco Torres, 12-Marvell Wynne
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

MEX: 1-Oswaldo Sanchez; 2-Aaron Galindo, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio; 6-Leandro Augusto, 12-Alberto Medina (15-Antonio Naelson, 60), 8-Pavel Pardo; 11-Carlos Ochoa, 10-Nery Castillo (14-Israel Martinez, 34), 17-Giovani dos Santos (9-Omar Bravo, 72)
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa, 18-Leobardo Lopez, 7-Luis Perez, 16-Guillermo Franco
Head Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson

Against Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup
June 24, 2007 – Soldier Field; Chicago – CONCACAF Gold Cup Championship Game
USA     2    Donovan 62, Feilhaber 73
Mexico    0    Guardado 44

USA: 1-Tim Howard;16-Jonathan Spector (15-Frank Simek, 72’), 22-Oguchi Onyewu, 3-Carlos Bocanegra (capt.), 13-Jonathan Bornstein; 8-Clint Dempsey (20-Taylor Twellman, 69’), 5-Benny Feilhaber, 4-Pablo Mastroeni (19-Ricardo Clark, 46), 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 11-Brian Ching, 10-Landon Donovan
Subs not used: 9-Eddie Johnson, 12-Jay DeMerit, 14-Steve Ralston, 18-Kasey Keller
Head Coach: Bob Bradley

MEX: 1- Oswaldo Sanchez, 2- Jose Jonny Magallon, 3-Carlos Salcido, 4-Rafael Marquez (capt.), 5-Ricardo Osorio, 7- Alberto Medina (10-Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 78), 8- Pavel Pardo, 9-Jared Borgetti (19-Omar Bravo, 40’), 16-Jaime Lozano (23- Adolfo Bautista, 81), 18-Jose Andres Guardado, 21-Nery Castillo
Subs not used: 13-Guillermo Ochoa,14-Fausto Pinto, 20-Fernando Arce, 22-Francisco Rodriguez,
Head Coach: Hugo Sanchez