Team USA Makes the Gold Cup Final
Even though Bob Bradley has had to use about 500 different line ups and rotations for the Gold Cup, Team USA, thanks to timely goals from Clarence Goodson and Kenny Cooper, are going to finals, which take place this Sunday. Their opponent? Team Mexico, who beat Costa Rica on penalties in the nightcap game. While Goodson’s goal was equally impressive — it was his first for Team USA — Cooper’s finish was the highlight of the game, if, for nothing else, the nifty passing display used to get him the ball in a position to finish. A cheeky back-heel pass from Brian Ching led to a precise cross Stuart Holden — who looks like the best player on Bob Bradley’s “B-Team” — which Cooper had to simply tuck away.
And he did.
The neat thing about these goals is that Goodson’s goal came right before halftime and Cooper’s goal came right before injury time in the second half. Better late than never, right? Going in to Sunday’s game against Mexico, Team USA should have an advantage, even with their ever-alternating line ups. Costa Rica and Mexico needed penalties to decide their match, meaning their recovery time has been cut short.
And if Giants Stadium is hot on Sunday, this could have a drastic effect. Kick off for the Gold Cup finale is scheduled for 3:00.