England downs Mexico

England 3 Mexico 1

i-9eaa2398257e5cadf52a0b12c03c1561-becksclaps.jpgThe Galaxy’s David Beckham liked what he saw today in London (AP Photo).

This was a game that went according to the script for the Americans’ first opponents in the World Cup – and their biggest rival – today at Wembley

As usual England didn’t play their best, but still won, while brittle Mexico started brightly, but faded when their first half efforts were not justly rewarded. In the end the scoreline could have been even greater, with England seeing a potential fourth goal cleared off the line.

U.S. Coach Bob Bradley will no doubt have nightmares about Wayne Rooney’s pace (if he hasn’t already), will wring his hands he doesn’t have an explosive midfielder to match Theo Walcott and wish the U.S. possessed a defender with the shooting prowess of Glen Johnson.

Check out the goals (until the YouTube copyright types take notice):

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  • Studs Up

    Why a picture of Beckham?

    Mexico lost the way they lose to US, on set pieces and being out muskelled. Second English goal was off side and handball- both. England doesn’t worry me, we can handle them. They’ll be out in the 1/4s.

    Bowen looks good but suffers the same woes as Buttle. He cannot play with his back to the goal. He couldn’t do a thing all night on the receiving end of Galaxy only offensive move – long punts and passes to him as the lone target man. But play him wide and facing the goal and he could do a lot of damage. See his pass in Dallas and his goal last night. Deserves more playing time.

    Player of the game was Josh Saunders. Amazing, amazing display of shot stopping ability. I think he had about 13 saves, at least 10 very difficult ones. Boca should pick him up for themselves but his distribution will not serve them well after years of watching the master Abondonzieri (spl) do his thing. Even their keeper last night was good in that department. You don’t see too many keepers drop kick their punts as effective and accurate as he did a number of times.