Is it time for Jurgen Klinsmann to go as boss of the USMNT? Read my take in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column.
When Bobby Wood snuck behind the Mexican defense and slotted the equalizing goal against Mexico into the back of the net in the 108th minute on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, the United States men’s national team was thinking penalty kicks to decide the winner of the CONCACAF Cup.
Paul Aguilar changed that.
The Mexican defender one-touched a volley home in the 118th minute against the United States to give Mexico a thrilling 3-2 win and the right to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russia.
Hit the jump for a transcript of what Michael Bradley said:
Hit the jump for a full transcript of Klinsmann’s press conference:
There’s a huge soccer game on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. You may have heard.
Saturday is the first time the two CONCACAF rivals will face off in the Rose Bowl since 2011, when Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup final in front a largely pro-Mexico crowd. But considering the Los Angeles area’s demographic makeup, it’s natural that the CONCACAF rivalry has a long history in the region.
Here’s a look at the L.A. sports venues that have hosted a game in the United States-Mexico rivalry.
Other CONCACAF Cup links:
Don’t look now, but if the U.S. doesn’t beat Mexico at home in Pasadena Saturday that should spell big trouble for a U.S. national team coach facing a big rebuilding job as an era comes to an end.
Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (link is fixed).