The United States might have taken an early lead against Mexico in the Gold Cup final, but they're still getting pretty thoroughly outplayed by their opponents in Pasadena, with El Tri threatening on every attack and the United States looking shoddy on defence. It is, of course, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez who looks more likely to put the ball in the back of Tim Howard's net, and the Manchester United striker came within inches of doing just that when he laid in a lovely click from a long ball following a Mexico throw on their right.
Howard was well beaten and the ball bounced agonisingly off the base of his post and bobbled away. Hernandez chased afterwards, hoping to generate another chance, but although he did manage to pick it up his enthusiasm was rather tempered by the offside flag being raise. A goal wouldn't have counted anyway. It's yet another dangerous attack from Mexico, though, who've already had several legitimate goalscoring chances spurned. Stil 1-0 USA Pasadena.
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