Gold Cup Final 2011, USA Vs. Mexico: Clint Dempsey Rattles Crossbar

Since scoring their third goal Mexico have continued to threaten, but it looks like the United States might be getting back into this game. They're not going down without a fight, and they're coming at Mexico with serious pace now. They could very easily be level if not for a pesky crossbar, which has denied Clint Dempsey a brilliant goal.

During a nice sustained attack, a cross from Jonathan Bornstein was knocked down to Michael Bradley, who was able to find Dempsey in traffic. The Fulham man didn't look like he had a whole lot of space, but he found a shooting lane and hit a great dipping shot that completely fooled Alfredo Talavera. Unfortunately for the USMNT, his shot didn't dip fast enough, and it rattled off the crossbar, denying Dempsey a potentially brilliant equalizer.

Bradley and Jermaine Jones have come more into the game in the last 10 minutes, which has been the biggest difference for the US. They were nowhere to be found between the 25th and 50th minutes, but are now asserting their athletic superiority over the Mexican central midfielders.

For more on how the two teams got to this point, check out our USA vs. Panama stream and our Mexico vs. Honduras stream. For more updates leading up to USA vs. Mexico, bookmark this StoryStream. For all of our previous Gold Cup coverage, check out the Gold Cup 2011 section. For more on Mexican football, including the Mexican national team, the Mexico vs. USA game, and the Mexican Primera, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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