It was a very entertaining but error prone match with great goalkeeping from Tim Howard and Oswaldo Sanchez who came up with some excellent reflex saves.
I don't think the result should fool anyone. Mexico was the better team. Nery Castillo and Andres Guardado are a couple of classy players and this match showed them to be a couple of leagues above Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan. These two made Gooch and Bocanegra look absolutely flatfooted, especially in the first half, when Castillo and Guardado combined for the first goal. USA won because they manufactured goals out of nowhere, especially the Benny Feilhaber cracker of a goal. On the other hand they could not put away goals with Dempsey and Beasley making a hash of the easiest of chances.
Calling Gooch a defender is high praise. His skills are very limited as Newcastle found out very quickly.As a thug he did quite a hatchet job on Borghetti. But when it came to the skill of Castillo and Guardado, he was pretty much left in the dust. In Spector and Simek, the US have decent talent at right back. Bocanegra is not the quickest of defenders but he reads plays well and puts his aerial presence to good use. In attack, the US is quite effective when they play facing the ball as Brian Ching demonstrated on a number of occasions but they still lack players who like to run at defenders like Castillo and Guardado. Some of Castillo's ball skills were breathtakingly sublime as he ran rings around the defense.
I think Bob Bradley has some good young talent to work with but Gooch is not one of them. This Gold Cup threw up Jonathan Bornstein and Benny Feilhaber as players to watch out for. They will be on display in the Copa America squad which Bradley named with an eye on the future US soccer team. Jimmy Conrad, Ben Olsen, and Kasey Keller are the veterans in this very youthful squad.
And Max Bretos is one of the worst commentators. Just inane hyperbole. Statements like "These two teams are the fittest in the world" and "Mexico can become a world power in soccer but their growth has been stunted by the red, white, and blue" and of coach Hugo Sanchez "he is still learning the ropes". I guess Bob Bradley has nothing left to learn after his 10-0-1 start. He has become Marcelo Lippi. It was left to Chris Sullivan to collectively pull up their socks.