2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup final

Inexperienced U.S. suffers second-half meltdown

July 26, 2009
GalarcepBy Ives Galarcep, Special to ESPN Soccernet
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- For 56 minutes, the U.S. men's national team stood toe-to-toe with Mexico, creating chances, breaking up Mexican sequences and giving the heavily pro Mexican crowd few reasons to cheer. For 56 minutes it looked as though this match would be another closely contested battle in this fiercest of rivalries.

Then Mexico scored a goal, and the confident and steady U.S. team we saw all Gold Cup suddenly turned into a tired and overwhelmed mess. Gerardo Torrado converted ...

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