July 20, 2009

Gold Cup: the final four

1. United States
Scraped and scrapped though with a 2-1 overtime win against Panama. Kyle Beckerman tied the game in the second half after a Panama goal just before the break. Kenny Cooper drew a foul -- absorbing a kung fu kick to the gut -- in the box and converted the spot kick for the win.

2. Honduras
Cheated their way into the semis with a phantom penalty kick decision to win 1-0 against Canada. That's two straight Gold Cups our neighbors to the north have been cheated out of -- though in 2007 the decision benefited the U.S.

3. Costa Rica
Beat the living hell out of Guadeloupe 5-1 to advance easily. Not so sure what else to add here. At times the Guadeloupe 'keeper looked disinterested and the Cinderella story for the French territory ends a little earlier than last time.

4. Mexico
Another beatdown on Sunday saw El Tri put a 4-0 whooping on Haiti -- the same team that nearly beat the USMNT in the group stage. Giovanni Dos Santos looked brilliant with a goal and couple helpers on set pieces.

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