June 27th, 2011
Weekend Results: Shout, Pout, Let It All Out
Sorry. We had to. Image: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Having realised the honour we would be bestowing on a team or individual by using their photo to lead our final Weekend Results post of the season, we spent much of our weekend considering possible candidates. Should it be Javier Hernandez lifting the CONCACAF Gold Cup in a slightly oversized tee? The baby Spaniards brandishing the Euro 2012 trophy in a manner that makes us fear for the prospects of any other footballing nation in the next twenty years? Or even go a bit left field with a pic of the German WNT winning their first match in the Women’s World Cup?
After much deliberation, bickering, shouting and something the arresting officer called ‘grievous bodily harm with intent’, we chose Cheech, figuring that whatever nation you support, as a human being you can’t fail to appreciate him, from his cute little face right down to his nummy little knees.
Word is, he’s not a bad player, either.
CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Mexico 4-2 USA
Sorry, but we feel that Tim Howard’s protests would have reached a much wider audience if he had just popped his top off. Exploitative, but true. Images: Getty Images/Daylife, Getty Images/Zimbio
For the USMNT, the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final was supposed to be a dream come true. There was the fact that the game was to be played in Pasedena’s Rose Bowl stadium, offering a vital home advantage. The knowledge that while opponents Mexico had performed well in the groups, they had been less convincing in the knock-out stages, due in no small part to a bunch of failed drug tests decimating their squad. And at 2-0 up after twenty-five minutes, they had no reason to suspect that fate was about to show them she can be as fickle as a caffeine abusing Kickette staffer.
Moments after Landon Donovan doubled Michael Bradley’s lead, Mexico and West Ham winger Pablo Barrera scored, followed seven minutes later by Andrés Guardado’s strike. Things did not improve in the second half for Bob Bradley’s side, who conceded to Barrera again after fifty minutes, with Spurs pup Giovani dos Santos scoring what proved to be the winning goal and picking up the man-of-the-match honour into the bargain.
If losing isn’t bad enough, USA goalkeeper (and owner of these abs) Tim Howard objected in the strongest possible manner when the post-match ceremony was conducted in Spanish. According to reports, the USMNT fans were a minority, the crowd largely being made up of Mexico supporters.
Unfortunately, Tim remained fully clothed for the duration of his tirade. A shocking error of judgement, we feel.
Euro U21 Final: Spain 2-0 Switzerland
We’re pretty sure that there would be no shortage of volunteers to wrestle that trophy from Javi Martinez’ clenched fists. Images: Getty Images/Daylife
Despite the best efforts of Switzerland, whose form in this U21 competition has been nothing short of brilliant, the juggernaut that is Spanish football picked up yet another trophy on Saturday night with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win. After absorbing some early Swiss pressure, Ander Herrera struck to put Spain in command just before the break. The second and decisive goal wasn’t as easy to come by, but Switzerland paid for failing to convert their chances after eighty-one minutes when Thiago Alcantara directed an outrageous free-kick into the back of the net from forty yards.
Ominously, the driving force behind Spain appeared to come from the midfield combination of Javi Martinez, Juan Mata (rumoured to be the subject of a transfer record breaking bid from Arsenal) and Thiago, which is a little too reminiscent of the unimpeachable midfield force in the senior Spanish side.
As we said, it doesn’t bode well for anyone who supports an NT outside of Spain, but we’re guessing you Spanish fans couldn’t give a damn. Congratulations! (We think).
Quick query, Kickettes. Are you sufficiently interested in the results at the Women’s World Cup for us to report on selected highlights? We’d actually quite like to, but we’re not planning on scheduling a slot in our fun-packed diaries for such coverage unless you actually express an interest in it.
Tell us now. Or forever hold your peace.