Mexico will romp
Grahame L. Jones
Mexico has Javier Hernandez and 10 other quality players. The U.S. has Tim Howard, Steve Cherundolo and Clint Dempsey. Mexico has players who know what they're doing on the field. The U.S. has players who do what they're told to do on the field.
Mexico has a coach, Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre, who played professionally and on the international level. The U.S. has a coach, Bob Bradley, who played on the collegiate level.
Mexico will have the overwhelming support of the sellout Rose Bowl crowd. The U.S. will have a smaller core of support. Mexico scores when it needs to. The U.S. struggles to score even when it has to. Mexico will score the first goal, the second and the third. Adios, U.S.
U.S. will put up a fight
A week ago it looked as if this match would be a reprise of the final of two years ago, when Mexico thrashed a U.S. B-team 5-0.
But after a lackluster spell in group play, Bob Bradley's side has turned in solid, professional results in the knockout phase, while Mexico has slowed a bit. Bradley seemed to find something with his five-man midfield, one-striker formation and bringing Landon Donovan off the bench.
Still, the U.S. has had a dreadful time finishing its chances, and the difference could be the player who seems destined to torment the U.S. in years to come — Manchester United's Javier Hernandez. Mexico 2-0.
'El Tri' just too much
Gary R. Blockus
The Morning Call
That the U.S. gets to host Mexico is a big relief, but not a convincing factor for a national team that seems to get snakebitten on the biggest stages.
The Americans had been 9-0-2 against Mexico in the U.S. since 2000, but Mexico spanked its northern neighbor by an embarrassing 5-0 margin in the 2009 Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium. Mexico added a narrow 2-1 home win in a World Cup qualifier later that summer.
Mexico has a hex on the U.S., and it doesn't matter whether it's north or south of the border.