Mexico will romp

Grahame L. Jones

Los Angeles Times

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.

gjones@tribune.com

U.S. will put up a fight

Bob Foltman

Chicago Tribune

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.

rfoltman@tribune.com

'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.

The changing of the guard in U.S. soccer, with former star Landon Donovan coming off the bench the last two games, may be a sign of progress, but "El Tri" may be too formidable.

gblockus@tribune.com

Much Adu about U.S.

Paul Doyle

Hartford Courant

If nothing else, the U.S. team has stirred some excitement heading into the Gold Cup title game. And it was more than just the hard-fought, 1-0 victory over Panama in the semifinals that has fans intrigued.

Freddy Adu? Who saw that coming? The former prodigy, just 22, stepped on the field in the second half and helped set up Clint Dempsey's goal.

In an otherwise uneventful game, the sequence provided hope for U.S. fans and may spark some momentum for a team that has won three in a row.

Mexico is still the favorite Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, but I'm feeling the U.S. mojo. The Americans will need to be better, but I'm expecting an elevated performance and a U.S. win.

pdoyle@tribune.com