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CONCACAF Gold Cup

  • July 11, 2013
  • • 23:00
  • • CenturyLink Field, Seattle, Washington
  • Referee: J. Aguilar
  • • Attendance: 28354
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Live Commentary

  • 90' + 2'
    That's the game. Mexico wins 2-0 over Canada here in Seattle.
  • 90'
    Now it's Mexico's chance to hit the bar. On a counterattack, Orozco pinged a header off the crossbeam.
  • 89'
    Well that was something. Off a free kick just a few feet outside the box, De Jong hammered a free kick off the upright. Orozco's goal frame was rattling something fierce.
  • 88'
    Yellow Card L. Montes
  • 88'
    Montes picked up a booking. The midfielder has done his duties this game, folding into the formation and creating when necessary in attack. Mexico's just riding out the final few minutes here.
  • 86'
    Canada's position is tenuous at best. Barring a blowout win against Panama (which has beaten Mexico and Martinique), the Canucks will bow out in the group stages.
  • 85'
    In all honesty, this game hasn't been very good. But looks like Mexico will drag three points out of it. A positive result against Martinique should put El Tri in the knockout rounds. In these tournaments, it's about surviving the group stages and going on a roll after that.
  • 83'
    Substitution Kyle Bekker Keven Aleman
  • 83'
    Keven Aleman replaces Bekker. He's now cap-tied to Canada.
  • 79'
    Announced attendance: 28,354. Not bad. Beats the Mariners game earlier in the day.
  • 78'
    Substitution M. Fabián J. Orozco
  • 78'
    The crowd cheered as Marco Fabian came off. Javier Orozco replaced him with a dozen minutes remaining.
  • 77'
    Mexico is pretty content to see this one out from here. Canada has struggled all game and likely won't break down a deep El Tri posture without Haber from free kicks.
  • 73'
    Substitution Rafael Márquez Lugo M. Ponce
  • 73'
    Miguel Ponce replaces Marquez Lugo. Fabian will go up top with Ponce adding a bit of safety to the formation on the left.
  • 70'
    Bekker skimmed a free kick over everyone in the box. He holds his bleach-blond head in frustration.
  • 69'
    The Mexico fans here, fittingly, doing the Mexican wave.
  • 67'
    Yellow Card David Edgar
  • 67'
    Edgar picked up a well-deserved yellow for kicking the torso of Jimenez. His foot was as high as Jimenez's chest, and the Club America player isn't short by any stretch.
  • 62'
    Substitution Issey Nakajima-Farran Kyle Porter
  • 62'
    Kyle Porter replaces Nakajima-Farran.
  • 57'
    Penalty Goal M. Fabián
  • 57'
    GOAL. Undeterred by the legitimacy of his claims, Fabian thumped a low penalty to Borjan's right and scored the game's second goal.
  • 56'
    PENALTY. Montes backheeled the ball to let it flow through to Marquez Lugo. The Guadalajara striker threaded a pass through the two Canada central defenders and Fabian went down. Replays showed no contact.
  • 54'
    Substitution Jorge Enríquez A. Castro
  • 54'
    Enriquez can't continue. He was probably Mexico's most dynamic player in the first half. Castro replaces him.
  • 52'
    Mexico has sat deeper to begin the second half. Perhaps frustrated, Fabian blasted a shot from nearly 40 yards that didn't much trouble Borjan.
  • 50'
    Nakajima-Farran did a few step-overs to shake Huiqui and crossed, but Valenzuela cleared. Now Enriquez is down injured.
  • 46'
    Substitution Marcus Haber Tosaint Ricketts
  • And we're off for the second half. El Tri kicks off.
  • Uh oh. Hber comes off for the second half. Ricketts replaces him.
  • The teams are slowly making their way back onto the field. Another 45 more minutes in this one, and it's difficult to imagine Canada breaking through on anything but a set piece.
  • Haber looked to be struggling when the half ended. Keep an eye on his fitness - Canada won't create much without him. The only striker on the bench is Tosaint Ricketts.
  • 45' + 1'
    That goal, by the way, was Jimenez's first with the full national team. And the ref whistles for half with Mexico 1-0 ahead.
  • 45'
    This half looked headed toward a goalless end until Mexico pulled off a set piece goal. El Tri isn't savoring the ball as much as past editions -- more direct and clumsy than usual versions. Goals all count the same though.
  • 43'
    GOAL! Mexico finally breaks through, and it's from a set piece. Enriquez flicked a low Montes corner into the air, and Jimenez dove forward to head home.
  • 42'
    Assist Jorge Enríquez
  • 42'
    Goal R. Jiménez
  • 42'
    That was the best chance of the game thus far. A deflected cross bounced to Fabian, who skipped inside the box and drilled a shot on frame. Borjan's boot kept it out.
  • 35'
    After the initial bout of pressure, Mexico's tempo has dropped and the team still doesn't seem to have ideas how to pry Canada open.
  • 34'
    There's that combo again: Bekker slingshots a free kick toward Haber, only this time a defensive deflection nullifies the danger. Those two have been the only threats for Canada in attack.
  • 31'
    Looks like Huiqui and Valenzuela have swapped spots briefly.
  • 29'
    Well that was a chance. Bekker pumped a free kick into the box. Haber nodded it down toward the corner, and Orozco had to scoot over quickly to touch it out for a corner.
  • 25'
    Mexico looks better than it did against Panama, but not by much. Marquez Lugo keeps dropping into midfield to get the ball. Still haven't snuck behind the Canuck defense.
  • 21'
    Running onto a Layun cross, Jimenez caught Borjan. The goalkeeper is down receiving treatment on his thigh.
  • 20'
    Mexico is taking shots frequently and pushing passes when perhaps holding onto possession and carving open Canada might prove more effective. Not hard to understand why El Tri would want a quick goal, though, to settle the nerves.
  • 12'
    With the fullbacks pushing very high once Mexico has possession, Enriquez is dropping near his central defenders to ward off counterattacks. Chaton looks energetic and influential thus far.
  • 10'
    Mexico has held possession and is testing the Canuck back line with quick passes. The last chance came from a ball over the top, though, with Marquez Lugo unable to meet it at the far post.
  • 7'
    Canada put its first shot on goal. Bekker rolled the ball forward to Haber from the flank. Despite a nearly impossible angle, Haber shot straight at Orozco.
  • 6'
    Thus far it looks like a 4-2-2-2 for Mexico. Montes is playing on the right with Fabian drifting left.
  • 5'
    From a free kick just outside the box, Fabian drilled a shot on target. Borjan punched it clear for a corner.
  • 4'
    Layun, by the way, is making his El Tri debut. He's a Spanish citizen who recently won the Liga MX with Club America.
  • 3'
    Layun dribbles down the right and wins a corner. It popped up in the Canada bux, but eventually De Guzman went down and the Canucks got a free kick out of it.
  • Kickoff! We're off. Canada in white, Mexico in black.
  • We just wrapped up the national anthems. Mostly silence for "Oh, Canada" but the crowd sung along to Mexico's quite loudly.
  • Canada is hurting on the injury front. Will Johnson returned to Portland and Russell Teibert was laid low by illness.
  • CenturyLink has a turf field, but they diligently water it before and between games. Play should be nice and slick.
  • Attendance was sparse for the opening match, in which Panama beat Martinique 2-0, but the lower bowl is starting to fill up. Stadium employees are expecting about 20,000 here tonight. Aside from a small triangle of Canuck fans, everyone is wearing green in support of Mexico.
  • Canada: Borjan; Ledgerwood, Edgar, Henry, De Jong; De Guzman, Piette; Bekker, Osorio, Nakajima-Farran; Haber.
  • Lineups are in. Mexico looks to have shifted to a 4-4-2 formation, with winger Luis Montes entering. Miguel Layun enters at right back. El Tri: Orozco; Layun, Valenzuela, Huiqui, Aldrete; Fabian, Velarde, Enriquez, Montes; Marquez Lugo, Raul Jimenez.
  • These teams lost their opening fixtures in the Rose Bowl. However, even a defeat here tonight won't eliminate either side. The top two third-placed teams from the group stages advance to the Gold Cup quarterfinals. It's possible to go through with only three points.
  • Hello there. This is Zac Lee Rigg, tucked away in the press box of CenturyLink Field in Seattle. I'll be chatting you through this showdown match between Mexico and Canda.