Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez celebrates wearing Nike Tiempo cleats.
words // Nick Engvall
For the United States it was Clint Dempsey and for Mexico it was Chicharito followed by Aldo De Negris, that bring the two teams into the final match of the 2011 Gold Cup. The meeting will be the third consecutive time that Mexico and the United States will meet to decide the winner. The United States has won 4 of the 10 Gold Cup titles, while Mexico has won 5, including a 5-0 embarrassment of the United States in 2009.
With tomorrow’s final in Pasadena, California, at the Rose Bowl, the United States will have a slight home team advantage, if they are lucky. Though their performance hasn’t been up to par with expectations, they have somehow found a way to make it to the final match. For Mexico, a slightly better team by most opinions and easily the better scoring of the two, getting into the heads of the US defense will be the challenge. The final match is set for Saturday at 6PM PST.
Clint Dempsey lifted the US to victory over Panama with a goal in his Nike Mercurial cleats.
Carlos Bocanegra celebrates in the Nike Total 90 Laser.
Armando Cooper of Panama has a visit with the wall in his adidas F50 adiZero.
Javier Portillo of Honduras wearing the adidas adiPower Predator.
Aldo De Negris in wearing the Nike Mercurial Vapor VII.
Red Bulls’ goalkeeper Greg Sutton gets some air in his Umbro cleats.
Kel Kamara of Sporting Kasas City in the adidas F50 adiZero.
Veljiko Paunovic in the adidas adiPower Predator fights off Birahim Diop in the F50 adiZero.
Diego Chaves of the Chicago Fire also wearing the adidas F50 adiZero.