In the space of a day and a half, both of my teams won impressive games. Each were due a letdown, but both pulled out wins. The Crew and the U.S. National Team played two of the grittiest games that I have seen.
The Crew pull out an away win versus the LA Galaxy despite playing their 3rd game in 8 days and reduced to 10 men for the last 60 minutes of the game late Saturday night. The Crew seem to be turning the corner. They have picked up 7 points in the last 3 games. I am excited to be a Crew fan. One can even hope of playoffs.
The fatigue set in on Sunday after staying up late to watch the Crew. I was not confident that the US would be able to maintain it’s amazing winning streak against Mexico in the Gold Cup final. They squeaked through against Canada and did not look convincing throughout the tournament. I watched the first half in a haze as Mexico had the better run of play and a 1-0 lead. The US played better in the second half, but I still felt the breakthrough goal was not going to come this time.
Then Brian Ching caught Mexico off guard, took a turn and was fouled in the box. Landon buried the PK and the game was tied. The US had not quit and struggled back against a sharp Mexico team. I was starting to think overtime was a possibility but Benny Feilhaber squelched that thought with a brilliant volley goal of a corner kick rebound. I have never been so stunned to see a goal. It was a shot out of nowhere. Erica and I shared stunned silence what seemed an eternity. The U.S. sealed up the 2-1 victory and the Gold Cup championship, but I am still stunned seeing the replay on TV.
Two games over the weekened highlighted the never give up attitude of both the Columbus Crew and the U.S. National Team. I am enjoying the play of two resurgent teams.