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Predictions, Anyone?

USA-Mexico
9 p.m. ET
ESPN2, Univision
About 70,000 at Reliant Stadium

Just a friendly, but.....

So what do you think will transpire?

I'm going with a 1-1 tie. Michael Bradley scores off a corner kick, Giovani Dos Santos equalizes.

By Steve Goff  |  February 6, 2008; 1:25 PM ET
Categories:  U.S. men's national team  
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My guess: 0-0 draw, ugly game to watch, occasional flare-ups after bad tackles and bad sportsmanship. Mexico restores some pride, at the continued expense of dignity and professionalism.

I hope I'm wrong...

Posted by: SSMD | February 6, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

2-1 USA.

Adu to Bradley
Bradley to Altidore

Dos Santos for Mexico

Newcomers shine

Posted by: strago | February 6, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing 2-2. Donovan and Altidore score.

Posted by: BigWave | February 6, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

So what do you think will transpire?

Fights, fights, and lots of fights.

Also, the US likely will win by a goal or two, as they recently have done when these teams meet in the States (or Korea).

Posted by: Ugliness | February 6, 2008 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Score: 0-0

Yellow Cards: USA 4 - Mex 7
Red Cards: USA 0 - Mex 1

Riot in the Stands

Posted by: Matt | February 6, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

My hope: 3-1 USA. Bradley scores a scramble goal at (45'+) * Mexico (Dos Santos?) equalizes (52') * Donovan scores on a breakaway (71') * Adu assists Altidore (84')

My fear: 2-0 Mexico. US loses defensive shape and gets punished (25') * Mexico puts it away (70')

Posted by: Jon E | February 6, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

2-0

The Mexecutioner AKA Landon Donovan and Michael Bradley

Posted by: USvsIreland | February 6, 2008 1:42 PM | Report abuse

Coverage starts at 9 pm but they will most likely hold the game start until 9:30 pm because of the live college basketball game starting at 7 pm. Most, if not all, nationally televised games on ESPN run over the allotted two hour window.

So don't despair, for once US Soccer is on the ball and has already bookmared a 2 and 1/2 hour window for the game from 9-11:30 pm.

I'm going with Goffer on this one. 1-1 with Adu scoring in the second half.

Posted by: A Rickey | February 6, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

"Riot in the Stands"

This is simply not a very daring prediction because everyone knows that all soccer fans are hooligans.

2-1 USA sounds about right to me.

I'm eager to see how the young players perform in the most intense friendly we play.

Posted by: Matt Mathai | February 6, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

1-0 loss, Boswell own goal.

Wait. What game are we talking about?

Posted by: James | February 6, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I like the usual 2-0, US win. I think we're too physical for Mexico these days. They don't want any part of our backline, especially in a friendly.

Posted by: JasonVA | February 6, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

US 2-1 Mexico

Only 3 yellow cards given out- all of them to Gooch... hahaha it could happen.

Crowd split: 60% Mexico, 20% US, 20% "i thought beckham was going to be here"

Post game events: US players gladly give their new jerseys away to whoever will take them. Hugo Sanchez tries to incite the crowd into a riot against the referee.

Posted by: mb | February 6, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

6-1 USA with the Mexican goal disputed because it never crossed the line AND there was a player in an offside position.

Posted by: Rocko | February 6, 2008 1:47 PM | Report abuse

i like where your head is at Rocko.

Posted by: mb | February 6, 2008 1:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go USA wins 20-1. Baby Bradley will be a big part of both of USA's goals.

Posted by: Stephen | February 6, 2008 1:50 PM | Report abuse

mmm how about a red card given to the Mexican goalkeeper for kicking Donovan in the head while Lannypants kisses himself before a PK attempt. Ya know the keeper wants to do it! :-)

I'll go 3-2 Yanks with Adu late game winner.

Posted by: Tweaked | February 6, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, 2-1 USA not 20-1

Posted by: Stephen | February 6, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

4-0 USA

Sanchez: "we were the better team...."

Mexican Media: "FIRE SANCHEZ"

Posted by: smokarz | February 6, 2008 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Michael Bradley scores off a corner kick, Giovani Dos Santos equalizes.
You're really trying to get some extra hits, aren't you?

Posted by: sitruc | February 6, 2008 1:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm going for an away win

Mexico nil - US 2 (as always)

Posted by: Kev | February 6, 2008 1:58 PM | Report abuse

I think Altidore and Dempsey each get 1. 2-0 US. I've watched Gio a lot for Barcelona. He might be the most selfish player I've ever seen. Wonder how he behaves for Mexico.

Posted by: Eric | February 6, 2008 2:04 PM | Report abuse

As much as I'd prefer a different result my gut tells me that tonight Mexico breaks the hex and wins 2-1. US will strike first but Mexico will nab 2 in the final 30 minutes. I really hope the youngsters (Adu / Altidore) get a chance to play. And I really hope my gut is wrong.

Posted by: quakes fan | February 6, 2008 2:08 PM | Report abuse

3-1 US, Donovan, Bradley from Dempsey, & Altidore in mop-up duty. Freddy hits the post then gets a yellow for diving.

Dos Santos comes on late, does everything but score.

Posted by: Matt | February 6, 2008 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Do we advance on away goals if we tie?

Posted by: UVA-United | February 6, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

2-0 U.S. (cos why the h#ll not)

also going to go out on a limb and predict that Freddy, Jozy, Oguchi, or Maurice Edu will be viciously fouled. (Seems like some of the Mexican players aren't big fans of african americans)

Posted by: d, dc | February 6, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

0-0.

Plenty of action up and down the pitch, but not a whole lot of chances on either end. The Mexicans come closest.

Posted by: Kyle | February 6, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

3-0, Noonan hat-trick.

Posted by: Mojo | February 6, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Wynalda is all the way gone from ESPN, reportedly

http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/soccer/20080206-9999-1s6socrail.html

Posted by: WNT fan | February 6, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I will go 2-2. Adu and Altidore/ Gio and someone

Posted by: td | February 6, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

6-5 Mexico.

Posted by: emilio11 | February 6, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

3-1

Altodore gets a brace (both off Donovan assists). Donovan clinches it with a penalty.

Mexico pulls one back off an own-goal (Bocanegra, sadly).

Posted by: Chris H | February 6, 2008 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Prediction: Bradley goes heavy with "vets" and brings Jozy and Adu on for the last 15-20 to get a taste, regardless of the score at the time.

What should happen: Give the young guns a taste of the action from the start. This will prepare us for WC qualifying with the big hostile crowd, even though we are home.

I want us to win, but in the end it doesn't really matter. See who can stand up to the pressure or who wilts on the big stage BEFORE we get to qualifying.

Posted by: GoldenChild | February 6, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Embarrassed by their new uni's the US gets shutout 1-0.

Posted by: HulkHogan | February 6, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

-P.K. awarded when Gooch fells Giovani ... Marquez converts

-Donovan cross dropped by normal shambolic Mexican goalkeeping ... finished by Altidore

final 1-1

Posted by: Lemoyne | February 6, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

2-1 USA. Landycakes nets a PK and Altidore score the other.

Posted by: moreno4prez | February 6, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

I think Mexico goes up 4-0 in the first half causing Bob to take out Tim Howard and put in Guzan. Then, Guzan takes the ball all the way down the field in the 46th and banks one in off the crossbar. This switch in momentum leads to Micheal Bradley beating Landon Donovan's US Scoring Record and the US wins 37-5. But Carlos Vela gets a hat trick for Mexico.

Posted by: Davey | February 6, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Embarrassed by their new uni's the US gets shutout 1-0.

Posted by: HulkHogan | February 6, 2008 02:29 PM

What the f*ck is a uni?

Posted by: Kit Manager | February 6, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

3-2 USA.

Fun little anecdote. At Chipotle today the cashier was wearing a Chipotle soccer shirt to conform with the dress code. However, when asked she admitted it was for the game tonight. I followed with, "Go USA, right?" She smiled and said "Go Chipotle." She knows what's up. So much so she wouldn't say Go Mexico while on the clock.

GO USA!!!

Posted by: Bonji | February 6, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Even though we are on a roll vs. Mexico, I think tonight the team from South of the Border gets inspired. Hopefully our youngsters do get some serious playing time against top competition. 1-0 Mexico.

Posted by: sbg | February 6, 2008 2:44 PM | Report abuse

A uni is short for uniform. When we all move to England we can wear boots, play on the pitch and don kits.

Posted by: HulkHogan | February 6, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

2-1 USA

Posted by: Paul | February 6, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Got it on good authroity that Jozy starts up top w/ Dempsey, Bradley in behind them, and Landon out on the right.

1-1, w/ a defender scoring for us off a set piece...

Posted by: Greg | February 6, 2008 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Dos a cero, US.

Posted by: Mike | February 6, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

3-3, with Mexico getting all the early goals and USA getting all the late ones.

No idea who scores the Mexican goals. Maybe a phantom new USMNT jersey hides under a Mexico jersey and forgets which way to go?

Dempsey 60', Altidore 80', Bradley 85', with Freddy having three assists.

Posted by: Juan-John | February 6, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Mexico has an impressive wave of young talent coming up, as do we. Is our talent strong enough to keep up with the Mexicans? In the US, most of the time. In Azteca, no. The more things change, the more things remain the same. Predictions: Who knows if this will be one of Mexico's occasional US-based results? They are due.

Posted by: Who knows? | February 6, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Certainties:
1) Mexican fans will outnumber US fans.

2) The Mexicans will refuse to shake hands with the US players after the game.

3) If the US is winning late, Freddy is going to get clocked by someone in a green jersey.

4) When Mexico loses, they'll change their national sport from soccer to Mexican hat dancing.

Posted by: delat | February 6, 2008 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Comment of the day: "Post game events: US players gladly give their new jerseys away to whoever will take them."

Posted by: Glaucon | February 6, 2008 3:15 PM | Report abuse

2-1 mexico... can't beat a great team every game.

Posted by: dan | February 6, 2008 3:19 PM | Report abuse

20 push-ups for calling Mexico "great" ;-)

Posted by: Kev | February 6, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

USA 3 mexican'ts 0

Posted by: koolcaio | February 6, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

2-1 Mexico

one pk apiece for El Tri and... whatever our nickname is.

Posted by: LSD | February 6, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

How about Poland 2-Czech Rep 0 at the half?

Posted by: CavFan | February 6, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

USA 3 Mexico 0

Hugo Sanchez gets fired tomorrow.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

2-0 USA

Hugo Sanchez spontaneously combusts on the sideline.

He just was like a flash of green light... And that was it. Nothing was left.

You know, several, you know, dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It's just not really widely reported.

Posted by: AM | February 6, 2008 3:45 PM | Report abuse

USA wins 2-0 on goals by Obama and Clinton. Edwards warms up but doesn't get to play. McCain, Romney and Huckabee check IDs at the gate in an effort to show they're serious about "securing our borders".

Posted by: Amanda | February 6, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

US 1 MEX 3 Landon gets Red card for performing voodoo ritual for PK

Posted by: oh oh | February 6, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Mexico Opens the scoring with a great goal from dosantos inthe 18th minute then Altidore ties it up in the 34' 1-1 st half.

USA comes out storming and Donovan scores the breakaway goal in the 49' then mexico get the tie in the 76' with a header from Marquez, and when everyone thinks the game is over Adu fires from outside the box to make the final 3-2 USA

Posted by: 135 | February 6, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

"3) If the US is winning late, Freddy is going to get clocked by someone in a green jersey."

I can only hope. Hey, maybe that'd make Sportscenter.

Posted by: noptov52 | February 6, 2008 3:56 PM | Report abuse

La Revancha!

Mexico 3 USA 0

Posted by: Huge Sanchez | February 6, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

1-0 to the US

A hard fought defensive game with Altidore scoring in stoppage time of the first half. The US has the defensive ability and depth to withstand the Mexican attack and wins.

Posted by: United Fury | February 6, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Hulk Hogan, the England comment was great!! We call them uniforms here people! But you better watch your back because after Kit Manager plays a bit of keep it up he might track you down to have a go!

Posted by: Piney O | February 6, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Mexican't ??? Wow that is good stuff. And this game is on BSPN2?? Funny stuff there too. Just amazing.

Prediction - 1-0 US but who knows and really does not matter at all.

Posted by: Hugo | February 6, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of the score Mexico whines after the game about how the offciating wasn't fair and they were the better team and if the refs made the right calls and the balls bounced differently they would have won 7-0. Grow up Mexico the USA is better than you at soccer but at least you still have Acupulco cliff diving to brag about.

Posted by: Patrick | February 6, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

USA wins 2-0 on goals by Obama and Clinton. Edwards warms up but doesn't get to play. McCain, Romney and Huckabee check IDs at the gate in an effort to show they're serious about "securing our borders".

Posted by: Amanda | February 6, 2008 03:48 PM

I'm not convinced, Amanda. Clinton and Obama would not want to lose the Mexican vote, so they would intentionally miss their wide open shots.

Posted by: Joe Doc | February 6, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

92-87 UNC.

Pyscho T with 30 and 14

Posted by: Brian | February 6, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Don't Tread on Me - 1
Montezuma's Revenge - 0

Adu (68') (Altidore, Bradley)

Posted by: AT | February 6, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Traditional score. I don't need to say it.

Posted by: B.A. | February 6, 2008 4:26 PM | Report abuse

United Fury, I second your comments. I agree with the defense and score line, but I see young master Fredua taking the goal.

Posted by: T. Henry | February 6, 2008 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Man, those kits plain suck. Unis. Whatever you want to call them. I can't imagine anybody taking themselves seriously stepping onto a pitch in those things. We're gonna get basted, and the new kits will get retired immediately. Fortunately, it is a friendly and not a WCQ in which we have to discover the black magic mojo of the pink kits.

Posted by: Matte | February 6, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Are all the people on here who are predicting Michael Bradley to score a goal the same people who were crucifying him during the Gold Cup? It's amazing how much a difference a couple of months will make. He's a good player, but I'll wait until after he's got more than one career senior national team goal before predicting him to do much.

I'll go with 1-1. US goal by Dempsey. Mexico goal is a result of a bad giveaway by Noooooooonan in the second half.

Posted by: DCUMD | February 6, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

92-87 UNC.

Pyscho T with 30 and 14

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Psycho T gets away with more fouls than Marquez and Good Ol' "Awww Shucks" Roy whines more than Hugo and Dos Santos combined.

Oh, and hopefully the well behaved Carolina fans don't tell anybody to "go back to the ghetto."

Posted by: d, dc | February 6, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

---------------------------------
From Davey:

"...This switch in momentum leads to Micheal Bradley beating Landon Donovan's US Scoring Record and the US wins 37-5."

And tomorrow, somebody will return to this blog and STILL gripe about the coach's nepotism....

Posted by: BaltoFan | February 6, 2008 4:38 PM | Report abuse

A little birdie told me to expect this starting lineup tonite........


-------- Howard ------------

Moor -- Gooch -- Boca -- Corrales

Donovan -- Bradley -- Clark -- Convey

------ Altidore -- Dempsey --------

Posted by: A Rickey | February 6, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Who will be in BSPN2's lineup? Will it be the projected Thursday night MLS crew, or someone else?

Posted by: 22201 | February 6, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

I predict Al Michaels will do the game, with John Madden and Mr. T doing the color...

Posted by: FF | February 6, 2008 5:01 PM | Report abuse

U.S. - 5
MEXICO - 2

U.S. GOALS -
LANDON DONOVAN
JOZY ALTIDORE
FREDDY ADU
CLINT DEMPSEY
BRAD DAVIS

MEXICO GOALS-
GIOVANI
RAFA MARQUEZ

THAT'S MY PREDICTION AND I'M STICKIN TO IT!

Posted by: person | February 6, 2008 5:07 PM | Report abuse

Convey? Are you kidding me, Convey?

Posted by: I Know one midfielder who isn't going to score | February 6, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

please sell giovani away from barcelona!

Posted by: down with gio | February 6, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

***Update***
Donovan has been dropped from the team after a training ground altercation with Bofo Bautista this morning.
That is all I have for now I will let you know when more is made public by the USSF.

Posted by: Goff | February 6, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Tony Siragusa will be giving the players view from the sideline.

I'm also sure that halftime guests for their thoughts will be Don Imus, Rush Limbaugh, and Ron Mexico (via phone from Kansas).

Toby Keith will do the halftime show.

Posted by: UVA-United | February 6, 2008 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Who are you and what have you done with Goff???

Posted by: JkR | February 6, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

hmmmmm....

Posted by: Goff? | February 6, 2008 5:26 PM | Report abuse

anybody can type in as Goff

I'm not really buying landycakes fighting with anybody just yet

Posted by: Goff | February 6, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I predict that Clark, Bradley, and Gooch will be booked, that there will be one "Although this is a friendly, it is hardly a friendly affair" bit in the pre-game commentary, at least three mentions of Blanco in MLS will pop up throughout the telecast, and the US will win on goals by an Altidore tap-in (off an Eddie Lewis cross) and a corner converted by Bocanegra.

Posted by: MK | February 6, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I missed the altercation because I was getting drunk with Ives...

Posted by: Goff | February 6, 2008 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I think people are getting a little board before the game.

Posted by: jgildea | February 6, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Goff you're joking right?

Posted by: Pino | February 6, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Goff you're joking right?

Posted by: Pino | February 6, 2008 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Keep your pants on! I will get you more info when I have it, but I cannot do that if I am pinned to the internet holding your hands!

Posted by: Goff | February 6, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Whoever is posting as Goff needs to stop.

It's not funny. And if you were in front of me, I'd pin you to the ground and then give you a swirly in the dirtiest toilet I can find.

Posted by: stop | February 6, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The real Goff can start a new thread, which impostors cannot.

Posted by: 22201 | February 6, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

People here posting comments Goff drop it right now!

Posted by: td | February 6, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Goff would cap "UPDATE" if it were him.

ITS NOT

Posted by: d, dc | February 6, 2008 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Goff has started a new thread that says nothing about Donovan.

Posted by: 22201 | February 6, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm gonna go with a 17-0 US win.


In all seriousness though, I think it will be 2-1 US- Mexican just can't stop losing.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

the predictions that Dos Santos will actually score are quite humorous.
I'll preface this by saying I am a Barca fan and would like to see him do better as a Barca fan, but he has been pretty underwhelming. He has great pace and the occasional ball handling flourish, but he is pretty disappointing. Poor positional awareness. He gets knocked off the ball far too easily (which isn't good in La Liga and is especially bad when playing a team like the USMNT known mostly for being physical to the point of being over-physical at times) Not a great finisher.
There is a reason Barca was shopping him for a loan deal. He has played in 16 matches for Barca more out of neccessity due to injuries and spite of Ronnie.
There is only one young wonderkid on Barca and that's Bojan. (Messi isn't a 'wonder kid' anymore, too old)
If he does end up scoring, it'll be on a fluke play.
I have a feeling this one is going to end up a low scoring draw 0-0 or 1-1

Posted by: papa bear | February 6, 2008 6:19 PM | Report abuse

Next time you pose as Mr. Goff, get your punctuation right!

"That is all I have for now I will let you know when more is made public by the USSF."

Still, I kinda wish it were true. Bofo the Clown vs. Landycakes?

Posted by: Glaucon | February 6, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

Good prediction. But I'm going with an additional late wonder goal by Rafa Marquez to win it for Mexico 2-1 against the US. Gio and Bradley will both score, I agree. Giovani's goal will be better!! :)

VIVA EL TRI Y MEXICO...
VIVA GIOVANI ALEX DOS SANTOS RAMIREZ...
and buena suerte USA...please don't subject me and my fellow Americans to TOTAL embarrassment, but we all know you'll go down respectably to Mexico...

Posted by: Catherine-Lucia | February 6, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

But you better watch your back because after Kit Manager plays a bit of keep it up he might track you down to have a go!

Posted by: Piney O | February 6, 2008 04:00 PM
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Uh, you mean "keepie uppie"?

Posted by: King Arthur | February 6, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

"I think people are getting a little board before the game."

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Better that than a waterboard

Posted by: Anonymous | February 6, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

We own Mexico...Altidore with a brace 2-0.

They can only fantasize about being our equals....

Posted by: Crazy D | February 6, 2008 8:57 PM | Report abuse

very interesting...

Posted by: dadryan | February 6, 2008 10:42 PM | Report abuse

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