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Porter's boys make it 3-for-3
by Paul Kennedy, March 1st, 2012 1:15AM
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TAGS:  mexico, olympics


[USA-MEXICO U-23S] It was quite a day for U.S. national teams. First, the women open up at the Algarve Cup with a 5-0 win over Denmark. Then, the men earn a 1-0 decision over Italy in Genoa, their first victory in the series that dates back to 1934. Finally, goals from Juan Agudelo and Mix Diskerud a minute apart in the first half give the U-23s a 2-0 win over their Mexican counterparts at FC Dallas Stadium.

Diskerud, who recently moved on loan from his native Norway to Belgium's Gent, set up Agudelo for a header with a corner kick to the near post in the 34th minute.

Then Freddy Adu's shot deflected off Diskerud into the goal.

In a wide-open game, the USA and Mexico combined for 36 shots.

Both U.S. goalies -- Bill Hamid and Sean Johnson -- made spectacular saves to keep the Tri off the scoreboard.

Agudelo, Adu and Diskerud all have experience with the senior national team. Coach Caleb Porter's midfield also featured Alfredo Morales, who has been playing regularly for German club Hertha Berlin, and Joe Corona, the Newcomer of the Year in Mexico's Torneo Apertura for Tijuana.

Corona formerly played for Mexico's U-23s, who lined up two American-born players, Ricardo Bocanegra and Miguel Ponce.

Feb. 29 in Frisco, Texas
USA 2 Mexico 0. Goals: Agudelo 35, Diskerud 36.
USA -- Hamid (Johnson, 46), Sarkodie, Opara, Kitchen, Valentin, Morales (Okugo, 90), Diskerud, Corona, Adu (Taylor, 67), Agudelo (Bunbury, 61), Gyau (Duka, 78).
Mexico -- Sanchez, Jimenez, Araujo, Chavez, Bocanegra (Aquino, 46), Cortes, Amione (Pulido, 64), Fabian, Enriquez (Cabrera, 78), Ponce (Herrera, 46), Mier.
Att.: 7,432.

  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 1, 2012 at 11:30 a.m.
    Why did it take Mexico to call up Corona for USA to show interest? How many more talents like him, Bocanegra and Ponce will USA pass up or ignore? ? Is there a limit on Hispanics that the USA teams are allowed to roster?? This U23 team is the most ethnically diverse team I have seen and the best soccer I have Seen a USA team play. Coincidence??
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 1, 2012 at 5:52 p.m.
    That wasn't racist Huh?? The better question should be why didn't we here anything about these USA born players before? Or did these players get opportunities to play for USA national teams or pools? Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't USA going all the way to Germany for its players?? At least Mexico doesn't have to go that far and I am sure Mexico would be these players first choice given the fact they have been ignored here. You think the German American Platts would pick USA over Germany if they had the choice??
  1. Eric in DC
    commented on: March 1, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.
    I think both of you guys are being jerky for no reason. Corona has been getting attention from US since last year but Bradley was canned and Corona isn't strong enough to compete at the senior team level. Look how hard it has been for Torres and he's awesome. BTW, last I checked, Bocanegra plays for the US. SuperMan: I know you don't intend it, but you sound like a dirt bag with all the raza comments. Luis: deja esa mierda en casa, lo de quien juega o no y por qual pais no tiene nada que ver contigo.
  1. David Parsons
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 12:41 a.m.
    I disagree with race being used a factor in these conversations. The US soccer team should reflect our country, and that means that Latin Americans and German Americans among others. I have coached and played at many levels in this country, let me tell you, I'm sick of the suburban caucasian kids that are huge and fast but have no soccer brain or innate skill. Our youth system rewards victory which comes from superior physical characteristics. That is why I believe players like Corona don't get a sniff. Luis has pretty good taste in players if he prefers the type of players that has won multiple youth world cups. I would just add that the US needs be the US, with African Americans, Latin Americans, and whatever else is brought out of the pot. Don't you think that would be some exciting soccer instead of the boring Italians, the headcase English, the undisciplined African teams or violent Dutch. @Eric in DC - article was talking about a different Bocanegra.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 8:23 a.m.
    Yes, there is a 2nd bocanegra born in USA but this one went unnoticed here and plays for Mexico U23s. David, thus is why I think there is no coincidence having this ethinically diverse U23s play the most exiting soccer I have seen a USA team play. This should be celebrated, analized and replicated for all USA teams. Don't you think?
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 12:35 p.m.
    We agree on the best players playing together and they will certainly not only be from one race. The fact still remains that the most creative players are in a high percentage Hispanics. Just like black's are usually more creative with basketball. Or do you disagree with my basketball comment as well, Stuper??
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 1:20 p.m.
    Stuper, so you are saying that African-Americans are not the most creative basketball players in numbers when compared to other races?
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 5:50 p.m.
    Wow, you are either the worlds biggest hipocrit or incredibly naive. My guess is both. So, to you a complete dominance by African-American in basketball in numbers and talent for so many years is pure coincidence?? Ha!!! I think I have to say no more. You are Super. Super STUPID!!!
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 2, 2012 at 5:53 p.m.
    What's offensive is you trying to cover up how racist you really, which everyone here can see, by attacking my points of view that are based on facts.
  1. Luis Arreola
    commented on: March 4, 2012 at 12:41 a.m.
    Stuper, wasn't basketball first invented and played by only white people? Don't you think that maybe it seems like basketball is more popular in the black community because they completely dominate it. Isn't soccer more popular in the Hispanic community here in the American continent?? Wouldn't it be the same?? So your explanation is the reason Hispanics dominate soccer??

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