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USA beats Mexico in 'legends' match

  • ESPN LA, Monday, April 16, 2012 3:25 PM

About 12,000 fans at the Home Depot Center on Sunday watched the USA beat Mexico in the Clasico de Leyendas, a match between great U.S. and Mexican players of yesteryear, primarily the 1990s and early 2000s, when the rise of American soccer created the region's greatest national teams rivalry. The game raised funds for Hispanic college scholarships.

“Reminds me of the [2002] World Cup,” said Cobi Jones. “Same score, always fabulous.”

Scott French reports that the goals came from Roy Lassiter (MLS's first scoring champion) and Brian McBride (a legend in the U.S. and parts of England), and both arrived in the second half, after Galaxy goalkeeper coach Ian Feuer (capped just once, in 1992) had made the best of eight fantastic saves -- on Francisco Palencia, Ramon Morales, Jared Borgetti twice, Alberto Garcia Aspe, Ramon Ramirez and Luis Hernandez twice -- that kept the Yanks in what had been a very one-sided game.

It wasn't played at near the pace of the battles a generation ago, and those who have retired in just the past year or three -- McBride, John O'Brien, Jovan Kirovski and Chris Klein, Palencia and Mariano Trujillo for Mexico -- clearly were sharper and fitter than those who've been on the sidelines longer, like Wynalda, Jones, Paul Caligiuri and U.S. captain Thomas Dooley.

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1 comment about "USA beats Mexico in 'legends' match".
  1. Ted Hartwell, April 16, 2012 at 7:41 p.m.

    Was this recorded at all? Will it be broadcast? It would have been fun to watch.....

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