The United States dominated Guadeloupe for 90 minutes Tuesday night. Luckily, we walked away with a 1-0 victory in the final CONCACAF Gold Cup group match, thanks to a first half thunderbolt from Jozy Altidore.
As for Clint Dempsey, I’m not sure if you can play well and have a crap performance at the same time, but that’s the only way I can describe his performance tonight. He had near misses, goofy attempts on goal & mucked up an absolute sitter a mere foot or two in front of the net. The sad thing is, Clint wasn’t the only one to miss an absolute sitter. I was pulling out what little hair I have, trust me.
Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis, coined the phrase “just win baby” and I suppose I should feel good that we got our “must win” tonight and thus advancing to the Gold Cup Quarterfinals versus Jamaica this Sunday. But I’m having a hard time not looking ahead. Right now, I’m saying we’re not good enough to win the Gold Cup and that is very troubling to me, as we had positioned ourselves over the past few years as the region’s #1 team.
As for Clint, hell, everyone has an off night. He’ll be ready to go on Sunday.