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Yeah, I almost mentioned that. Wood also whiffed on a point blank chance,

and like you said we had the majority of quality chances despite only about 1/4 possession. Mexico's goal came right after the Wood whiff and was really their only good chance outside of the free kick off the post.

I also agree on the counter being well executed otherwise, though we needed a midfielder to commit a tactical foul to stop the chance outside of free kick scoring range. I also agree that perhaps Guzan's sightline was blocked on the goal, but I think Howard probably reacts and is able to deflect it away.

That being said I was scratching my head on Arena's decision to start BG over TH but in hindsight I think it was brilliant like the rest of the subs. He may have risked tweaking the groin again with all of the goal kicks necessary from our defensive strategy and the other changes were replacements mostly from the Mexican league that had familiarity with playing at Azteca. A few other notable players on the bench likely would have run out of gas and risked a late goal after playing in altitude vs T&T just 3 days earlier.

Yes, not finishing top 3 would be a disappointment, and I think we would beat any Asian 5th place team we might face, but I want none of that playoff!

[Post edited by HOOSNICE at 06/14/2017 12:05PM]

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Posted: 06/14/2017 at 12:03PM


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