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The U.S. edged Jamaica, 1-0, and Mexico outlasted Honduras in overtime, 2-0, in the Gold Cup semifinals at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  The two old rivals will meet in the title game Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  [June 22]

Comment:  It wasn’t easy, but the U.S. and Mexico managed to make their way into the final.  And the most relieved people in the stadium weren’t coaches Bob Bradley and Jose Manuel De La Torre but CONCACAF officials–what’s left of them in the wake of the confederation’s recent vote-buying scandal.

How important is it for a Gold Cup to end with El Tri on the field, or at least appear to be headed that way?   With most fans and journalists considering Mexico-U.S. a given, the final at the 90,000-seat Rose Bowl was declared a sellout hours before the semifinals even kicked off.  Compare that to the 2002 Gold Cup final, when at that same stadium just 14,432 showed up to see the U.S. beat Costa Rica, 2-0.  Or the 2000 final, when an announced crowd of 7,000 watched Canada defeat Colombia in the 100,000-seat Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.  A few nights earlier, 2,841 were on hand at the Coliseum for the semifinal between the Canadians and Trinidad & Tobago.