U.S. Goalie Tim Howard: Post-match Ceremony Was A Disgrace
After the U.S. Men's National Team dropped the Gold Cup Final to Mexico 4-2 last night, U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard was understandably upset, but for reasons other than the fact that his team had just lost a championship game.
Instead, Howard claims that he was upset that despite the fact that the match was played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the ceremony to present Mexico as the Gold Cup champions was presented in all Spanish.
"CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves. I think it was a [expletive] disgrace that the entire postmatch ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass that if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English."
A CONCACAF spokesperson declined to comment on the situation, which led to a Howard being visibly upset as officials attempted to gather the U.S. National Team for a team photo following the ceremony.
While Howard has a valid point that a U.S. championship ceremony in Mexico would most likely also be presented in Spanish, it's more likely that he is really just upset with the fact that he and his defense allowed four unanswered goals after the U.S. jumped out to an early 2-0 start to the match.
It also worth noting that Pasadena is a suburb of Los Angeles, which according to the 2010 census has a population that is 48.5% Hispanic. U.S. coach Bob Bradley even acknowledged that the Rose Bowl crowd had a pro-Mexico vibe to it.
Obviously, the support that Mexico has on a night like tonight makes it a home game for them. But it's in the Rose Bowl, and we're proud to be here, certainly we have some fans, but the overwhelming amount of support [for Mexico] is something that we expected and as a team we understand it's part of what we've got to deal with tonight.
And really, shouldn't CONCACAF be more concerned with pleasing the fans in attendance than the losing team?
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