Today we played and old nemesis from Israel...Mexico. It was a good game for us, as we won 10:0. Not much of a game, but a really good exercise in finding our way in our system,especially being able to iron out a few problems offensively. We have started the same line-up now for all three of our games, with one exception and that being the goalkeepers. We are alternating them on a game by game basis. Both keepers are excellent and that is the only fair way to handle them.
Let's start with the scoring. IN the 4th minute now for three straight games, we have scored our 1st goal. Jeff Zimering scored off an assist from Jason Hirsch. This goal was created by a succession of 1-2's straight down the field, resulting the goal.The 2nd goal came in the 11th minute from a right side cross from PJ Chermak to a hard run from Charlie Paris, who put it in. The 3rd goal came off Adam Purdy's punt after a good save towards Jeff Zimering isolated up top, but the result was an Own goal by Mexico. The 4th goal came in the 42nd minute from Jason Hirsch with an assist from our overlapping back, Adam Green. The score at the end of the first half was US 4, Mexico 0. We were very pleased with the first half, but needed to pick up our intensity and play better and earlier balls.
The 2nd half began and we were awarded a Penalty Kick in the 46th minute. Zach Dixon and put it in the back of the net. Score now stands at 5:0. In the 66th minute, we had a free kick outside the box and Justin Kamine put it in to make the score 6:0. The 7th goal came off an assist from Brian Cohen to Justin Kamine in the 70th minute. The 8th goal came 2 minutes later in the 72nd minute from Brian Cohen off an assist from Zach Dixon. Our 9th goal was by Jeff Zimering in the 77th minute, off an assist from Brian Cohen and the 10th and final goal was again assisted by Brian Cohen to Alec Botsford for the goal, in the 85th minute.
Before our game Brazil defeated the Australia Blue team by the score of 12:1. Brazil also defeated Mexico the day before by the score of 4:0. They are a very talented and technical team, so our game on Thursday, should be a nice test for us and hopefully, a prelude to the Gold Medal game with them again on Sunday. It should be interesting to see how they handle our pressure and our size and athleticism.
Tomorrow we have an off day and it will be nice to be able to have a recovery day for our bodies before our game on Thursday with Brazil. The game will begin a 2 PM. This is another score we need to settle from Israel!
So far, we could not be happier with our team and the way they have accepted and embraced our philosophy of play. They are a real pleasure to be with each and every day.
Marie, Sean and Sammy, I love you and miss you so very much. I wish you were all here with Aly and me right now. My "Gang of Four", I miss each of you so much and can't wait to see you. And to my family, especially my brother, I miss and love you. This trip is incredible and made even more special by having Aly with me each and every day.
So until Thursday afternoon, have a great day and best regards from Sydney,