Man of the Match: Gooch

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Oguchi Onyewu has shown the critics where they can park it: again. For those who continue to point to his failed loan spell at Newcastle as some sort of proof that Gooch isn’t a top class center back, his remarkable performance in the 2-0 US win over Spain refutes any and all arguments.

We’re subjected to a list of the top center backs in the world on a regular basis in the football media. But on Wednesday Gooch outdid them all with a performance for the ages. Positioning, clearances and tackling were all perfect for Onyewu. Football is tough sport to play a perfect match in, and sure their were times Gooch was bailed out Wednesday. But aside from Kasey Keller’s performance in the 1998 Gold Cup vs Brazil, this was the most perfect match I have ever seen an American play.