Tim Howard looks ahead to Mexico 

June, 1, 2011

CARY, N.C. -- It's no coincidence that the Gold Cup final on June 25 was scheduled for the 92,000-capacity Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif.

CONCACAF, which rarely gets anything right, knows that the presumptive U.S.-Mexico final can sell the joint out twice over. (And there's nothing soccer's governing bodies like more than piles of cold hard cash.)

It would be a dream matchup for fans of both national teams, for sure, but forgive U.S. coach Bob Bradley for not looking too far ahead.

"The last two Gold Cup finals were USA-Mexico, and there's the rivalry between the teams, so it's something that gets talked about a lot [by fans and media]," Bradley told us here earlier this week. "Certainly, it's not something we can think about too much yet."

U.S. keeper Tim Howard agrees -- sort of.

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Luke Cyphers is a former senior writer for ESPN The Magazine.
Doug McIntyre is a staff writer for ESPN The Magazine. He has covered American and international soccer since 2002.