I know the U.S. has had troubles beating Mexico in the past. I also find it fitting that they beat them to qualify for the World Cup before they did. I think the U.S. has a good chance to do some things in Germany next year.
Vera did try to stay away for a while, and did connect with the kicks whenever he could separate himself from Sylvia. Vera also apparently broke his hand in the first round, which was certainly a factor in his loss.