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Howard: CONCACAF 'should be ashamed'

Tim Howard took exception to the Gold Cup awards ceremony being conducted in Spanish.
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PASADENA, Calif.

If American goalkeeper Tim Howard and his teammates were not happy with the result of soccer's Gold Cup final, they certainly were not enamored with what transpired afterwards, FOX News Latino reported Sunday.

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After the US lost to Mexico 4-2, Howard cursed tournament officials because the postgame ceremonies were in Spanish.

"CONCACAF should be ashamed of themselves," Howard said. "I think it's a [expletive] disgrace that the entire postgame ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your [butt] if we were in Mexico City, it wouldn't be all in English."

The ceremony before a mostly pro Mexican-crowd of 93,420 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., was emceed by Fernando Fiore, a commentator for Spanish-language network Univision.

Though Fiore reportedly mostly spoke in Spanish, he also used English throughout, including when the US players were presented with their runner-up medals.

The Mexicans earned gold by overcoming a two-goal, first-half deficit, putting on a scintillating show of high-octane attacking.

Howard, who had to take the ball out of his net four times, soon calmed and went on to praise his arch-rivals.

"They've got some special players," the Everton star said. "I thought we'd knocked the stuffing out of them at 2-0, really hit them where it hurt. Take your hat off to them. They are a good bunch of players."

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