Chicago: U.S. men failed to follow the example of American women, showing just how far they are from success. Jonathan Dos Santos scored in the 73rd minute, and Mexico beat the United States 1-0 Sunday night to win its record eighth title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Despite missing their top three forwards, El Tri dominated possession against an American team playing its first tournament under new coach Gregg Berhalter.
Christian Pulisic, the Americans’ 20-year-old star midfielder, was by far the best U.S. player and used bursts of speed and cutting ability to create chances.
Jordan Morris beat goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa with a 6-yard header from Pulisic’s corner kick in the 51st minute, but Andrés Guardado headed the ball at the goal line.
Cristian Roldan had a chance to tie the score in the 87th minute, but his point-blank shot hit Héctor Moreno on the head and bounced away.
While the crowd in France was overwhelmingly pro-American as the U.S. beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the Women’s World Cup final earlier in the day, Mexican fans in green, white and red in the crowd of 62,493 made Solider Field seem like Mexico City’s Estadio Azteca. Whenever American Zack Steffen took a goal kick, there were loud chants of “p—,” an anti-gay slur Mexican fans repeatedly have been admonished for.
Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa came up huge for his side inside the opening five minutes, thwarting U.S. star Christian Pulisic from close range.
Moments later, Ochoa was counting his lucky stars as Jozy Altidore was clean through on goal, only to roll his chance inches wide.
Mexico Captain Andres Guardado then put one over the bar from a slide in the 16th minute.
Paul Arriola and Pulisic were also both unable to capitalize on meaningful opportunities for the U.S. before the break.
The U.S. came inches from christening the scoreboard five minutes after the restart, Jordan Morris heading a Pulisic corner-kick past Ochoa only for Guardado to head it off the line.
Mexico began to control the game as the second half wore on.
Raul Jimenez came close in the 67th minute, but his chance deflected just wide.
Six minutes later, a soft back-heel touch from Jimenez set up Dos Santos, his first-time, curled, left-footed shot hitting the underside of the crossbar before going in, sending Soldier Field into sheer bedlam.
This is Mexico’s eight Gold Cup title, the most all-time.
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The U.S. has been rebuilding under Berhalter, the first American to coach the national team after playing in the World Cup for the U.S. Qualifying for the 2022 World Cup will not start until next summer, leaving the biennial championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean as the first measuring test for a team whose streak of seven straight World Cup appearances ended when it failed to make the field in Russia last year.
Mexico was playing in its first tournament under new coach Tata Martino. It has not lost a competitive match to the U.S. since 2013, re-establishing itself as the region’s power.
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FW Jonathan David of Canada is the winner of the 2019 Gold Cup Golden Boot Award.
The 19-year-old striker finished the tournament with six goals in 306 minutes played to lead all players. He also had two assists in the four games played.
David became the youngest player to ever score a hat trick in Gold Cup history with his three goals in a 7-0 Group A win over Cuba.
Following completion of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Concacaf announced the tournament’s Best XI.
The selection contains seven players from 2019 Gold Cup champion Mexico, who defeated the United States in the Final, 1-0, on Sunday night at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Among the notable names are Canada FW Jonathan David, who took home Golden Boot Award honors, Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa, who was named the Golden Glove winner and United States MF Christian Pulisic, who was named the Best Young Player.
2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Best XI
Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
Defender: Luis Rodriguez, Mexico
Defender: Carlos Salcedo, Mexico
Defender: Aaron Long, United States
Defender: Jesus Gallardo, Mexico
Midfielder: Michael Bradley, United States
Midfielder: Andres Guardado, Mexico
Midfielder: Jonathan dos Santos, Mexico
Winger/Right Midfielder: Jonathan David, Canada
Winger/Right Midfielder: Christian Pulisic, United States
Forward: Raul Jimenez, Mexico
Jonathan dos Santos and Memo Ochoa led Mexico to a record 8th Gold Cup title with a 1-0 victory over the USMNT.
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