In a battle of restoring teams with new head coaches, Mexico came out on top against the United States in the Gold Cup final. The USMNT got some good opportunities in the opening 10 minutes, but stonewashed as the match went on, and a stunner from El Tri midfielder Jonathan dos Santos was the change in his team’s 1-0 win.
Christian Pulisic closely put his team on top in the 5th minute after a great bit of hold-up play and pass from Jozy Altidore, but Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa positioned himself impeccably.
Altidore was set up for a good chance by an excellent long-range throw from Tim Ream two minutes later, but put his energy just wide.
The Americans opened the second half strong as well, almost scoring from a 50th minute corner. Jordan Morris worn out Ochoa with a header, but Andres Guardado headed the ball off the line. A continuous determination by Weston McKennie was blocked and the USMNT players objected for a handball, but nothing was given.
Fitness concerns forced Gregg Berhalter into subs around the hour mark, and Mexico grab the match from that point. Once Morris and Altidore left for Christian Roldan and Gyasi Zardes, El Tri started to manage possession and set the Americans under serious pressure.
As time passes the goal happened in the 73rd minute, it sensed like it had been coming for a while, but it still took an outstanding effort to worn out Zack Steffen. Guardado taking place the move with a vivid run and pass into the box for Raul Jimenez, who played a back heel into the way of dos Santos. The Mexico midfielder placed a perfect shot into the top far corner, putting his team up 1-0.
The USMNT’s greatest chance to balance came on an 86th minute corner, where two shots were blocked and a third, by Roldan, was well hold back by Ochoa. But Mexico held on to winch the trophy, their first under new boss Gerardo Martino.