Monday, October 25

The United States took the throne of the Gold Cup from Mexico with a goal at the end of extra time

The United States beat Mexico in the two finals they played in 2021.

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United States completed a gold Cup perfect and in the best possible way: beating Mexico, his classic rival, with a goal at the end of extra time (1-0) to be crowned the new champion of the main Concacaf competition.

In Las Vegas, the selection of the stars and stripes imposed his effective game, which prioritizes results over showiness, and it paid off even when he showed up in the competition with an alternative outfit.

For its part, Mexico did not honor a fairly experienced squad with top-level players on the continent and even in Europe. In addition, he did not take advantage of the nationalization of Rogelio Funes Mori, who could not score in the last two games.

It was a game with many failures, although the first dangerous chance was generated by a near-lethal header from Rogelio Funes Mori, which was stopped by goalkeeper Matt Turner.

The game promised emotions, and it would give us many more plays to get us off our seats.

After the American save we saw the first big mistake in his definition. Paul Arriola could not take advantage of an ineffective exit from the Mexican defense and forgave a practically unbeatable heads-up.

Mexico would also have its incredible failure. OrbelΓ­n Pineda, who throughout the tournament was precise when defining, horribly kicked a ball into the area, with the clear opportunity to send it to save.

Alfredo Talavera put on the hero’s cape with an acrobatic save that prevented the United States’ first goal at minute 73 β€².

Mexico suffered during the second half. And it was a harbinger of what might happen later in the event that they didn’t go through with it upstairs. Gerardo β€œTata” Martino’s team was vulnerable.

Neither selection could be hurt: overtime in Las Vegas. And there, neither the United States forgave again nor Mexico had the solidity of Talavera.

On the contrary. Talavera had a false start that Miles Robinson made pay with a head butt to the ground that ended up in the Mexican networks. Minute 117 β€². Glory lost for El Tri and second consecutive final won by the selection of the stars and stripes.

El Tri could not get up in the remaining time. The United States looked for it so much until it got it. The punch made it clear that he is worth more than possession.

The strategy worked wonders for United States, which featured an alternative team full of youth and MLS players in search of putting together the best possible squad for the start of the Concacaf Playoffs heading to Qatar 2022.

Along the way they found not only the support of their fans, but also a defense capable of withstanding the onslaught of each of the rivals they faced. He knew how to suffer and also knew how to win: he left the Gold Cup with six wins, 11 goals for and just one against.

Those led by Gregg Berhalter smile more than anyone in the region as they end their summer commitments with two trophies: the Concacaf Nations League and the gold Cup, both won to Mexico, that day by day sees how the United States follows the heels to him, even with an alternative selection.

Will the roles be reversed in Central America?

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