Concluding a competition full of excitement, Mexico lifted the CONCACAF Gold Cup following their 4-2 win over the United States on Saturday.
Michael Bradley gave the United States the lead in the 8th minute, after heading home Freddy Adu’s corner at the front post.
The United States doubled their lead in the 23rd minute, when Landon Donovan perfectly timed his run to pick up on Clint Dempsey’s through ball. The LA Galaxy favorite calmly slotted the ball past Alfredo Talavera, putting his country in line for their fifth Gold Cup championship.
The Mexicans, however, certainly weren’t going down without a fight. Manchester United’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernández, who was later named tournament MVP with seven goals, saw Pablo Barrera in open space just nine minutes later. The West Ham United winger pulled one back for his country, much to the delight of the roaring Mexican elite.
It was nine minutes before the break when the United States failed to deal with a dangerous cross from Giovani dos Santos, allowing Andrés Guardado to pounce from six yards out and draw his team level.
In his second goal of the game, Barrera gave Mexico a well-deserved lead in the 49th minute. Guardado's assist allowed Barrera to perfectly strike the ball with his right foot from just inside the penalty area. Please excuse the green balloon!
In remarkable fashion, dos Santos sealed the championship in the 76th minute. While Carlos Bocanegra managed to clear the ball away from his own corner flag, it only landed as far as Gerardo Torrado, who played it through to dos Santos. Although Tim Howard marched out to deal with the danger, dos Santos danced around every American in his sight before chipping the ball past Eric Lichaj, who attempted to head the ball clear.
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, was full of 93,420 fans - a new record a Gold Cup match in the United States.
The entire post match ceremony was conducted in Spanish, much to the disgust of Tim Howard. The goalkeeper, currently of Everton, said: "CONCACAF should be ashamed of itself. I think it was a f***ing disgrace that the entire post-match ceremony was in Spanish. You can bet your ass if we were in Mexico City it wouldn't be all in English."
Mexico will now travel to Argentina to compete in the Copa América, starting July 1.