Mexico vs USA Gold Cup Final: Why Mexicans Were Too Dominant in Win
The Mexico vs USA Gold Cup Finals Ends with a 4-2 Victory for El Tri
The U.S. jumped out to a commanding and early 2-0 lead in the 2011 Gold Cup finals, yet it never really felt like they were in control. While they scored an opportunistic two early goals, they never really had control of this game.
Mexico controlled possession for the majority of this game, and they were getting plenty of good looks. It all felt like it was a matter of time before they broke through and it was.
Pablo Barrera netted El Tri's first goal, and his first of two on the day, with a goal inside the right post as the U.S. was just coming off of a substitution. Mexico then wasted no time pulling even at two when their second goal came after Eric Lichaj tried to clear the ball back to Tim Howard, but El Tri's Andre Guardado ran interference and the ball found the back of the net as it slid past Tim Howard.
Mexico wasted no time in the second half to claim their first lead. In the fourth minute of the second half Pablo Barrera found himself all alone vs. U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard. Barrera did not waste his opportunity and he masterfully bended it past Howard.
Giovani Dos Santos scored the goal of the game to give Mexico a commanding 4-2 lead. He had the ball on the right back corner of the goalkeepers box as Tim Howard came out and tried to take the ball from him, but Dos Santos eluded him and two U.S. defenders.
He then lofted a beautiful chip shot to the back upper left corner of the goal. The U.S. had a defender back, and he jumped as high as he could to try and head the ball away, but he missed by inches. And now it is 4-2 Mexico in the 80th minute.
That was the fourth and final unanswered goal for Mexico. The U.S. scored early when Freddy Adu centered a corner kick and Michael Bradley found the back of the net with a header.
The U.S. extended its lead to 2-0 after Freddy Adu passed to Clint Dempsey and Dempsey then assisted to Landon Donovan as he slid it past the keeper, but that was as good as it got for the Americans.
It was an entertaining match, but in the end Mexico's offensive firepower was just too much for the Americans
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