2011 Gold Cup Finals: Mexico Defeats US 4-2
Mexico Wins the 2011 Gold Cup with a 4-2 Victory Over the US in the Finals
The U.S. jumped out to a commanding and early 2-0 lead in the 2011 Gold Cup finals. The action started when Freddy Adu centered a corner kick and Michael Bradley found the back of the net with a header in the ninth minute.
The U.S. then extended its lead to 2-0 in the 22nd minute 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.
That was the end of the scoring for the Americans though, and six minutes later Mexico was on the scoreboard.
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 (well seven minutes) 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 took their first lead in this game just four minutes into the second half when 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 in the 76th minute. 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 ended the scoring for the game, and for all intents and purposes it ended the 2011 Gold Cup. It was an exciting finale to an entertaining Gold Cup.
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