Gold Cup 2011 Final: U.S. 2-4 Mexico; Mexico Wins Gold Cup

Neri SteinFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2011

HOUSTON - JUNE 22:  Clint Dempsey #8 of the U.S.A. celebrates with Landon Donovan #10, Michael Bradley #4 and Alejandro Bedoya #22 after scoring in the second half against Panama at Reliant Stadium on June 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas. U.S.A. won 1-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Well, here we go! For the third straight year, Mexico and the U.S. will face off in the Gold Cup final, this time at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. 

Mexico sits atop the charts with five Gold Cup titles, but the U.S. can equal that mark Saturday night.

Let's just hope Bob Bradley sends his charges out with a little more fire for the final. Landon Donovan likely will not find himself on the bench like he did in the semifinals against Panama.

At the back, Tim Howard will have to keep out Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who has been on a scoring spree since last summer's World Cup in South Africa. 

I'll be here throughout the match keeping you updated on what's happening—and hopefully that will be a lot, as it often is when these two rivals meet.

Final Update: Mexico defeats the U.S. 4-2 to win their second straight Gold Cup and sixth overall. Mexico scored four unanswered goals after surprisingly going down 2-0 after 23 minutes. 

Racing Santander's Giovani dos Santos (loan from Tottenham) was the Man of the Match with superb footwork and skill throughout, and he was rewarded with a sublime finish for Mexico's fourth goal. Pablo Barrera scored twice on either side of a Andres Guardado goal. 

Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan had gotten the U.S. off to the perfect start with goals in the eighth and 22nd minutes respectively, but Mexico's rising superstars were too much for America's hodgepodge team. 

Game time: 9:00 p.m. EST
TV: Univision

Final Gold Cup Final Score: USA 2 - 4 Mexico Fulltime 

M. Bradley 8' P. Barrera 28', 49'

L. Donovan 22' A. Guardado 35', G. dos Santos 76'