Last-gasp header lifts USA over Mexico in Gold Cup final at packed house in Vegas

The Gold Cup final match was played in Las Vegas, the gambling hub of America. The enthsiastic and boisterous crowd was colorful and overwhelmingly pro-Mexico. In the end the USA prevailed and everyone was having a good time.

It’s the seventh Gold Cup crown for Team USA.

Next comes the 2022 World Cup qualifying matches beginning in September. It will be a tough road to Qatar for Team USA. For now the squad can enjoy the victory.

Today was coach Gregg Berhalter’s 48th birthday. Congratulations, coach.

The Guardian 8.1.2021

Miles Robinson scored on a header in the 117th minute, and a reduced United States lineup upset a mostly front-line Mexico team 1-0 on Sunday night to win the Concacaf Gold Cup.

Kellyn Acosta, the only player in the US lineup who gets playing time when the first-choice roster is together, took a free kick, and Robinson outjumped Edson Alvarez and headed the ball in on one hop to the right of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera.

Robinson, a 24-year-old defender, got his third international goal in nine international appearances, his second goal of the tournament.

Matt Turner got his fifth shutout in six matches of the Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

The US won its seventh Gold Cup title, its first since 2017, matching Mexico for the most in the 15 tournaments. Canada won in 2000. It was just the second victory for the Americans in seven finals against El Tri.

The US have won nine consecutive games overall and 14 home games in a row.

Top players, who are with their clubs for European preseasons, will return when the US opens World Cup qualifying at El Salvador on 2 September. Mexico start at home that day against Jamaica.

Before an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico crowd, El Tri started seven of the 11 players who began the Nations League final that the US won in extra time in June: defenders Luis Rodriguez, Nestor Araujo, Hector Moreno and Jesus Gallardo plus midfielders Alvarez, Jesus Corona and Hector Herrera. The newcomers were Talavera, midfielders Jonathan dos Santos and Orbelin Pineda, and forward Rogelio Funes Mori, starting in place of goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa plus Carlos Rodriguez, Uriel Antuna and Hirving Lozano.

The US lineup included nine players from Major League Soccer.

The field Concacaf chose was 69 yards wide, narrower than the recommended 75 yards.

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Gold cup winning coach Gregg Berhalter

US coach Gregg Berhalter made four changes from the lineup in the semi-final win over Qatar, inserting Cannon for Shaq Moore, Bello for Sam Vine, Williamson for Gianluca Busio and Zardes for Daryl Dike.

Top photo – USA’s forward Nicholas Gioacchini, right, points at Miles Robinson after Robinson scored the winning goal during the Concacaf Gold Cup final against Mexico at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday night. Photograph: Patrick T Fallon/AFP/Getty Images

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