Mexico continued their dominance of CONCACAF on Sunday night as they beat the U.S. 1-0 to become the 2019 Gold Cup champions. That gives El Tri their record-setting 8th Gold Cup title and marks the fifth time they’ve beat the U.S. in the final in six meetings there.
The U.S. had a pair of great chances in the opening 10 minutes, with Christian Pulisic and Jozy Altidore combining well, but Guillermo Ochoa stopped Pulisic and Altidore couldn’t get his attempt on frame.
Mexico needed some time to get into the game but they created a few chances of their own as the half wore on. The game went to halftime goalless, but in the second 45 the game tilted decisively in Mexico’s favor.
But not before the U.S. had one more golden opportunity in the 51st minute. From a corner kick – where they had been dangerous all game – Jordan Morris saw his header cleared off the line with Ochoa beaten.
The decisive goal came in the 73rd minute for Mexico. Rodolfo Pizarro played in Raúl Jiménez, who backheeled the ball into the path of Jonathan dos Santos. The LA Galaxy attacker sent his shot past Zack Steffen and in off the underside of the bar to make it 1-0 for El Tri.