Mexico Reclaims Gold Cup With Another Legendary Dos Santos Golazo

It’s been just over eight years since Giovani dos Santos scored one of the greatest goals in Gold Cup history, putting the finishing touches on a 4-2 Mexico victory over the USMNT during the 2011 final. Fast forward to the present day and it’s his younger brother, Jonathan, who’s cemented El Tri’s continental dominance.

Mexico defeated the USMNT 1-0 in the 2019 final thanks to Dos Santos’ goal in the 73rd minute, which was created by the silkiest of back heels from Raúl Jiménez. You can’t say it wasn’t a deserved winner for Mexico on the strength of a strong second half performance, but the USMNT, at times, dazzled in front of an extremely pro-Mexican crowd in Chicago.

Gregg Berhalter’s side should’ve scored during an opening 10-minute barrage that looked suspiciously familiar to those who’ve been watching the USWNT’s exploits over the last month in France.

The first chance fell to Christian Pulisic in the fifth minute, but he was denied by Memo Ochoa after being played through by Jozy Altidore.   

Two minutes later, Altidore crafted a glorious opportunity with some wonderful individual skill, but his finish was so goddamn bad that it physically hurts. 

The U.S. was terrific in the first half, but Mexico still menaced, as exemplified by this Jonathan dos Santos half-volley that flew just wide. 

This was a spectacular final, offering a combativeness that crackled throughout Soldier Field. While the USWNT’s victory earlier in the day felt like something of a procession, this was like murder mystery of the highest order, and both sides took an early and often disliking towards one another. 

The U.S. continued its threat early in the second half with an effort cleared off the goal-line, but that wastefulness would soon be punished. 

In the 73rd minute, Dos Santos converted with a glorious shot off a beautiful Jiménez feed.  

The U.S. searched in vain for an equalizer and came close, but ultimately, CONCACAF supremacy returns to Mexico. 

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