October 10, 2015
Extra time rally goes to waste as US men lose to Mexico in CONCACAF Cup
PASADENA, Calif.---Mexico scored twice in extra time to capture a 3-2 win over the United States on Saturday and earn a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup. Paul Aguilar scored the game winner on a stunning strike in the 118th minute.
|Geoff Cameron's 13th-minute goal lifted the USA into a 1-1 tie with Mexico that ultimately sent Saturday's CONCACAF Cup match into extra time.
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The slugfest, in front of 93,723 at the Rose Bowl between the past two CONCACAF Gold Cup winners, proved to be evenly matched, with the game tied 1-1 at the end of regulation.
It seemed like the United State's hopes were dashed in the 96th minute, when Oribe Peralta put El Tri up 2-1, taking a long ball out of the midfield from Aguilar to score.
Late sub Bobby Wood, who has made a habit of scoring big goals for the United States, having scored against both Germany and Holland in recent friendlies, leveled the affair in the 108th minute. DeAndre Yedlin, another late sub, made a run down the right and cut into the area. Wood made a run down midfield, got the ball from Yedlin, and scored going across his own body.
However, Aguilar put the U.S. hopes to rest for good with a stunning full-volley strike from outside the 18, leaving goalkeeper Brad Guzan with no chance.
Woods' strike marked the second time the United States had come back from a one-goal deficit in the game.
Mexico set the U.S. on their heels in the tenth minute of the match, pulling the defense out of shape and mounting a 2v1 break on Guzan. Peralta rolled the ball across the area ahead of Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, who tucked the ball into the left side of the net. The goal was the 42nd of Chicharito's career, and his first against the United States.
It took the U.S. just three minutes to equalize. Damarcus Beasley was taken down on the left side, and Michael Bradley set up for the free kick parallel to the 18 yard box. The U.S. captain floated a perfect ball in the area, and Geoff Cameron sailed through the box and connected for a header from the top of the six.
Guzan, who was given the start over the returning Tim Howard, provided a scary moment in the 23rd minute, charging off his line to punch a ball into the area, then following through trying to clear the ball with his feet at the edge of the 18.
A minute later, Guzan made a diving save on a 25-yard shot by Hector Herrera.
Bradley came close to giving the U.S. the lead in the 37th minute, making a run up the midfield and cutting into the 18 before sending his shot wide right.
Emotions almost boiled over in the 34th minute, when Guzan covered up a ball in the box and tangled up with Peralta. The two came up nose to nose and chest bumping, and all 22 players on the field got involved in the scum. The result was a yellow to Peralta.
Although Mexico was dominating the attack, the U.S. had their two best chances to take the lead late in the first half. In the 40th minute, Jozy Altidore got a beautiful ball for Gyasi Zardes, but tipped his shot over the bar.
Two minutes later, Hector Moreno took down Altidore on the edge of the box, earning a yellow card. Bradley sent the free kick right at the near post, where it was knocked away by Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz.
Mexico dominated possession throughout the game, by a 64-36 margin, and outshot the U.S. 24-13. Guzan and off the mark shooting by El-Tri kept the U.S. in the game.
The U.S. goalkeeper came up with stops on Raul Jimenez in the 47th and 73 minutes, and grabbed up a chipped free kick by Hector Herrera in the 87th.
Guzan and the U.S. defense came up big in second half stoppage time, when Chicharito played a ball for Peralta in the box. Guzan made the save, but t was up to Matt Besler to make the clearance and get the ball out of danger.
The U.S. was not without their chances, but they barely tested Munoz, who needed to make only two saves in the entire game.