The United States men’s national team defeated Mexico’s top 10 teams in the final of the 2021 Las Vegas Gold Cup. With three minutes to go in overtime, point guard Miles Robinson scored a dramatic kick-off.
In the 117th minute, Robinson defeated Mexico’s Edson Álvarez in the 117th minute of a penalty shootout, and Kailin Acosta from the center of Mexico’s penalty area was wonderfully sent off.
The Mexican national team will be disappointed because they did not break through in the first half, at that point they controlled the game with a few goals, only to see US goalkeeper Matt Turner go ahead to stop Eltri (El Tri). But the best chance for the American team in the first half was through Paul Arriola, who hit the outside of the right post for about half an hour.
The Americans performed much better in the second half and turned into a fairly even game at the end of regular time. Orbelin Pineda provided Mexico with two best performances, but failed to switch early in the second half. Near the end of 90 minutes, Arriola and Matthew Hoppe gave USMNT the best chance, but both attempts were blocked. With the end of overtime, Robinson had almost no real chance before scoring, and both sides began to show fatigue.
is the seventh Gold Cup champion of the US team and the first since 2017. Mexico has won eight championships and Canada was the only country to win the trophy in 2000.
This is also the second major final victory for the United States against Mexico after the North American and Caribbean League of Nations (32, also after extension) in mid-June). Then everyone’s gaze turned to the World Cup qualifiers that will begin in September.