On Sunday, the United States Men’s National Team defeated Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, 1-0 in extra time. After a scoreless first and second halves, defender Miles Robinson scored in the 117th minute.
Robinson, who plays for Atlanta United, expressed his delight at winning the championship, telling broadcasters, “That is all I can say.”
The United States launched a strong offensive in the first half, but neither team scored, with both teams trading missed opportunities.
Robinson scored the game-winning goal on a header in the second overtime period.
Mexico played with more aggression, but US goalkeeper Matt Turner stopped four shots. The United States team captain, Paul Arriola, appeared to lose concentration in the 25th minute when he pulled ahead of the other players on the field but missed a goal.
Mexico had two chances to score in the second half, in the 49th and 52nd minutes, but Orbeln Pineda failed to convert both times.
Héctor Herrera of Mexico was given a yellow card in the 72nd minute for tackling Eryk Williamson.
However, neither team was able to score, forcing the game into extra time.
CONCACAF is a FIFA confederation that encompasses North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.
This was the seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup win for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, and the second time in as many months the team has beaten Mexico in extra time.
The CONCACAF qualification period for the World Cup finals began in March. The World Cup will be played in Qatar in 2022.