Gold Cup Dos Santos strike secured the victory
The double which many in the United States had hoped for on Sunday wasn’t to be, as the men’s senior team failed to replicate the success of the women’s team earlier in the day in the Gold Cup final, with Mexico regaining the trophy courtesy of a 1-0 victory at Soldier Field.
It was the team playing on home soil who made the best chances of the match, though, and Gregg Berhalter will come away from the match wondering just how he didn’t win his debut tournament as coach.
Christian Pulisic continued his sensational form on Sunday, creating a number of opportunities for those around him, and it’s easy to forget that he’s just 20 years old.
Jordan Morris thought he had broken the deadlock just after half time, but he saw his header from close range blocked off the line by the indefatigable Andres Guardado.
Momentum continued to sway in favour of the USA, yet it was to be a figure familiar to LaLiga Santander fans who would break their hearts.
In the 71st minute of play Dos Santos kickstarted a move on the right which would play out as one of the best crafted moves of the competition.
A powerful Rodolfo Pizarro cross found Raul Jimenez in the penalty area, and whilst the Wolves goalscorer was expected to shoot, a clever backheel took the American defender by surprise and Dos Santos was on hand to provide a left-footed winner.
For El Tri, it’s a triumph that made up for the disappointment of 2017 as they won their eighth Gold Cup.