CHICAGO -- Jonathan dos Santos scored in the 73rd minute to give Mexico a 1-0 victory over the U.S. men's national team in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, July 7.
Mexico extended its record to eight championships in the 15 Gold Cups since 1991. The U.S. is second with six but failed to defend its 2017 title. Mexico has won four of the last six.
The U.S. had an opportunity to tie in the 87th minute, but a Cristian Roldan shot from 10 yards was blocked by the face of Mexican defender Hector Moreno.
El Tri survived several early great scoring opportunities by the U.S. Then they put in the dagger when dos Santos, who plays for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer, took a heel pass from Raul Jimenez and beat American keeper Zack Steffen with a curling floater from the top of the box.
The pace was frenetic from the start in front of the boisterous pro-Mexican sellout crowd of 62,493 for another edition of the storied rivalry.
Both sides could make claims for securing the go-ahead goal in the first half, beginning with a shot by dos Santos in the opening 35 seconds.
Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was challenged on a dangerous shot by Christian Pulisic after he was set up by Jozy Altidore in the fifth minute.
Altidore three minutes later took a long entry pass from Tim Ream, dribbled into space and had Ochoa beaten, but he sent his weak shot outside the right post. Mexico countered, and Steffen made a save on Raúl Jiménez.
The near-misses continued in the 31st when Paul Arriola beat Ochoa to a loose ball, but he couldn't convert from a tight angle, with his shot going through Ochoa's legs but wide of the far post.
In the 51st minute, the U.S. came within inches of the lead when Jordan Morris' header from Pulisic's corner was headed off the line by midfielder Andres Guardado.
From there, Mexico gained momentum and controlled the possession, gradually softening the American defense before the decisive goal.
The U.S. had its 10-game Gold Cup winning streak stopped.