June 26, 2011 by staff
Michael Bradley, Pablo Barrera scored two goals and Mexico came together to beat the U.S. 4-2 in CONCACAF Gold Cup final last night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos also scored for Mexico, which has won two consecutive titles in the Gold Cup and six in total. The victory ranks Mexico for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, a preview of the 2014 World Cup.
Michael Bradley, Landon Donovan scored to help the U.S. build a 2-0 lead. Donovan became the Gold Cup all time top scorer with 13 goals.
Barrier to stay put Mexico ahead in the 50th minute, slipping a shot from 10 yards below the right hand of diving goalkeeper Tim Howard and inside the left post.
The attendance of 93,420 was the largest for a game of the Gold Cup in the United States, but the crowd was decidedly in the corner of Mexico.
The Americans responded with an initial burst. Bradley put America ahead in the eighth minute with a header from 10 yards from corner kick from Freddy Adu.
Donovan’s 11-yard shot into the bottom left corner made it 2-0 in the 23d minute. Clint Dempsey pass between defenders Donovan released for a break.
Earthquakes 0, Galaxy 0 – Forward Mike Magee played the final 47 minutes in goal and Los Angeles survived the loss of his two goalkeepers to tie based in San Jose.
Magee, a nine-year veteran making his 185th appearance in MLS, took over in goal after backup Josh Saunders was ejected. Starting left Donovan Ricketts on 24 minutes through injury.
Magee made four saves and San Jose broke other attacks in the penalty box to help the league-leading Galaxy (9-2-8) extend its unbeaten streak to 10 games.
Dynamo 2, DC United 2 – Brian Ching headed in his first goal of the season in the 89th minute to give Houston a tie in Washington.
Charlie Davies took the lead DC United on 73 minutes D, when he tied the lead in MLS scoring with his eighth goal of the season.
Union 3, Chivas USA 2 – Danny Mwanga scored from 23 yards in the 82nd minute to lift Philadelphia Division I to a comeback victory in Chester, Pa.
FC Dallas 4, Wood 0 – Defenders Zach Loyd and John George scored on a corner kick five minutes in the first half to help FC Dallas defeat Portland expansion in Frisco, Texas.
Sporting 2, Whitecaps 1 – Omar Bravo scored his first goal since mid-March and also had his first assist of the MLS, helping host Kansas City continue their unbeaten run to seven games.
Real Salt Lake 3, Toronto FC 1 – Alvaro Saborio scored twice and added a goal Nat Borchers to help Salt Lake host to break a winless streak at four games.
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