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Mexico beats USA to lift 8th Gold Cup

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Christian Pulisic United States 2019

"What we lacked was I think some of the calmness, some of the composure".

The U.S. men delivered their best performance of the tournament with a 3-1 semifinal win over Jamaica on Wednesday.

Despite missing their top three forwards, El Tri dominated possession against an American team playing under new coach Gregg Berhalter.

And as such, they made their feelings known on social media, demanding for Berhalter to be taken off the bench of the United States Men's National Team. Superb midfield play by the Mexicans gave them a number of opportunities for goals, but it was not until the 73rd minute that Jonathon Dos Santos lifted the ball pass the United States goalkeeper to give Mexico the 1 nil victory.

Despite missing their top three forwards, El Tri had 58% possession, outshot the US 20-10 and won their eighth Gold Cup title to six for the USA, which dropped to 1-5 in Gold Cup finals against its biggest rival.

The attempt bounced in behind United States of America goalie Zack Steffen. Pizarro crossed in the penalty area where Raúl Jiménez played a back-heel pass to Dos Santos, who had continued his run.

Greg Berhalter's squad had a few great opportunities to grab the lead, but they failed to put one in the net, and Jonathan dos Santos' goal in the 73rd minute was the difference.

Morris almost broke the deadlock for the USMNT in the 51 minute, rising well to meet a Pulisic corner, but his goal-bound header was cleared off the line by Andrés Guardado.

Chicago Fire midfielder Djordje Mihailović returns to his home city with an opportunity to raise the regional crown with the USA, having appeared for the Stars and Stripes twice throughout their tournament run. Second-half sub Cristian Roldan's point-blank shot hit Héctor Moreno on the head and bounced away in the 87th. Mexico is on a 10 game winning streak. This year marks the 15th iteration of the tournament, which is held biennially and takes places between the North, Central American and Carribean regions.

It's the first final for both new coaches, Tata Martino of Mexico and Gregg Berhalter of the United States, and the victor gets more than just a title - they also get major bragging rights. It has not lost a competitive match to the US since 2013, re-establishing itself as the region's power.

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