In one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of Concacaf, a 117th minute goal from Miles Robinson of Atlanta United gave the United States a 1-0 win over Mexico in the Gold Cup Final on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
Despite the USA sending a side that won’t have too many players that will be a part of World Cup qualifying, Mexico was a -160 favorite to win the Gold Cup at DraftKings Sportsbook, making the USA a +130 underdog. It was a good price for a scrappy group that didn’t have much skill but plenty of heart.
The closest chance before the game winner game in the 26th minute as Paul Arriola found a turnover on his right foot with nothing but air and opportunity between him and history, but instead he found the woodwork in Wondolowski-like fashion.
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But in the 117th minute after stuffing up the middle for nearly two hours and keeping their shape and grit, Miles Robinson found the end of this Kellyn Acosta set piece cross and placed it perfectly to break the deadlock.
The USMNT continued a dominant defensive effort in the final, allowing just one goal in the entire tournament. This was the seventh meeting between Mexico and USA in the final, and the Americans now have two wins over their rivals thanks to Robinson’s brilliant header.
The USA is now 7-5 overall in Gold Cup Finals.