USMNT’s so-called reserved squad with plenty of youngsters and more MLS’s based players selected for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup apparently has proven to be noteworthy. They managed to thump the reigning Champions Mexico by a single goal from Miles Robinson’s header taking advantage of Kellyn Acosta’s free kick only three minutes before the final whistle of second extra time. Both sides were knocking on the doors throughout the game. The home side had a golden chance to open the scoring but Paul Arriola’s strike only hit the post. Tata Martino’s men did slightly dominate the game but their attempts were either blocked by the American’s solid defence line or Matt Turner. Rugelio Funes Mori was the man who had been involved in most of their opportunities. Unfortunately, he did not succeed.
USA vs Mexico 1-0
Goals: Miles Robinson (117)
USA: Matt Turner – George Bello (Sam Vines 65), Miles Robinson, J Sands, Reggie Cannon (Shaq Moore 65) – S Lletget (Christian Roldan 66), Eryk Williamson (Gianluca Busio 87), Kellyn Acosta, Paul Arriola, Gyasi Zardes – Matthew Hoppe (Henry Kessler 120)
Mexico: Alfredo Tavalera – Hector Moreno (Carlos Salcedo 44 (G Sepulveda 106), Jesus Gallardo, Nestor Araujo, Luis Rodriguez – Edson Alvarez, Hector Herrera, Jonathan dos Santos (Erick Gutierrez 72) – Jesus Corona (Osvaldo Rodriguez 91), Orbelin Pineda (Rodolfo Pizzaro 76), Rugelio Funes Mori (Alan Pulido 106)
This is an unlikely victory for Gregg Behalter’s young inexperienced squad compared to the ones he picked for CONCACAF Nations League. The big well-known names such as Chelsea man Christian Pulisic, John Brooks, Manchester City’s Zack Steffen, Galatasaray’s De Andre Yedlin, Borussia Dortmund winger Giovanni Reyna, Werder Bremen’s Josh Sargent and Barcelona wing back Sergino Dest. The senior names who were included are only Gyasi Zardes, DC United Paul Arriola, LA Galaxy man Sebastian Lletget, Boavista’s Reggie Cannon, Seattle Sounders man Christian Roldan and the former Aston Villa goalie Brad Guzan as the reserved goalkeeper. The USMNT boss certainly deserved an appreciation for this accolade. Not only that he won two silverwares consecutively in two months, but also lift up the second team’s quality for the World Cup rooster next year, which could potentially give him a headache, in a positive way.
During the tournament, USMNT did not only win their seventh title in seventh encounters against Mexico in the final but also was awarded the Fair Play accolade. Their goalie, Matt Turner who has only earned seven caps for international fixtures won the Best goalkeeper. The most notable team in this edition, apart from the American young guns, is the invitee Qatar. The World Cup 2022 host was able to reach semifinal and only to lose 0-1 from a late goal of Gyasi Zardes. However, their forward Almoez Ali, became the top scorer with four goals. Their achievement here was equal to South Korea in 2002 edition. Meanwhile, the reigning champions Mexico only clinched the Best Player award for Hector Herrera whereas the Best Young player went to the Canadian Tajon Buchanan.