Mexico shocked the United States, 3-2 in extra time, in the Concacaf Cup match on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, delivering its first win over its regional rival in four years.
The game ended in a splendid fashion, with Paul Aguilarâ€™s magisterial volley in the 118th minute to cap off a thrilling period of extra time. Aguilar one-timed a well-executed shot off of a clearance to the lower right corner of the United States net.
Aguilarâ€™s goal proved a fitting conclusion that reflected the balance of the game. Mexico dominated possession of the sphere, pinning the Americans back and forcing them to play the long ball. The home team held out for as long as possible with a riposte from Bobby Wood in extra time, but eventually succumbed to a goal worthy of taking the Concacaf Cup.
The defeat was the first for the Jurgen Klinsmann in seven meetings with Mexico as the United States coach. The victory gave Mexico Concacafâ€™s berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.