Mexico Champion of the 2019 Gold Cup

Jonathan Do Santos with a Lucky goal. 

 

By: Carlos Chicas

Photos: CONCACAF & USA Today

Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.- The National Team of Mexico achieved its eleventh Gold Cup by defeating the National Team of the United States for the minimum difference of one goal to zero.

While Mexico won and statistics defend The Aztecs to remain “The Kings” of the region, what is clear that  winning the 2019 Gol Cup was not as easy as in previous years.

Jul 7, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; United States players huddle against Mexico in the second half championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Sunday night  was for Los Azteca, as the United States team failed to capitalize on  the clear opportunities in the first 45 minutes of the final.

Jul 7, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; United States midfielder Michael Bradley (4) talks with head coach Gregg Berhalter against Mexico during the first half in the championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

In the second half, the subing  Jozy Altidore was one of the worst decisions made by USA coaching staff. The lack of experience in coaching games like this  by Team USA head coach; cost him the championship.

The 2019 Gold Cup Finals,  I had to watch it from Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, where I realized that the Mexican press is more yellow than dengue. They criticized the Guatemalan referee and the absence of caution cards during the match.

Jul 7, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Mexico midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos (6) separates midfielder Andres Guardado (18) from United States midfielder Weston Mckennie (8) as midfielder Michael Bradley (4) looks on in the second half championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

In games like this, if the center referee starts giving cards from the initial whistle to every single foul made by players; it ruins the show. Mario Alberto Escobar, central referee of the Gold Cup final, did an excellent job.

Jul 7, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Mexico midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos (6) touches the gold cup after defeating the United States in the championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

In conclusion, Mexico must win all the Gold Cups, is a senior in this contest, and is who has a larger league that contributes to their national team.

 

The United States should get out of that metamorphosis and start developing players that can compete at the national level. It lacks an attack and recovery midfielder, lacks of  forwards that can finish score opportunities, and needs to stop depending on the Wonder Boy; Christian Pulisic.

Jul 7, 2019; Chicago, IL, USA; Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa (13) celebrates with the golden glove award after defeating the United States in the championship match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Congratulations to Memo Ochoa for being the best goalkeeper, Weston McKennie for taking the Fair Play Award, Christian Pulisic with the rookie of the tournament, and Raúl Jiménez with Golden Booth.

 

To Tata Martino, you better enjoy winning 2019 Gold Cup; the honeymoon is over. when Mexico  goes to the Confederations Cup soon, the Mexican press will start asking for his head.

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