US Beats Mexico in Gold Cup

Americans rally to make it eight straight at home against southern neighbors
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Jun 25, 2007 4:30 AM CDT
USA's Landon Donovan, left, celebrates with DaMarcus Beasley after scoring a penalty kick against Mexico during the second half of the Gold Cup Soccer game, Sunday, June 24, 2007, in Chicago. USA won...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Two second-half goals, including a milestone for striker Landon Donovan, lifted the US over Mexico for its fourth straight CONCACAF Gold Cup, the soccer championship for North and Central America. Donovan's 60th-minute penalty shot gave him 34 career goals for the home team, tying Eric Wynalda's record. The teams did not shake hands after the match.

Mexico is now 1-9-2 against the US for the decade, and 0-8 on hostile territory. The team had stolen the Americans' trademark early-game aggressiveness, forcing them to come from behind for the first time in the tournament, but for naught, as the Americans held on late against a barrage to keep coach Bob Bradley undefeated since replacing Bruce Arenas.