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- The U.S. has a 15-31-11 all-time record against Mexico in 57 meetings; however, since 2000 the U.S. has a 10-4-2 advantage in the series.
- At home, the U.S. has a 13-7-9 record including a 9-1-2 mark since 2000. The 2009 loss in the Gold Cup final was the first defeat in the last 12 meetings in the U.S. spanning a decade.
- The U.S. and Mexico have met 13 times in Southern California, with the U.S. holding a 3-5-5 record. One of those meetings was in San Diego, three have been in Pasadena (1-1-1 record), one was at Wrigley Field and eight were at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
- The last meeting between the U.S. and Mexico in the Los Angeles area was a 2-0 win for the U.S. on Oct. 25, 2000. Landon Donovan made his first international appearance and scored a goal after coming on as a sub for an injured Chris Henderson.
- The biggest meeting in series history was a 2-0 victory for the U.S. in the Round of 16 at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea on June 17, 2002. Brian McBride and Donovan scored in that match.
- Saturday will be the sixth meeting between the U.S. and Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, with Mexico leading the series 3-2-0.
- This will be the fifth time the teams meet in the Gold Cup Final, with Mexico winning three of four meetings.
- Mexico defeated the U.S. in the final in 1993, 1998 and 2009. The U.S. won the 2007 meeting.
- The U.S. and Mexico have played a Southern California Gold Cup final twice, with the U.S. winning the first encounter 2-0 in 1991 and losing the second 1-0 in 1998. Both meetings came in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
- Landon Donovan scored a penalty kick against Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup final.
2007 GOLD CUP FINAL – June 24, 2007 – Soldier Field – Chicago, Ill.
USA 2, Mexico 1. Scoring: MEX-Andres Guardado, 43; USA-Landon Donovan, 61; Benny Feilhaber, 73.
USA: Howard; Spector (Simek, 72), Onyewu, Bocanegra (capt.), Bornstein; Dempsey (Twellman, 69), Feilhaber, Mastroeni (Clark, 46), Beasley; Ching, Donovan
The U.S. Men’s National Team delivered a sterling, come-from-behind 2-1 masterpiece to claim their fourth all-time CONCACAF Gold Cup championship. Despite a 1-0 halftime deficit, a confident and powerful U.S. team dominated Mexico in the second half, behind goals from Landon Donovan and Benny Feilhaber, while also twice hitting the post. Mexico drew first blood in the 44th minute, sending the Americans down at the half. Brian Ching created a penalty opportunity in the 62nd minute when he was clipped by a Mexican defender in the area. Donovan converted his fourth penalty of the tournament to tie the game. With the goal, Donovan earned a share of the USA’s all-time goal scoring lead along with Eric Wynalda, and also tied Luis Robert Alves of Mexico for the most career goals in the Gold Cup (12). In the 73rd minute, Benny Feilhaber unleashed a one-time, full-volley blast that rocketed past goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez to give the U.S. a lead they would not surrender. In addition to laying claim to their third regional crown since 2002, the victory in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup paves the way for the USA’s invaluable participation in the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
2009 GOLD CUP FINAL – July 26, 2009 – Giants Stadium – East Rutherford, N.J.
USA 0, Mexico 5. Scoring: MEX-Gerardo Torrado, 57 (pk); MEX-Giovani Dos Santos, 64; MEX-Carlos Vela, 70; MEX-Israel Castro, 79; MEX-Guillermo Franco, 90
USA: Perkins; Heaps, Marshall, Goodson, Pearce; Holden, Pause (Quaranta, 64) Beckerman (Cronin, 81), Rogers; Ching (capt.), Arnaud (Cooper, 64)
After marching through the tournament with a group that had only gathered a few days before the tournament and averaged only eight caps, the U.S. team reached its third consecutive Gold Cup final. During the tournament, the U.S. saw seven players earn their first cap and six players score their first goal in a U.S. jersey. Playing their 13th game in 54 days, the U.S. had the better of play in the first half against Mexico, but in the 55th minute Jamaican referee Courtney Campbell awarded Mexico a penalty kick that shifted the momentum. After Gerardo Torrado’s conversion, the U.S. pushed forward in hopes of the equalizer and Mexico was able to capitalize with four more goals for a 5-0 victory.