U.S., Mexico Advance to Gold Cup Championship Match

Posted June 23rd, 2011 at 3:30 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S and Mexican mens's soccer teams will face each other in the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship match, after winning their respective semifinal matches Thursday at Houston's Reliant Stadium.

The U.S. edged Panama 1-0,with Clint Dempsey scoring in the 76th minute on a pass from teammate Landon Donovan. Freddy Adu set up the winning goal with a long pass to Donovan. The win avenged the Americans' shocking 2-1 loss to Panama in the group stage.

Mexico needed extra time goals from Aldo de Nigris and Javier Hernandez in its 2-0 shutout win over Honduras in front of an overwhelmingly pro-Mexican crowd. Hernandez has scored seven goals in five games during the tournament.

The Gold Cup championship match will be held Saturday at the legendary Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. It will be the third consecutive Gold Cup finals match between the two sides — the U.S. won the first meeting in 2007, while Mexico routed the Americans 5-0 in the 2009 rematch.

Both teams have dominated the tournament since it was inaugurated in 1991, with Mexico holding five Gold Cups to the U.S.'s four.