It took more than 90 minutes to decide who would represent CONCACAF at the 2017 Confederations Cup. In a game worthy of the big stage, the USMNT came back in regulation and in extra time, but it was Mexico finding a late winner. The 2015 Gold Cup champions win the first CONCACAF Cup and advance to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.
It was Mexico delighting the majority of the 93,723 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California when Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez opened the scoring in the 10th minute. Chicharito took advantage of a clever pass from Osvaldo Peralta for the goal. The USMNT equalized five minutes later when DaMarcus Beasley earned a free kick that Michael Bradley sent into the box. Geoff Cameron connected with his head to level the score. That 1-1 score line held through regulation.
Paul Aguilar setup Mexico's go ahead goal in the 96th minute, finding Osvaldo Peralta in the box. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann only used one of his substitutions in regulation, bringing on DeAndre Yedlin in the 78th minute. Klinsmann subbed on Bobby Wood for Jozy Altidore in the 102nd. Yedlin assisted on Wood's equalizer in the 109th minute. Klinsmann used his final sub in the 11th to bring on Brad Evans.
With the game heading toward penalties, Paul Aguilar found space and the back of the net scoring Mexico's winner in the 118th minute.
The USMNT returns to action on Tuesday to finish out the October international window with a friendly against Costa Rica at Red Bull Arena (6:30pm ET - ESPN). Mexico also has a friendly on the schedule, playing Panama at Toluca's Estadio Nemesio Diez in a rare friendly played in Mexico.
-- GAME REPORT --
Match: U.S. Men's National Team vs. Mexico
Date: Oct. 10, 2015
Competition: 2015 CONCACAF Cup
Venue: Rose Bowl Stadium; Pasadena, Calif.
Kickoff: 6:30 p.m. PT
Weather: 91 degrees; Partly cloudy
Scoring Summary: 1 2 1ET 2ET F
USA 1 0 0 1 2
MEX 1 0 1 1 3
MEX - Javier Hernández (Oribe Peralta) 10th minute
USA - Geoff Cameron (Michael Bradley) 15
MEX - Oribe Peralta (Paul Aguilar) 96
USA - Bobby Wood (DeAndre Yedlin) 108
MEX - Paul Aguilar (Raul Jimenez) 118
USA: 1-Brad Guzan; 23-Fabian Johnson (3-Brad Evans,111), 20-Geoff Cameron, 5-Matt Besler, 7-DaMarcus Beasley; 15-Kyler Beckerman, 13-Jermaine Jones, 4-Michael Bradley (capt.), 9- Gyasi Zardes (2-DeAndre Yedlin, 78); 8-Clint Dempsey, 17-Jozy Altidore (11-Bobby Wood, 98)
Subs Not Used: 6-Tim Ream, 10-Danny Williams, 12-Tim Howard, 14-Ventura Alvarado, 16-Michael Orozco, 18-Chris Wondolowski, 19-Graham Zusi, 21-Jonathan Spector , 22-Nick Rimando
Head Coach: Jurgen Klinsmann
MEX : 12-Moises Muñoz; 22-Paul Aguilar, 15-Hector Moreno, 5-Diego Reyes, 7-Miguel Layun; 18-Andres Guardado (17-Javier Guemez, 80), 4-Rafa Marquez (capt.) (3-Arturo Rivas, 76) 16-Hector Herrera; 9-Raul Jimenez, 14-Javier Hernandez (10-Jesus Corona, 97), 19-Oribe Peralta
Subs Not Used: 1-Alfredo Talavera, 2-Israel Jimenez, 6-Jorge Torres Nilo, 8-Jonathan Dos Santos, 11-Carlos Vela, 20-Javier Aquino, 21-Carlos Esquivel, 23-Elias Hernandez
Head Coach: Ricardo Ferretti
Statistical Summary: USA / MEX
Shots: 13 / 20
Shots on Goal: 5 / 10
Saves: 7 / 3
Corner Kicks: 1 / 6
Fouls: 14 / 17
Offside: 2 / 4
MEX - Paul Aguilar (caution) 21st minute
MEX - Oribe Peralta (caution) 35
MEX - Hector Moreno (caution) 43
USA - Kyle Beckerman (caution) 52
USA - Michael Bradley (caution) 87
MEX - Javier Guemez (caution) 95
Referee: Joel Aguilar (SLV)
Assistant Referee 1: Juan Zumba (SLV)
Assistant Referee 2: Leonel Leal (CRC)
Fourth Official: Marlin Mejia (SLV)