Recapping Mexico’s thrilling CONCACAF Cup win

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

Photo by Will Lester // Daily Bulletin

When Bobby Wood snuck behind the Mexican defense and slotted the equalizing goal against Mexico into the back of the net in the 108th minute on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl, the United States men’s national team was thinking penalty kicks to decide the winner of the CONCACAF Cup.

Paul Aguilar changed that.

The Mexican defender one-touched a volley home in the 118th minute against the United States to give Mexico a thrilling 3-2 win and the right to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup in 2017 in Russia.

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USA-Mexico rivalry returns to LA for first time since 2011

Photo by Will Lester / Daily Bulletin

Photo by Will Lester / Daily Bulletin

There’s a huge soccer game on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. You may have heard.

Saturday is the first time the two CONCACAF rivals will face off in the Rose Bowl since 2011, when Mexico won the 2011 Gold Cup final in front a largely pro-Mexico crowd. But considering the Los Angeles area’s demographic makeup, it’s natural that the CONCACAF rivalry has a long history in the region.

Here’s a look at the L.A. sports venues that have hosted a game in the United States-Mexico rivalry.

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Univision and Fox plan saturation TV coverage of U.S.-Mexico game Saturday from Rose Bowl

The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena.    (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

If you’re not going to the big U.S.-Mexico game Saturday in Pasadena, read up on what you can expect to see from the comfort of your armchair on television here.

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Weekly 100 Percent Soccer Column: American soccer fans expect the national team to do its duty Saturday in Pasadena against Mexico — or face the consequences

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena.    (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

United States fans show their disappoint as the U.S. falls to Mexico 4-2 Saturday. The United States and Mexico play during the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final Saturday evening June 25, 2011 at the sold out Rose Bowl in Pasadena. (Will Lester/Staff Photographer)

Don’t look now, but if the U.S. doesn’t beat Mexico at home in Pasadena Saturday that should spell big trouble for a U.S. national team coach facing a big rebuilding job as an era comes to an end.

Read more in this week’s 100 Percent Soccer column (link is fixed).

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Rosters set for Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup

gyaszpanamaWith exactly one week left until Mexico and the United States face off at the Rose Bowl for a spot in the Confederations Cup, both federations have finalized their rosters for the Oct. 10 matchup.

The rosters were announced Saturday, and two Galaxy players were included, with Gyasi Zardes getting the call for the United States and Giovani dos Santos making the cut for Mexico. 

Omar Gonzalez, a veteran with the U.S. men’s national team with World Cup experience, was left off the roster by Jurgen Klinsmann.

Hit the jump for full rosters for both teams:

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Giovani dos Santos on call to Mexican national team: ‘I think I deserve my call’

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Giovani dos Santos spoke to the media Friday, one day after being named to the Mexican national team for the CONCACAF Cup. The 26-year-old had been a constant fixture with the national team before September, when he was not called up for El Tri’s international friendlies.

“I’m happy to be called into the game for the national team,” dos Santos said. “It’s always a dream come true so I’m looking forward to being there with the national team.”

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Giovani dos Santos called up to Mexican national team for CONCACAF Cup match

dossantosLA Galaxy forward Giovani dos Santos was named to the Mexican national team roster on Thursday for Oct. 10’s CONCACAF Cup match between Mexico and the United States.

 

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Mexico headlines 2016 Olympic Qualifying this weekend at StubHub Center

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Women’s soccer is more important to the Olympics than men’s soccer with the tournament devoted to U-23 teams, most world powers all but ignore it in favor of the World Cup and media coverage is at best subdued.

While the U.S. anonymously opens its campaign against Canada tonight on a minor TV channel in the Midwest, El Tri will take center stage in the nation”s largest Latino market, Southern California for the next 10 days, a span that will also include the massive Confederations Cup playoff in Pasadena.

For more, read this week’s 100 Percent Soccer Column here.

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Giovani dos Santos on possibly playing in US vs. Mexico game: ‘It’s always a dream come true.’

Galaxy's Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders' keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Giovani dos Santos gets the ball past Sounders’ keeper Stefan Frei (24) for a goal in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center Sunday, August 09, 2015, Carson, CA.. The Galaxy won 3-1 and was the debut MLS game for Mexican star player Giovani dos Santos.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. Seattle SoundersPhoto by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

In less than a week, the United States and Mexico will trim down their provisional rosters for the Oct. 10 showdown between the two federations at the Rose Bowl. After he was left off the team for two international friendlies earlier in the month, dos Santos is hopeful he can make the cut when rosters are trimmed Oct. 1.

“For me, it’s always a dream come true going to the national team,” dos Santos said Thursday after training with the LA Galaxy. “It’s only a pre list so hopefully I can be on the final list.” Continue reading

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