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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United States wins first match of Olympic Qualifying Tournament

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 15:  Jordan Morris #8 of the United States advances the ball against Mexico during an international friendly match at the Alamodome on April 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 15: Jordan Morris #8 of the United States advances the ball against Mexico during an international friendly match at the Alamodome on April 15, 2015 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Chris Covatta/Getty Images)

The U.S. under-23 men’s national team won its first game in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament on Thursday, beating Canada 3-1 in Kansas City.

A brace from Stanford’s 20-year-old star Jordan Morris sent the United States to the top of Group A. Morris scored in the first minute and the 73rd minute while Luis Gil tacked on a penalty goal in extra time.

Canada got its lone goal in the 80th minute.

Cuba and Panama, the other two team in Group A, played to a 1-1 draw on Thursday.

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Injury forces Mexico captain Andres Guardado to miss game against U.S. Oct. 9 at Rose Bowl

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El Tri suffered a bitter blow today when Dutch club PSV Eindhoven announced that Gold Cup MVP and top scorer Andres Guardado will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI showed damage to his ankle suffered in the UEFA Champions League game last week against Manchester United.

That means the inspirational 28-year-old midfielder will miss at least the next four four weeks keeping him out of the hotly-anticipated Confederations Cup playoff game Oct. 10 at the Rose Bowl that is arguably the biggest contest between the regional powers since the 2002 World Cup.

Here’s the full announcement in English from the club’s website.

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