The United States Men’s soccer team are the winners of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup for the 7th time in the history of the tournament. The American soccer players won this year’s edition of the tournament by defeating their continental rivals, Mexico 1-0.
The United States Men’s soccer team successfully dragged the Mexican team from the regular time to the extra time before Atlanta United defender Miles Robinson scored the winning goal in the 118th minute via a header.
Robinson connected perfectly with the deep free-kick his teammate Kellyn Acosta delivered into the 18-yard box to score the heartbreaking goal.
Robinson’s Gold Cup-winning goal at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Sunday is the player’s third international goal and it was all the United States Men’s soccer team needed to win their second trophy in two months.
Recall that the men’s soccer team beat the same Mexican team in the final of the Concacaf Nations League on June 6. In the Nations League, the United States Men’s soccer team had full squad strength but this time around, the country’s head coach, Gregg Berhalter had to depend on mostly second fiddle players to execute the Gold Cup.
Coach Berhalter tried to keep hold of his best legs ahead of the tournament but he couldn’t. Most of the European-based players had to return to their various clubs for pre-season ahead of the 2021-2022 season.
It got so difficult for the coach that he had to rely on 19 players from Major League Soccer clubs while the remaining four players out of the 23-man squad are from clubs outside the United States.
Yet the absence of superstar players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Gio Reyna did not stop the United States Men’s soccer team from winning the Gold Cup.
The team was so good throughout the tournament that the team’s first-choice goalkeeper, Matt Turner, did not concede any goal. His teammates ensured that they score a goal in every one of the five games they played in the tournament.
In the Gold Cup final on Sunday, the United States Men’s soccer team recorded just 36% of the ball possession while Mexico had 64%. They both had 5 shots on target apiece but only one of the shots on target made all the difference.
The goalscorer in the Gold Cup final, Robinson described Kellyn’s delivery into the 18-yard box as a perfect ball which he had to finish.
“I don’t know really what happened – some crazy emotions but I’m happy we got the W,” said Robinson.
“We were focusing a lot on set pieces. I knew if I could get open, I could finish one, and Kellyn [Acosta] put a perfect ball in so I had to finish it.”
The last time the United States Men’s soccer team won the Concacaf Gold Cup was in 2017. The team is second to Mexico (8 Gold Cup) in terms of the number of Gold Cup won so far in the history of the tournament.