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Days after helping Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League, USMNT star Christian Pulisic helped his national team defeat Mexico 3-2 in the CONCACAF Nations League Final, leading them to unveil the trophy.
FC Porto striker Jesús Corona scored that put Mexico ahead in the first minute and provided the United States with the worst possible start before 18-year-old Borussia prodigy Dortmund Giovanni Reina equalized in the 27th minute. Seconds after coming on as a substitute, young Real Betis player Diego Laines scored a goal to restore Mexico’s lead in the 79th minute, but Juventus midfielder Weston McKenny tied the score for USMNT again at 82 additional time. Team captain Christian “Captain America” Pulisic came on 114 minutes to score a penalty that he won and put his team forward for the first time in the game. Mexican veteran midfielder Andrés Guardado missed a penalty kick in stoppage time at the end of extra time as goalkeeper Ethan Horvath saved his penalty, ensuring the United States became the CONCACAF Nations League champions.
The title was the first to be won by the United States since its 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup triumph. The title win will be savored by the young USMNT team led by coach Gregg Berhalter as they lost to bitter rivals Mexico on their way to winning the championship. trophy.
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