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USWNT loses to Mexico in stunning CONCACAF Gold Cup

USWNT loses to Mexico in stunning CONCACAF Gold Cup

History was made Monday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, but not the kind that happened US Women's National Team You will want to celebrate.

But for Mexico, it was a momentous result that would send shockwaves throughout the football world.

The USWNT lost for only the second time in 43 matches with Mexico, falling 2-0 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage match. In addition, the defeat was CONMEBOL's first at home to a CONCACAF opponent since 2000, breaking an 80-match unbeaten streak (78 wins, 2 draws). The last time Mexico defeated the USWNT It was November 2010 During CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.

Mexican Lizbeth Uvalle scored The first goal in the 38th minute. American defender Becky Sauerbrunn's attempt to clear the ball bounced off Oval, who recovered the ball, rounded goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher and slotted the ball into the net. Offaly's goal was the first the USWNT had conceded against a CONCACAF opponent in 33 matches.

Trinity Rodman missed the opportunity to equalize for the United States in the 89th minute, but her shot went wide of the far post.

Just moments later, Mexico achieved its historic victory when Mayra Pelayo added the game-clinching goal in the second minute of stoppage time with a stunning shot from long range.

“Not only CONCACAF, but the whole world continues to raise its level. It helps all the leagues around the world, and Mexico is definitely a product of that with its league,” West of England Union striker Alex Morgan said after the loss. He added, “CONCACAF is no longer what it was 14 years ago when we last lost to Mexico.”

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It was the USWNT's first loss under interim coach Twyla Kilgore, who took over after the team's disappointing performance last summer. world Cup. Emma Hayes will take over at Kilgore later this spring.

With this victory, Mexico – which did not qualify for the 2023 World Cup – tops Group A, while the United States ranks second. Going into Monday night's match, both teams had already secured qualification to the quarterfinals of the first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The USWNT had outscored their opponents 9-0 in their previous two W Gold Cup matches, defeating the Dominican Republic 5-0 and Argentina 4-0 to secure their place in the next round of the tournament.