At the last CONCACAF Gold Cup, held in 2013, the Mexico national football team had missed out on a spot in the championship match for the first time in eight years. The United States ended up winning the title, beating Panama in the final while Mexico settled for a third place finish. In the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, though, it was clear from the get-go that the Mexican soccer squad wasn't going to settle at all. And now it is official Mexico win CONCACAF Gold Cup 2015! Keep reading to find out how they got to the podium.
Coming into this year's tournament, the Mexican national team had won a record six CONCACAF Gold Cups. The USA were looking to tie that record, having won their fifth in 2013. In other words, the race was on.
Ultimately, the wearers of the Mexico football kit 2015 2016 were the ones who prevailed. The United States won their group stage and flattened Cuba 6-0 in the quarterfinals, but lost 1-2 to Jamaica in the semifinals. Mexico's Tri-Color beat Jamaica 3-1 in the championship match to clinch the tournament and secure a record seventh CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Mexico's Journey through the Tournament
Interestingly, at the start of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup back at the beginning of July, Mexico looked downright weak. While the United States and Jamaica won Groups A and B, respectively-each with an undefeated record of two wins and one loss-Mexico didn't win their group, Group C, at all.
On the contrary, the Tri-Color only won a single match in Group C, and while it was a big victory (a 6-0 win over Cuba), a scoreless draw against Guatemala in game two, and a 4-4 tie with Trinidad and Tobago in game three put Mexico at second place, behind Trinidad. Furthermore, the Tri-Color only avoided a loss in the Trinidad match because of a last-minute own goal from Tobago striker Kenwyne Jones.
Things didn't become much easier for the Tri-Color in the knockout stages. In the quarterfinals, they donned the Mexico home jersey 2015 2016 for a fiercely competitive match against Costa Rica. Indeed, the game nearly came down to a penalty kick shootout, with the score remaining tied at 0-0 throughout regulation time and most of extra time. A goal from midfielder Andres Guardado at the 120+4 minute mark earned the Mexican side a spot in the semis.
Mexico snatched victory from the jaws of defeat once again in a semifinal match against Panama. The Panama national football team scored first, with a 57-minute goal from defender Roman Torres putting the Tri-Color in a tough spot. Miraculously, Guardado rescued Mexico's chances once again, scoring a penalty goal at 90+10 to send the game into extra time. A second penalty goal from Guardado at 105+1 gave Mexico another against-all-odds victory.
By the time the Mexican national soccer squad finally reached the championship match for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup, they'd already faced down so many surprising challenges that Jamaica were an easy opponent in comparison.
Indeed, other than the group stage win over Cuba, the final against Jamaica was the first time during the 2015 Gold Cup that the Tri-Color truly looked in control. Guardado again led the way once more, scoring the first goal of the match at the 31-minute mark. Two additional goals in the second half (one by forward Jesus Corona and the other from striker Oribe Peralta) gave Mexico a 3-0 lead, and while Jamaica did manage to get on the board eventually (78 minutes into the match, with a score from Darren Mattocks), the Mexican side still won the match easily.
The victory reaffirms Mexico as the dominant soccer nation in the CONCACAF division. While the Tri-Color were anything but dominant throughout the 2015 tournament, they held on, kept playing hard, and never gave up. The resulting tournament performance, while not always pretty, was impressive at showing up Mexico's football talents-particularly Andres Guardado, who deservedly won the Golden Ball award for the competition.
Celebrate the Tri-Color's big Gold Cup victory today, with a new Mexico jersey 2015 2016 from Soccer Box.