Mexico players (pictured) celebrate after defeating the USA in the 2013 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship final. (Photo: Mexsport)
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – The rivalry between Mexico and the United States continues on Monday, when they meet in the opening match of the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship qualification stage at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.
They have met nine previous times in the competition, with Mexico holding an 8-1 advantage in wins.
Mexico v USA
All-Time CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Results
1976 - Mexico 7, USA 1 (Second Round)
1980 - Mexico 2, USA 0 (Final)
1984 - Mexico 1, USA 0 (Semifinals)
1986 - Mexico 0, USA 3 (First Round)
1988 - Mexico 2, USA 1 (Final Group)
1990 - USA 1, Mexico 3 (Final Group)
1992 - Mexico 3, USA 0 (Final Group)
1996 - Mexico 2, USA 1 (Final Group)
2013 - USA 1, Mexico 3 aet (Final)
They last squared in the 2013 final, a 3-1 win after extra time for host Mexico at the Estadio Cuauhtemoc in Puebla.
In order to get reacquainted with the series, here’s the article that appeared on CONCACAF.com following that match … you’ll see some very familiar names:
Mexico edges U.S. for 12th U-20 title
PUEBLA, México -- Regional powers Mexico and the United States provided a new classic to add to their growing rivalry, this time in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship Grand Final that lived up to its billing, with the host eventually taking the honors after a 3-1 win after extra time.
A wide open game saw some early approaches by the visiting team, but it was host Mexico that opened the scoring on its first foray into the American area in just the 4th minute. El Tri livewire attacker Jesus Corona made his way past two defenders and chipped a clever shot past goalkeeper Cody Cropper for the early lead.
Corona was at it again just minutes later, but a brilliant diving save by Cropper prevented the Monterrey star from doubling the lead.
Shortly afterwards, the U.S. was nearly on the board as a Daniel Garcia shot from inside the area had to be cleared off the line.
The Mexican goal wouldn’t be safe for long, though, as a ninth minute shot from Benjamin Joya found the arm of sliding Mexican defender Hedgardo Marin, who was whistled for a penalty infraction. Joya stepped up and coolly slotted the penalty kick past Mexican goalkeeper Richard Sanchez, breaching the Mexico net for the first time in the tournament and tying the score just ten minutes in.
Both sides would provide ample offensive impetus for the remainder of the first and into the second, but it would take until extra time for the score to be settled in favor of the home team.
With the Americans clearly tiring in the 99th minute, second-half substitute and 2011 Under-17 World Cup hero Julio Gomez would do the honors for Mexico, netting from spectacular volley off a corner kick that gave the Mexicans the lead for good.
In the second added period, a Jorge Espericueta penalty kick seven minutes from time provided the final, 3-1 difference.
With the win, Mexico adds its record 12th CONCACAF U-20 title, while the U.S. is still in search of its first. Both teams, along with El Salvador and Cuba, have qualified for the 2013 FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Turkey.