Christian Pulisic, Matt Miazga and the rest of the United States men’s national team fell at the final hurdle in their quest to retain the CONCACAF Gold Cup for their country.

The United States were one of this year’s hosts of the biennial tournament for nations from North America, Central America and the Caribbean and the final was held at Chicago’s Soldier Field but they were defeated 1-0 by Mexico.Pulisic and Miazga both started the match in a side unchanged from their 3-1 win over Jamaica in the semi-final, a match in which Pulisic scored twice. He was to have no such joy against a Mexico side which had won this competition seven times previously although the 20-year-old did have a shot well saved within the first 10 minutes.He had another attempt caught shortly before the end of a goalless first half in which Miazga, who finished last season on loan at Reading, and his fellow USA defenders had been largely untroubled as they sought a seventh Gold Cup triumph for their nation.However after the break Mexico took control while the States’ attacking threat faded. Miazga made an important intervention to prevent a goal midway through the second half but the Mexicans scored the only goal of the game not long after.Jonathan dos Santos, who plays his club football in the MLS at LA Galaxy, was the scorer and although the United States pushed forward in an attempt to salvage the game, Mexico who were already the most successful side in the Gold Cup’s history were able to lift the trophy for an eighth time.Pulisic was awarded the Gold Cup's Young Player of the Tournament award. He will now join up with the Chelsea squad to prepare for our 2019/20 campaign.

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