- The Washington Times - Monday, July 27, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. | Finally, Mexico has a win against the Americans on U.S. soil.

The charmed run by the young hosts in the Gold Cup ended in a crushing defeat.

Mexico snapped a decade drought against the Americans in the United States on Sunday with a 5-0 rout for its fifth CONCACAF regional championship. Captain Gerardo Torrado scored on a penalty kick in the 56th minute, then the inexperienced U.S. squad came unglued.

As an overwhelmingly pro-Mexico sellout crowd of 79,156 rocked Giants Stadium, Giovani Dos Santos and Carlos Vela scored five minutes apart despite several brilliant saves by Troy Perkins. The goalkeeper seemed to be the only American on the field during the 11-minute blitz in which Mexico’s attackers could have sprinted all the way back to Azteca Stadium without being touched.

Jose Antonio Castro and Guillermo Franco put the finishing touches on Mexico’s first win in the United States since March 1999. Castro scored off a through pass from Vela, a substitute who energized Mexico when he entered the game after halftime.

The United States, fielding an inexperienced squad after the top team finished second in the Confederations Cup last month, could not maintain its dominance of its continental rival. Mexico was 0-9-2 at the United States since its last win and fell 2-0 in February in a World Cup qualifier. The nations meet again Aug. 12 in Mexico City, but then the full American roster will be on hand, along with several of the players who carried El Tri to this Gold Cup crown.

But that is another story. For now, after a 10-year wait, there was sweet victory in style.

At the final whistle, the green-clad Mexican players stormed the field in jubilation, mobbing Dos Santos, who was voted the game’s MVP. Then they saluted the crowd that made the Meadowlands sound like Mexico City, making a tour of the pitch with the trophy in hand.

For the Americans, it was a return to reality. After Bob Bradley coached them to a runner-up finish in the Confederations Cup in South Africa, he gave most of the players a pass for the Gold Cup.

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