Mexico rallies to beat US 4-2 in Gold Cup final

June 25, 2011 - 11:30 PM
Gold Cup Soccer

Mexico's Pablo Barrera, left, and Giovani Dos Santos celebrate after Barrera scored against United States during the second half of the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer final game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., Saturday, June 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Pablo Barrera scored two goals and Mexico rallied to beat the United States 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

Andres Guardado and Giovani Dos Santos also scored for Mexico, which has won two consecutive Gold Cup titles and six overall. The victory qualifies Mexico for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, a preview of the 2014 World Cup.

Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan scored to help the United States build a 2-0 lead. Donovan became the Gold Cup's all-time leading scorer with 13 goals.

Barrera put Mexico ahead to stay in the 50th minute, slipping a 10-yard shot underneath the right hand of diving goalkeeper Tim Howard and inside the left post.