Mexico beats USWNT in Concacaf W Gold Cup

Monday night at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, marked a historic event, albeit not one the U.S. women’s national team will cherish. Mexico achieved a significant victory, defeating the USWNT 2-0 in the Concacaf W Gold Cup group stage, marking the USWNT’s second loss to Mexico in 43 matchups and their first home loss against a Concacaf opponent since 2000, breaking an 80-game unbeaten streak. Lizbeth Ovalle scored Mexico’s opening goal in the 38th minute, the first goal conceded by the USWNT to a Concacaf opponent in 33 matches. Trinity Rodman had a chance to equalize in the 89th minute, but her shot went wide, and Mexico secured their historic win with Mayra Pelayo’s goal in stoppage time. USWNT forward Alex Morgan acknowledged the rising level of competition globally and in Concacaf, crediting Mexico’s league for their improvement. This loss marked the first for the USWNT under interim coach Twila Kilgore, who took over after a disappointing World Cup performance. Mexico’s victory secured them the top spot in Group A, while the US finished second. Despite their previous dominant performances, the USWNT had to settle for second place after defeating the Dominican Republic 5-0 and Argentina 4-0 in the earlier W Gold Cup matches.

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