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USA vs. Mexico, CONCACAF Cup 2015 recap: Paul Aguilar wins it late

In the 118th minute Paul Aguilar sent Mexico to the 2017 Russia Confederations Cup. His brilliant goal late in extra time broke a 2-2 deadlock.

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Tied at 1-1 entering the two 15-minute halves of extra time, the match finally became interesting. In those short, tense minutes Oribe Peralta opened the scoring after just eight added minutes. DeAndre Yedlin, a late sub, slipped a ball to sub Bobby Wood in the 108th minute. And then, a set-piece for Mexico ended the American's night. That 3-2 result means that the first ever CONCACAF Cup goes to Mexico

The United States needed a set-piece goal to make the first 90 minutes result interesting. That Geoff Cameron goal in the 15th minue leveled the match at 1-1. That scoreline was a lie. Mexico looked better than the US for the majority of the game. Javier Hernandez opened the scoring in the 10th minute.

From minute fifteen until the end of regulation the US was sluggish and needed energy. Jurgen Klinsmann waited until the 78th minute to add former Sounder DeAndre Yedlin's energy. Yedlin made a few quality defensive plays early, it wasn't until extra time when he was truly magical.

Klinsmann's second (Wood) and third (Brad Evans) substitutes were both in the overtime. The match opened up when the USA needed a goal or knew they would be a failure. That energy came, but it was not enough.

Now Mexico is clearly the better team in CONCACAF. The United States will start World Cup Qualifying on November 13th against St. Vincent and the Grenadines, a match which should feature Sounders on both sides of the contest.

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