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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31260552 2011 Gold Cup final 2011+Gold+Cup+final World

After the USA had an extended spell of good fortune in the Gold Cup, their last two appearances in the final against Mexico have been far from pretty. After Mexico clobbered USA 5-0 in 2009, the US lost again in 2011 4-2, but this match will be remembered much for for a rare outburst of innapropriate behavior from US keeper Tim Howard. Howard took exception to the fact that the award ceremony was held in all Spanish, despite being played at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, and went on an expletive laden tirade, berating CONCACAF for their choice of language.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259054 2002 FIFA World Cup, round of 16 2002+FIFA+World+Cup%2C+round+of+16 World

The United States and Mexico had met plenty of times before, but quite possibly never on a stage as big as this. In the 2002 FIFA World Cup, the two sides met in the round of 16 knockout stage. Brian McBride set the tone ealry with an 8' goal, and a young Landon Donovan sealed the deal with a goal of his own in the 65th minute. The USA advanced to the quarterfinals, the furthest they have ever advanced in the World Cup.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259053 1991 CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinal 1991+CONCACAF+Gold+Cup+Semifinal+ World

In the inaugural CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in 1991, Eric Wynalda's USA team took on a troubled Mexico side that had been banned from the previous years World Cup for fielding over-age players. The result on the field of the LA Coliseum reflected the state of the two programs, as USA shut out Mexico 2-0, and advanced to the final where they eventually defeated Honduras for the Gold Cup title.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259050 1995 Copa America Quarterfinal 1995+Copa+America+Quarterfinal World

In a1995 Copa America quaterfinal, USA and Mexico played a tense scoreless match that would eventually end in penalty kicks. Wynalda and the US team would conect on their first four PKs, and Mexico would only go on to make one shot as USA would win the shootout 4-1 and move on to the semifinals.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259049 1999 Confederations Cup, Semifinal 1999+Confederations+Cup%2C+Semifinal+ World

At the 1999 Confederation Cup, there was more USA-Mexico which means more drama as well. In the semifinal match in front of 91,000 screaming fans at the mighty Azteca stadium, USA and Mexico played another scoreless 90, which meant the match would be decided by way of the golden goal. The winning goal was provided by Mexico's Cuauhtémoc Blanco in the 93', which propelled Mexico to the final match against Brazil and eventually the 1999 Confederation Cup title.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259052 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final 2007+CONCACAF+Gold+Cup+final World

In 2007, the US met Mexico again in the Gold Cup final. USA came into the 2007 tournament having won two of the last three Gold Cups (Mexico won the third), and as the defending champs. Mexico took the lead in the first half, but the US scored two quick goals in dramatic fashion in the 2nd half and went on to win the match 2-1, claiming their third gold cup in four appearances.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259048 1998 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final 1998+CONCACAF+Gold+Cup+Final World

The 1998 Gold Cup featured an expanded format in which 10 teams qualify for the tournament. Despite the expanded competition, we saw another USA-Mexico final and for the third straight tournament, Mexico took home the Gold Cup title. They were able to hold off the US, 1-0, thanks to a goal from Luis Hernandez and a pro-Mexico crowd of 91,000 at the LA Coliseum.

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World 2018 43 Greatest USA vs. Mexico matches of all-time 31259051 1993 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final 1993+CONCACAF+Gold+Cup+Final World

In 1993, Mexico exacted their revenge on the defending champion US squad. After being knocked out in the semis of the 1991 tournament by the US, Mexico left no doubt that Mexican soccer was back after they routed the USA 4-0 in the final in front of a hostile Azteca crowd of 120,000.

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