Mexico defeated the United States 1-0 to win the CONCACAF Gold Cup for a record eighth time at Soldier Field on Sunday.
Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder dos Santos rifled home in the 73rd minute to settle thr encounter between the two arch-rivals of North American football in front of 62,493 fans.
“I am happy because the boys made a great effort and today we played against one of the best teams in the Gold Cup,” said Mexico coach Tata Martino. “They have made a good effort and a good match. It makes me happy because it was also my first international title.”
Mexico have now won the Gold Cup eight times since 1991 when the championship for teams from North America.
It was a disappointing defeat for the American men, who had been hoping to complete a trophy double after the US women had powered to victory over the Netherlands in the World Cup in France earlier on Sunday.
“Over the course of 90 minutes, Mexico was the better team,” US coach Gregg Berhalter said.