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June 25, 2011

Mexico Beats US in CONCACAF Final

Mexico has rallied from a 2-goal deficit to beat the United States 4-2 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

Pablo Barrera broke a 2-2 tie with a goal in the 50th minute Saturday - his second goal of the game.  Mexico had trailed the U.S. 2-0 after just 23 minutes.

The title contest was played in front of 93,000 fans Saturday night at the sold-out Rose Bowl in Los Angeles.  Most of the crowd was cheering for Mexico, which has now won six of the biennial North American regional football titles.  Mexico's second straight title also qualifies it for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup.

The U.S. took an early lead Saturday on goals by Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan, before Barrera scored Mexico's first goal.  Andrew Guardado netted the equalizer in the 36th minute, setting up Mexico's dominating second half.  After Barrera gave Mexico the lead, Giovani Dos Santos capped the scoring in the 76th minute.