Matthew Hoppe wins the Gold Cup with USMNT
The USMNT won the Gold Cup on Sunday night/Monday morning, beating Mexico 1-0 in the final in extra time (2/8). Striker Matthew Hoppe started the game, coming off in the dying embers of extra time.
Just as he did in the other knockout games, coach Gregg Berhalter selected Matthew Hoppe for his starting XI for the final in Las Vegas. Schalke’s striker was involved in several good chances for his side in front of 61,514 fans. The best opportunity was for Hoppe himself, however his shot in the box was blocked.
The winning goal came in the 117th minute for the hosts. Centre-back Miles Robinson headed home from a free-kick to seal the title. Shortly afterwards, Hoppe was taken off to a round of applause, with Henry Kessler replacing him for the final minute of the game.
Hoppe featured in five of the six games at the Gold Cup. His goal in the quarterfinal against Jamaica was the only goal of the game and saw him named as Man of the Match.
This is the seventh time the USMNT have won the Gold Cup. Despite this final defeat, Mexico are still record winners of the competition, having lifted it on 12 occasions.