Mexico Defeats USA, 3-2, in Extra Time in CONCACAF Cup at Rose Bowl

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Ricardo Ferretti never really wanted to coach the Mexican national team. And he took the job only because he was promised it was an interim position.

But Saturday he pulled off one of the biggest wins in the country's long soccer rivalry with the U.S., with Paul Aguilar's goal with two minutes remaining into overtime giving Mexico a 3-2 win in a wild CONCACAF Cup, played before a crowd of 93,723 at the Rose Bowl.

With the win, Mexico earned the right to represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup, an important eight-team tune-up for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Nearly as important, however, is the fact that Ferretti's first victory with the national team ended Mexico's six-game winless streak against its chief rival dating to 2011, the last time the two teams met in the Rose Bowl.

They had to score twice in overtime to do it, though, the first extra-time match between the U.S. and Mexico since the semifinals of the 1999 Confederations Cup.

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