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Mexico beats U.S. to win the Gold Cup

Updated: June 26, 2011, 12:07 AM ET
By Leander Schaerlaeckens | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- A prodigal son came of age Saturday night. But no matter how good the long-lost Freddy Adu was for the U.S., it wasn't good enough to beat Mexico in the 2011 Gold Cup final. Even if he did help his side build a 2-0 lead.

In a mind-bending first half, the U.S. ran out to a lead by the ninth minute, when Michael Bradley was free to head home a corner from Adu. By the 24th, incredibly, the Americans had doubled the score when the outstanding Adu fed Clint Dempsey. ...

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