The United States men’s national soccer team continued its dominance of the Concacaf Nations League – and its regional rivals Mexico – with a 2-0 victory and a third straight league title at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on Sunday. night.

Tyler Adams scored a thunderbolt in the first half and Giovanni Reyna added a second goal after the break with a difficult volley to give the US the win with a famous “two against zero‘ score and a measure of redemption after an uninspired victory over Jamaica in the Nations League semi-finals on Thursday.

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“I don’t score goals like that all the time, but I’m happy that I could score one today,” said Adams, who was substituted at half-time as a precaution.

Adams, who has just returned from injury to play for his club team Bournemouth, added: “I always get up for big games.”

The result sees Gregg Berhalter’s side retain their Nations League crown, having won the first two editions of the competition in 2021 and 2023, and extend their unbeaten run against Mexico to a record seven matches.

Adams, making his first start for the US in 475 days, turned the game on its head at the end of the first half, unleashing a stunning strike from distance to beat Guillermo Ochoa and give the Americans a narrow lead at half-time .

“People have a lot of questions about this and that,” Adams said. “But seeing what we do week in and week out when we have the opportunity to work together, we continue to grow.”

As Mexico fought to get back into the match, Reyna pounced on a poor clearance in the penalty area and deflected a volley that flew past Ochoa at his near post to double the American lead.

Referee Drew Fischer stopped the match shortly before half-time and then again in extra time in accordance with Step 2 of Concacaf’s anti-discrimination protocol after an anti-gay chant was repeatedly heard from the crowd as US goalkeeper Matt Turner took his goal kicks.

Last year’s Nations League semi-final between the US and Mexico in Las Vegas ended about four minutes early due to chants from Mexican fans, who for years insulted opposing goalkeepers.

UMSNT players celebrate after beating Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League final.

Adams was nursing a right hamstring injury that required surgery twice and had not played for the US since the 2022 World Cup before starting in the 63rd minute on Thursday and then leaving in the 100th minute due to a minutes restriction.

He was limited to one club appearance of 21 minutes between 11 March 2023 and 13 March, when he returned from injury with a 20-minute stretch for Bournemouth against Luton Town in the English Premier League.

Adams’ joined Josh Wolff as the only Americans in the past 40 years to score their first two goals The tree; Adams also scored in a friendly against Mexico in September 2018.

Still on a minutes limit, Adams was replaced by Johnny Cardoso early in Sunday’s second half.

“Typical Tyler: we get into a fight in the locker room and he wants to play more. Guys wonder why he can’t play anymore?” Berhalter said. “As much as I wanted him in the game, it is a safety issue. We want to make sure he returns in a healthy way because he has many more games to play.”

Berhalter had agreed to the minutes limit with Bournemouth. Adams said he will likely be limited to 60 minutes this weekend when he returns to play for his club.

“It was obviously disappointing to come out at halftime, especially after scoring a goal and helping the team,” Adams said. “So yes, I understand we have to be smart for the long-term plan.”

Reyna, limited to one league start for Borussia Dortmund and Nottingham Forest this season, scored his eighth international goal. Christian Pulisic’s cross was blocked by defender Johan Vásquez. The ball bounced back to Vásquez via American striker Haji Wright, who headed a clearance attempt. Reyna bounced the ball and beat Ochoa to the near post from 16 yards.

“It’s good for the momentum,” Reyna said. “We’ve been together with our core group for a while now and I think we know what it takes to win big games and tournaments and hopefully we can continue that into the Copa America and have a great run there.”

Fischer initially awarded a penalty for a challenge by Antonee Robinson on Santiago Giménez shortly after the Reyna goal. But after a video review by Nicaragua’s Tatiana Guzmán, the chief referee blew off the foul and gave the attacker a yellow card for simulation.

Berhalter made five changes from Thursday’s starting line-up in the 3-1 extra-time win against Jamaica, adding right back Sergiño Dest, centre-back Tim Ream, midfielders Adams and Reyna and forward Wright. They replaced Joe Scally, Miles Robinson, Yunus Musah, Malik Tillman and Folarin Balogun.

Mexico coach Jaime Lozano used right back Jorge Sánchez and forward Hirving Lozano for Julián Araujo and Julián Quiñones.

Both the United States and Mexico will now prepare for this summer’s Copa America, which will be played in the US from June 20 to July 14. They are also looking ahead to the 2026 World Cup, co-hosted by the US, Mexico and Canada.

“It’ll be 2026 before we know it,” Berhalter said.

Jamaica defeated Panama 1–0 in the third place match after Dexter Lembikisa’s goal in the 41st minute.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.

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