Mexico’s U-21 ended their 24-year drought without a gold medal in the Central American and Caribbean Games soccer tournament by defeating Venezuela 4-1.
It was a dominant game by Mexico, from start to finish. It only took them 10 minutes to open the score with a Zaldivar shot from distance.
Four minutes later, Raul Lopez would fire in a free-kick to make things 2-0. Lopez, a Chivas player, has been one of the revelations in this tournament.
Another Chivas-owned player, Erick “Cubo” Torres, would not miss the opportunity to score his goal. Cubo would take advantage of some bad defending, and he’d slot in home the 3-0.
The second half saw Venezuela be the better of both teams. Mexico can thank their goalkeeper, Lajud, that the scoreline wasn’t a lot closer.
Cubo Torres would score his second of the night and seal the game in the 79th minute. Cubo scored a total of 5 goals in the tournament, and he now has the task of sitting down with the MLS to discuss his future.
Venezuela would score a consolation goal a few minutes later, but this was Mexico’s night. Mexico was the best team throughout the tournament, and it was a well deserved conclusion to a good tournament.
More than the gold medal, the tournament served as a perfect setting for Mexico to try out players that are likely to be part of the Rio 2016 qualification process. Mexico will now look to qualify and defend the gold medal they won in London.