Casa Grande, AZ (August 3, 2021) – Barca alumni Matthew Hoppe and USMNT won the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Sunday night, beating Mexico 1-0 in extra time.
Just as he did in the prior two knockout games, USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter selected Matthew Hoppe for his starting 11 for the final in Las Vegas. Hoppe was involved in several good chances for his side in front of 61,514 fans. One of the best opportunities was for Hoppe himself in the 70th minute, however his shot on the left side of the box was blocked.
Miles Robinson scored the game winning goal in the 117th minute. The center-back 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.
Gold Cup Appearances
Hoppe was featured in five of the six games in his international USMNT debut tournament. He started in all three knockout games and was a key part of the USMNT’s success. He scored the game winner and only goal of the game against Jamaica to send his team to the semi-finals. He earned Man of the Match for his performance against Jamaica.
According to InStat, the Barça alumni accounted for a USMNT-best 1.79 expected goals in the Gold Cup, and created a team-high 8 chances throughout the tournament. After a brilliant tournament, Hoppe is expected to be selected for the World Cup qualifiers in September.
This is the seventh time the USMNT have won the Gold Cup.