Mexico lifed the Gold Cup fopr a record eighth time after a 5-0 humbling of holders the United States.
After a goalless first half, goals from Gerardo Torrado, Giovani Dos Santos, Carlos Vela, Jose Castro and Guillermo Franco ensured a rout for Javier Aguirre’s side.
Aguirre encouraged his players to enjoy their success but warned them that they must begin to prepare fopr next month’s crucial World Cup qualifier against the U.S.
“This ends here in this locker room,” he said. “We’re celebrating now, but that’s it. Tomorrow is another day and we begin working for August 12, and that’s a different story.”
Forward, Dos Santos, who scored the second goal after skipper Torrado’s opener from the penalty spot, said the result will give the players self-belief.
“I believe this is a great win for Mexico because we showed the pride we have in our hearts today,” Giovani Dos Santos said. “This is a huge step for us in the process.
“The win injects us with some motivation, confidence and maturity.”
The Mexicans had not won in eleven matches on American soil since a March 1999 victory at San Diego.
The United States, fielding a inexperienced squad after the top team finished runner-up in last month’s Confederations Cup, could not maintain American dominance of its continental neighbour.
“When a goal is scored, there’s always a change in the game and we didn’t respond well,” U.S. coach Bob Bradley said of the worst American home loss since a 5-0 defeat to England in 1985.