December 5, 2023

Jesse Gonzalez, United States Goalkeeper

Although he didn’t see the field during the Gold Cup, and even though he wasn’t added to the roster until the quarterfinals, Gonzalez was a hot topic of discussion as he made plenty of noise off the field. Gonzalez made history as being the only player to ever switch from Mexico’s national team over to Team USA using FIFA’s one-time switch rule. And at 22-years-old, he’ll eventually replace aging legends Tim Howard (38-years-old) and Brad Guzan (33) in net for U.S. Soccer, so it was probably a smart move.

Jesus Duenas, Mexico Midfielder

While the Tigres midfielder didn’t score during the tournament, he played in every game for “El Tri” and was the only member of Mexico’s national team to be named to the tournaments “Best XI” list.

Mexico’s Goal Scorers

“El Tri” scored a total of six goals during their run up to the semifinals. Those goals came courtesy of defenders Edson Alvarez and Hedgardo Marin, midfielders Elias Hernandez, Orbelin Pineda and Rodolfo Pizarro, and forward Angel Sepulveda. They made it all the way to the semifinals before being upset by Jamaica.

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