Mexico survived the disappointment of conceding the tying goal three minutes into stoppage time at the end of regulation to defeat Costa Rica in a
shootout Thursday and move into Sunday's Gold Cup final against the USA, a repeat of the final won by the Americans two years ago.
Mexico has used three goalkeepers this year, but
the youngest of the three, Guillermo Ochoa
, may have the edge for the starting job after being the hero in the Soldier Field shootout.
popular Ochoa, known by his nickname "Memo," stopped Froylan Ledezma
, whose goal in the 93rd minute had tied the game 1-1, with a diving save that
decided the shootout in the Tri's favor, 5-3.
The pro-Mexico crowd of 55,173 had watched the Tri go ahead when Guillermo Franco
scored from short range in the
Costa Rica goalkeeper Keilor Navas
had stopped a Mexico penalty by Miguel Sabah
the second half.
Ochoa, a reserve in the 2007 Gold Cup final won by the USA, is one of only four Mexican players who suited up for the championship two years ago and played against
the TicoS on Thursday. The others are Jose Jonny Magallon
, Alberto Medina
. July 23 in Chicago Mexico 1 Costa Rica 1 (Mexico wins 5-3 on penalties).
88; Ledezma 90. Costa Rica --
Navas, Fernandez, Marshall, Delgado, Wallace, Borges, Oviedo, Alonso (Ledezma, 67), Herron, Saborio, Brenes (Herrera, 58)
Ochoa, Magallon, Pinto (Vela, 81), Valenzuela, Juarez, Torrado, I.Castro, Medina (J.Castro, 53), Sabah (Franco, 70), Dos Santos. Yellow cards:
Mexico -- Torrado 19, Juarez 48; Herron 11, Delgado 22, Marshall 20, Fernandez 83, Oviedo 94. Att.: