Mexico heads into Gold Cup on a high note after downing Ecuador
Jonathan dos Santos left, scored the first goal in Mexico's victory over Ecuador in an international friendly on June 9, 2019 at AT & T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo: Mexsport)

ARLINGTON, Texas– Mexico will head into its 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup debut on a high note after downing Ecuador 3-2 in an international friendly on Sunday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A right-footed shot from outside the area in the 28’ from Jonathan dos Santos gave Mexico a 1-0 lead, but Ecuador responded in the 47’ when a free kick from Angel Mena was deflected and beat Mexico GK Guillermo Ochoa to make it 1-1.

Back came El Tricolor and it was 2-1 in the 63’ after a left-footed free kick from Luis Montes. Mexico’s lead would only last three minutes though, as a header from Ayrton Preciado in the 66’ made it a 2-2 affair.

But Mexico was undeterred and had one more goal in its bag, which was pulled out by Luis Alfonso Rodriguez in the 77’ for the winning score.

Mexico will return to action in its Gold Cup Group A opener on Saturday versus Cuba.