Gold Cup Rewind: Fabulous goal lifts U.S. over Mexico for 2007 title
Teammates Carlos Bocanegra (left) and Tim Howard celebrate with the trophy on the Soldier Field pitch after the USA defeated Mexico in the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final. (Photo: Mexsport)

With Gold Cup Rewind, looks back -- in video and words -- at some of the Gold Cup’s greatest games, moments and players.  The series continues Thursday with the 2007 final between the United States and Mexico.

Goal-scoring heroes in CONCACAF Gold Cup finals can come in all shapes, sizes and experience.

Take, for example, Benny Feilhaber, who tallied the game-winning goal for the United States in its 2-1 triumph over archrival Mexico in the 2007 Gold Cup decider at Soldier Field in Chicago.

The then 22-year-old midfielder had scored once in eight previous international appearances, before breaking a 1-1 deadlock in the 73rd minute with one of the most famous goals in the competition’s history, giving the Americans a second consecutive Gold Cup crown.

Feilhaber scored off a 22-yard volley from a poor clearance.

Andres Guardado had put Mexico ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute, before Landon Donovan converted a 62nd-minute penalty kick to level the match and tie him with Eric Wynalda for the USA’s all-time scoring lead with 34 goals apiece.

Donovan called the goal “unbelievable.  I was wide and a little bit right and as it came I was going, ‘Don’t shoot it.’  Maybe it’s one in a thousand he scores that goal.”
Added Feilhaber: “At such a stage against Mexico, it’s incredible.”
After Feilhaber’s heroics, there were still some nail-biting moments.  DaMarcus Beasley and Brian Ching hit the woodwork for the U.S., while goalkeeper Tim Howard was forced to make a point-blank save on Adolfo Bautista’s eight-yard shot in the 89th minute.
“It was nice to win the Gold Cup, but it’s a little sweeter when we beat Mexico,” finished U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra.

2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup final