Chicharito (left) celebrates his goal. (Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports)
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — There is little doubt Mexico owns the U.S. national team these days.
El Tri defeated the Americans to capture the Concacaf Gold Cup this summer.
On Friday night, the Mexicans recorded a 3-0 triumph before a crowd of 47,960 at MetLife Stadium.
After the opening 20 minutes it seemed very little went right for the USMNT, which was outpaced by the better skilled and soccer savvy Mexicans.
“We’re making progress,” U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter said. “That’s not going to be your [the media’s] narrative but it is internally.”
Javier Hernandez — aka Chicharito gave the visitors all the scoring they needed by heading home a shot from 10 yards past goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the 21st minute off a Corona assist.
Erick Gutierrez doubled the score in the 78th minute as he took advantage of a turnover near the penalty area.
Four minutes later, Uriel Antuna tallied after latching onto a through ball from Hirving Lozano.
The USA had an opportunity to at least get on the scoreboard and avoid a clean sheet in the waning minutes, but its efforts failed.
Midfielder Alfredo Morales hit one of the posts after a free kick in the 80th minute and Josh Sargent had his penalty kick saved in the 88th minute as goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco dove to his right to deny him.