Bayer Leveruksen's former Manchester United striker was among the goalscorers on Saturday night as his side recorded a 3-2 extra-time win over the States to claim the CONCACAF Cup.
Paul Aguilar’s goal deep into extra-time saw the US national team fall to a 3-2 defeat to Mexico in the CONCACAF Cup at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, as the visitors sealed a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup at the expense of their bitter rivals.
Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez gave Mexico a 10th-minute lead but Geoff Cameron’s header from a Michael Bradley free-kick levelled things up soon after, as the US withstood heavy pressure over the remaining 75 minutes to send the game into overtime.
Oribe Peralta eventually restored El Tri’s lead in the 96th-minute but substitute Bobby Wood gave the US a second equaliser 12 minutes later when he finished DeAndre Yedlin’s through ball to set up a tense finish in front of the pro-Mexico crowd of 93,723.
However, with the match heading for penalties, Jurgen Klinsmann’s men were dealt a soul-crushing blow in the 118th-minute when Aguilar produced a spectacular strike to earn his side their first win over the States since the 2011 Gold Cup final at the same venue.
After a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2015 tournament in the summer, the pressure on Klinsmann is even fiercer following this latest defeat but the US head coach was in defiant mood at the final whistle amid calls for him to be sacked.
“Everybody can express his opinion and not everybody likes you. That's totally fine," he told ESPN FC. "I'm not here to be liked. I'm trying to do a good job. And I'm privileged to have that role and represent the U.S. soccer program.
"It's a privilege for me and I do my best to my capabilities and leave the judgement out there for your guys or to people that want to express themselves."
Here are some of the best images from the clash between CONCACAF’s two main powerhouses…