That’s it. The United States of America have done it. Thanks to a Jordan Morris 88th minute strike, the U.S. have captured their sixth Gold Cup, pulling them one shy of Mexico’s record for all-time titles. As soon as Morris’ goal hit the back of the net, celebrations began in the stadium and around the country as the outcome seemed sealed with the dramatic moment. Morris himself exuded the delirious reaction we all felt:
VICTORY!!! #USA pic.twitter.com/oG12RTrIXQ— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 27, 2017
After all was said and done, Michael Bradley walked away with the prize of the Golden Ball, awarded to the top performer of the tournament despite playing just three games:
Felicidades a Michael Bradley de #EUA Ganador del Balón de Oro presentado por Scotiabank #CopaOro2017 pic.twitter.com/wT1lqYbtu5— Copa Oro 2017 (@CopaOro) July 27, 2017
When the award ceremony had completed it was time for everyone’s favorite moment: The trophy lift.
Behold something you’ll only see a few times in your life, the USMNT lifting a trophy:
Trophy: Raised— Alexander Abnos (@AnAbnos) July 27, 2017
Confetti: Late pic.twitter.com/a8e4xoClNp
Once back to the locker room, it was time to celebrate like only sports teams know how. By wasting a ton of cheap champagne for no apparent reason. Before the bubbly cracked, Bruce Arena had a playful warning for all. Spray him with champagne and not make the World Cup roster.
July 27, 2017
Welp. It looks like the U.S. are going to have to find a whole new 23 to take to Russia.