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U.S. Gold standard

Landon Donovan and the United States are looking for another big win over rival Mexico in the title match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup tonight at Pasadena, Calif. The game is the third consecutive time that the teams will face each other for the title. Mexico won 5-0 in 2009 after the United States won 2-1 in 2007. The Gold Cup winner qualifies for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, a preview of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The U.S. used three successive shutouts to reach the Gold Cup final after a 2-0 loss to Panama. “We’re playing a lot better and, sometimes, it’s good to get a wake-up call,” Donovan said. “We’ve said all along that this tournament is a marathon. Now, we find ourselves in the final with a chance to win it.”

– Associated Press