USA coach Bob Bradley was definitely disappointed with the loss in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final but took nothing away from winners Mexico.
The US team raced away to a two-goal lead at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Saturday but were pegged back by a tenacious Mexico outfit, who scored twice in each half to take out their sixth competition win.
Bradley admitted that it was a second-rate way for the tournament to end but in saying so was also full of praise for El Tri.
"It's a difficult way for us to end the tournament for sure. As a team we made a lot of progress and we were looking forward to this matchup," he said.
"It's a very good game. It's fast. There's a lot of very good attacking on both sides.
"We certainly congratulate Mexico. Give credit to them for some of the soccer they put together and like I said we put a good amount into it and we're disappointed to let one slip away."