- Chris Richards (12')
- Folarin Balogun (34')
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"I've only here a short amount of time, but already I feel a part of it and I feel a part of something bigger," Balogun said after the match.
The U.S. was without Sergino Dest and Weston McKennie, both of whom were out for the match after picking up red cards in a fiery semifinal win over Mexico on Thursday. Interim coach B.J. Callaghan, still overseeing the team after Gregg Berhalter was rehired Friday, started Joe Scally and Brenden Aaronson in place of his two suspended players.
"We're looking beyond to the 2026 World Cup, and we need to perform in high-intensity knockout games," Callaghan said. "That's something that we learned from the World Cup."
The U.S. doubled its lead later in the first half with a classy finish from Balogun, who picked up a through ball from Reyna after a giveaway from Canada and fired past Borjan from a tight angle to notch his first goal for the Americans since committing his international future to the team.
The Brooklyn-born Balogun, 21, scored 22 goals in 39 games in all competitions for French League 1 club Reims last season, the most ever for an American in a top-five European league.
Canada looked dangerous at times in the second half, but a resolute U.S. defense and more solid play in goal from Matt Turner, who had four saves, kept John Herdman's team off the scoresheet as the U.S. was able to win the trophy for the second time.
"It's another step in the right direction," said U.S. captain Christian Pulisic, who scored twice in the semifinal win over Mexico. "It's just going to be about these knockout games. Come those big tournaments, Copa America, World Cup, it's time to get tough.
"We got to step up and score the goals when it counts and keep them out of our goal."
The result means the U.S. extended its home unbeaten streak against Canada to 22 games dating back to 1957, while Canada remained without a title since the 2000 Gold Cup.
"We're just not in that killer area of the pitch," Canada coach Herdman said. "We've talked about this post-World Cup. It's in the boxes where Canada's suffering. You don't get time to work with the players. There's no time. But we need this September window.
"We need the resources where we can actually put a camp together, where I can work for six days on the things that make the biggest difference moving forward."
In the consolation match earlier Sunday, Mexico held on to beat Panama 1-0 to take third place in the four-team final.
Information from The Associated Press and Reuters was used in this story.
- Said Martinez