PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Uriel Antuna’s went from not even being on Mexico’s roster to getting the start and scoring a hat trick.
The forward — who was a last-minute addition to the roster — scored three goals and had an assist as top-seeded Mexico cruised to a 7-0 rout over Cuba on the opening day of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
“I am very happy I was able to score but the team played a great game, so I am very happy to be here,” Antuna said to CONCACAF.com immediately after the game.
Antuna — was not made available in the mixed zone during postgame interviews — was a late addition to the roster after Jorge Sanchez was injured during a friendly last week. The 21-year-old LA Galaxy forward was making only his third appearance for the national team.
Antuna said playing in…