Only two minutes of stoppage time stood between the U.S. Under-17 Men's National Team and a CONCACAF crown.
Thanks to a 62nd minute goal from Andrew Carleton, the U17s led Mexico 1-0 in the dying moments of the qualifying final down in Panama.
But it was not to be.
An unmarked Carlos Robles nodded home the equalizer in the 92nd minute, sending the game to penalty kicks. Ultimately, Mexico triumphed 5-4 on penalties, as U.S. substitute Akil Watts was the lone player that failed to convert from the spot.
Adding to the late heartbreak was a U.S. miss just two minutes prior to Robles' equalizer, as Christopher Goslin hit the post on a counter that could've put the game away.
With World Cup qualification already secured for both sides, Sunday's final was more about regional bragging rights and a shot at silverware than possessing any real kind of implications. Dig into three talking points from the loss below.