The U.S. and Mexico have a storied history as fierce North American rivals. The two teams have played on 68 previous occasions — the most the Yanks have played against any opponent. The U.S. has not done well historically, holding a record of just 20-37-14. The Yanks won the first-ever meeting, 4-2 on May 24, 1934, but then went winless in the next 26 matches. Recent history has been much closer, though, as the Yanks hold a record of 14-7-6 since 2000.
The U.S. won the last meeting, 1-0. Tyler Adams scored the lone goal under Interim Head Coach Dave Sarachan’s side back on Sept. 11, 2018. El Tri is the most successful team in Gold Cup history. Mexico has won the tournament seven times, and the U.S. six.
Mexico beat Haiti 1-0 to get the final. It was a mostly disappointing night for El Tri but they were able to advance via a Raul Jimenez penalty kick in extra time. Jimenez is second in the Golden Boot race (5), one behind Canada’s Jonathan David.
The Yanks are coming off a 3-1 win over Jamaica. After a couple of disappointing Gold Cup performances, Gregg Berhalter chose to start Jozy Altidore and Jordan Morris. It took just nine minutes for Weston McKennie to break the deadlock after good ball movement from the U.S. Christian Pulisic earned a brace as the Yanks won the semifinal battle.
Tata Martino leads Mexico and brought a young, domestic team to the competition. Fourteen members of the 23-man squad play for Mexican club teams, while eight players have 10 or fewer caps. Similarly, Berhalter called up 17 MLS players, and 13 men on the roster have 15 or fewer caps.
Defenders (8): 14-Reggie Cannon (FC Dallas; 4/0), 3-Omar Gonzalez (Toronto FC/CAN; 51/3), 2-Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes; 6/0), 23-Aaron Long (New York Red Bulls; 8/2), 16-Daniel Lovitz (Montreal Impact/CAN; 6/0), 19-Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 15/1), 13-Tim Ream(Fulham/ENG; 32/1), 5-Walker Zimmerman (LAFC; 9/2).
Midfielders (6): 4-Michael Bradley (Toronto FC/CAN; 147/17), 8-Weston McKennie (Schalke/GER; 11/1), 20-Djordje Mihailovic (Chicago Fire; 5/1), 10-Christian Pulisic(Chelsea/ENG; 28/11), 15-Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 13/0), 6-Wil Trapp (Columbus Crew SC; 19/0).
Forwards (6): 17-Jozy Altidore (Toronto FC/CAN; 113/43), 7-Paul Arriola (D.C. United; 25/5), 21-Tyler Boyd (Vitória Guimãres/POR; 4/2), 18-Jonathan Lewis (Colorado Rapids; 5/0), 11-Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 30/5), 9-Gyasi Zardes (Columbus Crew SC; 48/10).
Goalkeepers (3): Hugo Gonzalez (Necaxa; 2/0), Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege/BEL; 105/0), Jonathan Orozco (Santos Laguna; 7/0).
Defenders (8): Néstor Araujo (Celta Vigo/ESP; 34/3), Jesús Gallardo (Monterrey; 38/0), Héctor Moreno (Real Sociedad/ESP; 99/4), César Montes (Monterrey; 8/0), Fernando Navarro (Club León; 2/1), Diego Reyes (Fenerbahçe/TUR; 62/2), Luis Rodríguez (Tigres UANL; 15/1), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres UANL; 29/0).
Midfielders (9): Roberto Alvarado (Cruz Azul; 10/2), Uriel Antuna (LA Galaxy/USA; 6/4), Edson Álvarez (Club América; 25/1), Jonathan dos Santos (LA Galaxy/USA; 43/2), Andrés Guardado (Real Betis/ESP; 158/28), Érick Gutiérrez (PSV Eindhoven/NED; 17/0), Luis Montes (Club León; 23/5), Orbelín Pineda (Cruz Azul; 18/1), Carlos Rodriguez (Monterrey; 5/0).
Forwards (3): Raúl Jiménez (Wolverhampton Wanderers/ENG; 75/21), Rodolfo Pizarro (Monterrey; 19/4), Alexis Vega (Guadalajara; 5/1).
How to Watch
Match Time: 9 p.m. ET.
Venue: Nissan Stadium — Nashville, TN.
TV: FOX Sports 1, Univision.
Streaming: FOX Sports GO, Univision NOW.
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