forget an instant classic. The 2021 Gold Cup Final between the United States and Mexico could turn into a classic blowout if the roster gap manifests itself on the field at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
while u.s. The national team roster doesn’t feature many of the European-based regulars, Mexico’s roster is close to being a complete squad outside of the key players involved with Mexico’s Olympic side in Tokyo. but this us team has still managed to find a way to win matches during this gold cup, relying on defense (one goal allowed), matt turner’s great goalkeeping, and generally managing to work his way through the tough matches of the knockout round against jamaica and qatar. Despite the stronger team from him, Mexico started the tournament slow and struggled to overcome Canada in the semifinals.
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but when these two arch-rivals get together, the hyphen usually disappears, as we saw in the nations league final in June, when u.s.a. uu. mounted an epic comeback to surprise the tri and win the trophy. USMNT head coach Gregg Berhalter expects some of those same vibes from his young, underdog side in Vegas.
More: Watch the US-Mexico Gold Cup Final on Fubotv (7-day free trial)
this will be the 71st match of all time between the two national teams (36-20-15 advantage for mexico) and they will meet in the gold cup final for the second consecutive tournament and seventh overall. the Americans haven’t fared as well in those previous six finals: five losses and just one win, in 2007.
how to watch the gold cup final united states vs. mexico
- date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
- time: 9 p.m. et
- tv channel: fs1
- tv en español: tudn, univision
- streaming: fubotv, fox sports app, tudn app, tudn.tv
- in canada: onesoccer.ca
the gold cup final at allegiant stadium in las vegas will air on fs1 (english) and univision and tudn (spanish). All three networks can be streamed on Fubotv (7-day free trial). the game can also be streamed on the fox sports app, the tudn app, and tudn.tv, but only for authenticated subscribers.
onesoccer.ca will host the concacaf regional championship in canada.
usa starting lineups uu. vs. mexico
many changes in the us. uu. On the side of Eryk Williamson, Reggie Cannon, George Bello and Gyasi Zardes (below) all start. Unless Gregg Berhalter surprises us and Paul Arriola steps in at right back, it doesn’t look like he’s opting for a three-man central defense system. In that case, watch out for center back James Sands, who can be exposed if he’s isolated in one-on-one situations.
on the mexico side, tata martino opted for central defender néstor araujo over carlos salcedo, who may be prone to making a mistake or a red card. The last thing Mexico wants to do is give the United States an advantage. furthermore, martino went with jonathan dos santos over erick gutierrez in midfield. dos santos, whose father passed away earlier this week, started the last two games against canada and honduras.
usa starting lineup. uu. (4-3-3, left to right): 1-matt turner-gk — 21-george bello, 12-miles robinson, 16-james sands, 2-reggie cannon — 19-eryk williamson, 23 -Kellyn Acosta, 17-Sebastian Lletget — 13-Mathew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 7-Paul Arriola (Captain)
us alternates. USA: 18-sean johnson-gk, 22-brad guzan-gk, 3-sam vines, 20-shaq moore, 4-donovan pines, 24-henry kessler, 14-jackson yueill, 6-gianluca busio , 10-cristian roldan, 8-nicholas gioacchini, 11-daryl dike, 15-jonathan lewis
Mexico’s starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 1-Alfredo Talavera-GK — 23-Jesús Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno, 2-Nestor Araujo, 21 -luis rodriguez — 6-jonathan dos santos, 4-edson alvarez, 16-héctor herrera — 10-orbelin pineda, 11-rogelio funes mori, 17-jesus “tecatito” corona
substitutes from mexico: 12-rodolfo cota-gk, 20-jonathan orozco-gk, 3-carlos salcedo, 5-osvaldo rodriguez, 8-kevin alvarez, 19-gilberto sepulveda, 14- erick gutierrez, 7-erick sanchez, 13-alan cervantes, 24-rodolfo pizarro, 18-efrain alvarez, 9-alan polished
gold cup final: odds and forecast
Mexico’s roster should give it a clear advantage on the field, but a short-handed Canada side still pushed the Tri to the brink in the semi-finals, almost taking the game to extra time until a goal from Hector Herrera won the game. game deep into stoppage time. . the best case scenario for usmnt is that they can have a game similar to the canadian side, but the balance still tips in favor of mexico when it comes to players on the field who can decide the game.
el tri will also have plenty of extra motivation for this match: the mexicans are defending their gold cup title and seeking revenge for the nations league final in June, when the united states claimed that trophy in a dramatic comeback. -behind the victory. The passing of Jonathan Dos Santos’ father this week also brought the team together in an emotional way, as seen against Canada on Thursday. On top of all that, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas is expected to have a big pro-Mexico crowd.
Emotional factors aside, the fact is that the united states fought for 60 minutes against qatar and had their challenges against canada and jamaica in the previous matches. grit and toughness kept them through all three games, but can only take you so far when you’re up against the best team in the tournament. a mexico win may be the conventional choice, but it’s also very hard to imagine a different scenario unless things really go haywire.
prediction: mexico 2, united states 0
quotes courtesy of draftkings
- united states to win (90 minutes): +250
- united states to win gold cup: +125
- tie (90 min): +215
- mexico winner (90 min): +130
- mexico wins the gold cup: -155
- mexico total team goals over 1.5 goals: +140
- mexico wins and more than 1.5 goals: +210
- mexico wins and less than 1.5 goals: +575
- mexico -0.5 asian handicap: +130