Again it is the United States vs. Mexico in the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup final, which crowns the best national team from the North America, Central America and the Caribbean region. Mexico is the defending champion after beating the United States in the 2019 final by a narrow score of 1-0.
It’s usually tight and heated when these two archrivals square off – the 2021 Nations League final in June was pure chaos. Mexico will seek revenge for that loss and with a roster much closer to that of the alternate squad of the United States men’s team, El Tri is the favorite to claim back-to-back Gold Cup wins.
As powerhouses in the region, the US and Mexico have won nearly every Gold Cup since 1991: Mexico won it eight times and the US six times and the last in 2017. Canada was the only other nation to lift The throphy. during a memorable Cinderella run in 2000.
Sporting News will follow the 2021 Gold Cup final as it happens, providing live score updates, commentary and highlights as they arrive from a sold-out Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas:
USMNT vs. Mexico Live
(All the eastern time)
18 min.: Mexico’s left-back Gallardo with a ball that crosses the face of the goal for Mexico’s right-back, who wins a corner. The header on the set piece is to the right of goalkeeper Matt Turner.
15 min.: After a long delay, Williamson is back on the field and fans start the “Ole” on every Mexico pass. I’m pretty sure your team needs to be in the lead before you can do that.
12 min.: American midfielder Eryk Williamson on the ground receiving treatment after receiving a ball to the head.
11 min.: In the following corner, the American goalkeeper Turner dived after a header from Funes Mori.
11 min.: Wow. That looked like a penalty kick that should have been awarded to Mexico. George Bello with his arm high in an unnatural position to block a cross from Mexico. Officials don’t call it! The United States had its way there.
10 minutes .: We’ve been in for 10 minutes and the USMNT has had a few draws in midfield, but the Americans have held on. As the minutes go by, the US is seemingly sinking deeper with each attack.
2nd minute: Mexico fans wanted a penalty for Rogelio Funes Mori to fall into the area in a challenge from goalkeeper Matt Turner. But that was a dive. Great no-call from ref.
1st min .: It is an opportunity. USMNT pressing right outside the gates.
8:57 pm: The place is absolutely packed:
8:54 pm: National anthem time. Mexico’s is the first.
8:52 pm: Here’s tonight’s award:
8:28 pm: Basically, it will be a Mexico home game:
– Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) August 2, 2021
8:21 pm: In DraftKiings, the US is at +135 to win the Gold Cup, Mexico the favorite at -165:
Mexico starts seven players who also started the Nations League final until #USMNTIt is one.
Tonight could be El Tri’s best chance to beat the 🇺🇸 in a final over the next decade.
– Doug McIntyre (@ByDougMcIntyre) August 2, 2021
7:35 pm: Today is the birthday of USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter (48 years young):
7:33 pm: A small sample of the environment, more than an hour before the kick:
5:46 pm: This place is going to be great:
Starting lineups for the United States vs. Mexico
Lots of changes to the USMNT lineup against Mexico: Gyasi Zardes wins title over Daryl Dike; backs Reggie Cannon and George Bello replace Shaq Moore and Sam Vines; and Eryk Williamson is in the starting eleven over Gianluca Busio in midfield.
On the Mexico side, Tata Martino bet on central defender Nestor Araujo over Carlos Salcedo, probably because the latter can be prone to making a mistake or a red card. The last thing Mexico wants to do is give the United States any advantage. Additionally, Martino preferred Jonathan Dos Santos over Erick Gutiérrez in midfield, along with central midfield accessories Héctor Herrera and Edson Álvarez. Dos Santos started the last two games against Canada and Honduras.
Starting formation (4-3-3, from 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-Matthew Hoppe, 9-Gyasi Zardes, 7-Paul Arriola (capt.)
Substitutes: 18-Sean Johnson-GK, 22-Brad Guzan-GK, 4-Donovan Pines, 3-Sam Vines, 20-Shaq Moore, 24-Henry Kessler, 10-Cristian Roldan, 14-Jackson Yueill, 6-Gianluca Busio, 8 -Nicholas Gioacchini, 11-Daryl Dike, 15-Jonathan Lewis
Starting formation (4-3-3, from left to right): 1-Alfredo Talavera-GK – 23-Jesus Gallardo, 15-Hector Moreno (capt.), 2-Nestor Araujo, 21-Luis Rodriguez – 16-Hector Herrera, 4-Edson Alvarez, 6-Jonathan Dos Santos – 10-Orbelin Pineda, 11-Rogelio Funes Mori, 17-Jesus “Tecatito” Corona
Subs: 12-Rodolfo Cota-GK, 20-Jonathan Orozco-GK, 3-Carlos Salcedo, 5-Osvaldo Rodriguez, 8-Kevin Alvarez, 19-Gilberto Sepulveda, 7-Erick Sanchez, 14-Erick Gutierrez, 13-Alan Cervantes, 24 -Rodolfo Pizarro, 18-Efrain Alvarez, 9-Alan Pulido
How to watch the United States Gold Cup final vs. Mexico
- Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Weather: 9 pm ET
- Television channel: FS1
- Spanish television: TUDN, Univision
- Transmission: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, TUDN app, TUDN.tv
- In Canada: OneSoccer.es
The Gold Cup final from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will be broadcast on FS1 (English) and Univision and TUDN (Spanish). All three networks can be broadcast on fuboTV (7-day free trial). The match 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.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.