It’s been almost two years since we had a USA vs. Mexico that counts. One of the best rivalries in world soccer will be renewed in the inaugural final of the CONCACAF Nations League in Denver on Sunday (9:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm PT).
The USMNT and El Tri have battled for regional supremacy for years and have regularly met in various championship matches. Mexico has won the vast majority of those finals (the United States won the Gold Cup in 2007), and El Tri will once again be the favorite, albeit slight, at Empower Field.
Both countries will have their first-choice lineups available for this one and both will be led by a new generation of young stars, including Christian Pulisic (US), Gio Reyna (US), Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (Mexico). and Diego Lainez. (Mexico). Those players worked to overcome their respective Nations League semi-finals on Thursday, but their struggles will be long forgotten when they line up with each other in Sunday’s final.
The Nations League was launched in 2019 to provide meaningful competition for the 41 countries of the CONCACAF region between qualification for the FIFA World Cup and the biennial Gold Cup tournament. The winner will claim a trophy and the title of best CONCACAF team. Until the next time you see each other, of course.
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from USA vs. Mexico in the final of the CONCACAF Nations League. Follow below.
United States vs. Mexico live
MEX: Jesús “Tecatito” Corona – 2nd min.
United States: Gio Reyna – 27 min.
US Vs. Mexico Updates and Highlights
Half time: United States 1, Mexico 1
43 min.: Zack Steffen’s great save on Chucky Lozano and Herrera saw his header drift into the next corner. Steffen’s great stop just before halftime.
40 min: Uriel Antuna has been particularly active during the last five minutes and his ball inside the box finds Chucky, who cannot connect cleanly on a first half volley.
38 min.: Sergino Dest and Christian Pulisic are having an easy game, but the United States is still at the height of Mexico. It is not a scenario that many would have predicted after that goal in the first minute.
35 min.: McKennie wins a ball in midfield and jumps to Reyna, whose quick cross into the box simply fails to connect with Sargent.
34 min.: Tough moment for McKenzie, who catches the ball again and almost results in another Mexico shot.
33 min.: Another ball over Moreno for Chucky Lozano, but once again the pass is a little long.
27 min.: And so Reyna calls for the US! McKennie is heading home in a corner of the left post and Reyna is there at the gate to get him home. 1-1.
24 min.: Bad defense of the United States. A poor mark leads to a Mexico corner kick and a wide-open Moreno heads home a cross on the next play for goal. But he was ruled offside after video review.
21 min .: American fans boo because they wanted a penalty called to challenge Gio Reyna in the area. USMNT appears to be gaining momentum.
19 min.: And just at the right time, both Pulisic and Reyna take the ball near the Mexico area, but the defenders of El Tri block and clear the danger.
18 min.: We have been there for almost 20 minutes and Pulisic and Reyna have not been a big factor.
14 min.: A sloppy start for America. They’ve had another draw on their own side and Zack Steffen just kicked the ball straight out of play on a ball destined for Yedlin.
12 min.: Long ball from Mexican central Héctor Moreno for Chucky Lozano in the area and almost reached the ball. It would have been inside the goal. Mexican fans with the first chants of “Ole” when Mexican players are hitting the ball.
10 minutes .: Early yellow for John Brooks for a foul on Chucky Lozano from behind. It just ran him over. Referee looking to set the tone.
7th minute: Strangely, Mexico’s opening goal seems to have taken some of the steam out of the game and the crowd. Both teams are feeling it now.
4th minute: First chance for USA Josh Sargent from the right side of the box throws the ball towards Mexico GK Ochoa. It wasn’t the cleanest of shots.
3rd minute: McKenzie, who has played well for the United States in recent games, was too casual with that pass and didn’t expect that kind of pressure from Mexico.
2nd minute: Objective! Tecatito Corona intercepts Mark McKenzie’s pass inside the area and dribbles the ball. Mexico 1-0.
1st min .: And we go! The stadium rocks. This is going to be fun.
9:30 pm ET: Time for the national anthems. Mexico and then the United States.
9:17 pm ET: This three-man attack front for Mexico will be tough for John Brooks and Tim Ream to keep up:
Chucky as false 9, Antuna (vertical), Tecatito (1v1🚨), Gallardo (strongest defender) instead of Areaga, Charlie, Edson, HH 🔻 in the middle.
– herculez gomez (@herculezg) June 7, 2021
9:11 pm ET: More stadium scenes:
9:10 pm ET: Latest Denver Weather Report:
It started to rain during the warm-ups, there was a threatening thunderstorm but in my non-expert opinion it looks like it’s gone. The rain has also stopped. FYI pic.twitter.com/NCubzqTBlG
– Nico Cantor (@ Nicocantor1) June 7, 2021
8:53 pm ET: Another fashion statement from Clint Dempsey on the Paramount + pregame show:
8:52 pm ET: Get a taste of the fan atmosphere at Empower Field:
8:22 pm ET: The United States makes a formation change for Mexico, with three centrals and two full-backs. Expect Mexico to target Tim Ream on that left channel. Sergino Dest will need to play defense tonight.
Starting lineups for the United States vs. Mexico
The starting lineups are eliminated. Christian Pulisic is named captain of the United States. Chucky Lozano will lead the line for Mexico.
Starting formation (3-4-3, from left to right): 1 Zack Steffen-GK – 13 Tim Ream, 6 John Brooks, 15 Mark McKenzie – 2 Sergino Dest, 23 Kellyn Acosta, 8 Weston McKennie, 22 DeAndre Yedlin – 10 Christian Pulisic (captain), 9 Josh Sargent, 7 Gio Reyna.
Subs available: 12 Ethan Horvath-GK, 19 David Ochoa-GK, 13 Matt Miazga, 5 Antonee Robinson, 20 Reggie Cannon, 4 Tyler Adams, 14 Jackson Yueill, 17 Sebastian Lletget, 11 Brenden Aaronson, 18 Yunus Musah, 21 Tim Weah, 16 Jordan Siebatcheu.
Starting formation (4-3-3, from left to right): 13 Guillermo Ochoa (captain) – 23 Jesus Gallardo, 15 Hector Moreno, 2 Nestor Araujo, 21 Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez – 8 Carlos “Charly” Rodriguez, 4 Edson Alvarez, 16 Hector Herrera – 17 Jesus Corona, 22 Hirving Lozano, 20 Uriel Antuna.
Subs available: 1 Alfredo Talavera-GK, 12 Rodolfo Cota-GK, 3 Carlos Salcedo, 19 Gerardo Arteaga, 5 Jorge Sanchez, 7 Luis Romo, 6 Sebastian Cordova, 18 Andres Guardado, 10 Orbelin Pineda, 14 Diego Lainez, 9 Henry Martin, 11 Alan Polished.
How to watch the United States against Mexico in the United States
- Date: Sunday June 6
- Hour: 9:30 pm ET / 6:30 pm PT
- Television channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Spanish television: Univision, TUDN Sports
- Live broadcast: Paramount +, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
CBS Sports Network will broadcast the match between the United States and Mexico and will be broadcast on Paramount + and fuboTV (7-day free trial). The game will be available with commentary in Spanish on Univision and TUDN.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.