Hosts USA and reigning champions Mexico meet in the Gold Cup final on Monday at 1.30am (UK time).
The two nations meet in Paradise, Nevada for a chance to win North America’s biennial crown, with record champions Mexico looking to seal their 12th title, while USA — the competition’s second-most succesful country — will be aiming to close the gap on El Tri and clinch a seventh trophy.
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Where to watch USA vs Mexico on TV:
- UK: Premier Sports 1
- US: Fox Sports 1
Scoreline prediction: USA 1-2 Mexico
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USA vs Mexico build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
It’s been a competition of 1-0s for Gregg Berhalter’s side, with the Stars and Stripes winning four of their five games, including both knockouts, by that marginal scoreline. Their only non-1-0 win came during the 6-1 thrashing of Martinique, as they abandoned their attacking inhibitions and let loose, but Berhalter will know his side won’t get that kind of freedom to run riot against a well-drilled Mexico side. Having edged Jamaica and Qatar in the quarter-final and semi-final respectively, USA’s strong defensive record should stand them in good stead against Gerardo Martino’s abundantly-rich attack.
The former Barcelona manager is certainly a man for the occasion and will feel confident of adding to Mexico’s sparking trophy cabinet given their form in this tournament. As the current champions, El Tri travel to the Silver State with momentum behind them, putting that 0-0 curtain-raiser with Trinidad and Tobago behind them to canter to North America’s showpiece. Having eased through the groups, Mexico clinically dispatched Honduras 3-0 in the last-eight before edging a tight encounter with Canada, but this final match will prove the most challenging for each nation.
- USA (vs Qatar): Turner; Moore, Sands, Robinson, Vines; Busio, Acosta, Lletget; Arriola, Hoppe, Dike.
- Mexico (vs Canada): Talavera; Salcedo, Moreno, Gallardo; Rodriguez, Dos Santos, Alvarez, Herrera; Corona, Funes, Pineda.
Neither manager has any fresh injury concerns heading into this contest.
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Player to watch: Hector Herrera (Mexico)
Stalwart and vice-captain Hector Herrera will have a major part to play in this final, as he has done throughout the competition. His tenacious, muck-and-nettles style of play will give Mexico an authoritative presence in the middle of the park, while his experience playing at the highest level with Atletico Madrid, during which time he has regularly contested in the Champions League, should allow him to orbit the centre circle with confidence. It will be an interesting midfield battle with LA Galaxy’s Sebastian Lletget, formerly of West Ham United, but Herrera has tussled with some of the best in the business and will be relishing the chance to get his shorts muddy and potentially win his second Gold Cup, having clinched the 2015 trophy. The 31-year-old certainly knows what he takes to get over the line.
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