The journey began on June 15th and now the final of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is here. As most predicted, it’s United States and Mexico meeting at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. The two favorites reached the championship, despite a few nervy moments along the way. Mexico couldn’t get the job done in regulation for either knockout round match, looking much weaker than in previous years. The USMNT had an uninspiring 1-0 quarterfinal win over Curaçao and a slightly more emphatic 3-1 semifinal victory against Jamaica.
After being largely absent from lineups earlier in the tournament, Jozy Altidore made a surprise start at striker in the semifinal over Gyasi Zardes. He is once again being favored by manager Gregg Berhalter, along with the same ten other players from the previous match. As noted by USSoccer.com, this is Michael Bradley’s 150th cap; he is the third men’s player “to reach the milestone.”
The back line of Reggie Cannon, Aaron Long, Matt Miazga, and Tim Ream is tasked with slowing down the potentially potent Mexican attack. It’s inevitable that Uriel Antuna, Rodolfo Pizarro, and Raúl Jiménez will get their opportunities to score, which puts the onus on American goalkeeper Zack Steffen to stop them.
It’s time to renew one of the best rivalries in international soccer. The winner is the champion of the confederation. The loser misses out on a chance to gain momentum heading into Nations League and World Cup qualifying.
United States lineup:
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How to watch
Advertised kick-off time: 9:15 p.m. Eastern, 6:15 p.m. Pacific
Venue: Soldier Field — Chicago, Illinois
Available TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish), Univision Deportes (Spanish)
Available streaming: Fox Sports Go (App/Website), Univision (App/Website), FuboTV (Free trial)
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