The United States men’s national team take on bitter rivals Mexico tonight for the honor of being crowned first-ever Nations League champions of Concacaf. The final most people expected to take place has come to fruition despite lackluster performances by both teams in the semifinals.
Gregg Berhalter’s side needed a 89th minute winner from an unlikely hero in Jordan Siebatcheu to ensure their place in the final. Meanwhile, El Tri can count themselves even luckier having survived a penalty shootout against Costa Rica on Thursday.
Despite both teams struggling to arrive here, there shouldn’t be any doubt that this final will burst with intensity and drama. Whenever the U.S. and Mexico meet it’s must-see stuff. However, when there’s actual stakes on the line it’s a completely different animal. Berhalter and Tata Martino have already met once in a competitive environment since taking over their current jobs. Mexico defeated the U.S. in the 2019 Gold Cup final, 1-0. Can the Americans exact some revenge and prove they have leapfrogged El Tri in the Concacaf pecking order? Or will Mexico once again prove their dominance over the region?
It’s all at stake tonight as this storied rivalry continues once again.
United States lineup:
How to Watch
Advertised Kick-off Time: 9:00 p.m. Eastern, 6:00 p.m. Pacific
Venue: Empower Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
Available TV: CBS Sports Network (English), TUDN (Spanish), Univision (Spanish)
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