The United States and Mexico go head to head in the grand final of the freshly formed CONCACAF Nations League, the culmination of three years of qualifying and league games.
USA vs Mexico
Sunday, June 6th, 9.00 PM EDT
The inaugural tournament saw 41 teams battle through multiple stages to reach 1 of 4, 3 team groups, with the winner of each progressing to a semi final. Mexico made it out of their B group with a record of 4-0-0, and were pitted against Costa Rica, who finished their group with a lacklustre 1-3-0 record.
After scoring goals for fun in the group stages, Mexico struggled to break down Costa Rica in the semi final, resulting in a nil all draw which eventually went to penalties, which they won 5-4 thanks to some heroics from Guillermo Ochoa in net.
— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) June 4, 2021
The majority of the side’s offense has come from Jose Macias, who has 3 goals in the tournament, as well as Raul Jimenez, who bagged a brace in their 3-0 win against Panama, but will unfortunately be unavailable today due to the nasty brain injury he sustained last year.
USA finished atop their group with a record of 3-0-1, tied for points with Canada, however, thanks to their goal differential of +12 they progressed to face Honduras in the semis.
Clinical for the most part, USA slipped up only once in a 2-0 defeat to Canada, but won their remaining 4 games by an aggregate score of 16-1. Josh Sargent was responsible for scoring 3 goals, as was Juventus man, Weston McKennie, who scored a hat trick against Cuba.
However, it is Jordan Morris who tops the scoring for the States though, the Seattle Sounder forward bagged 4 goals throughout the group stage, but will also sadly miss out on the final due to an ACL injury he suffered while on loan at Swansea.
— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 6, 2021
Today’s match will mark the 71st meeting between these fierce rivals, in a head to head which has historically been led by Mexico with a record of 36-15-19. However, since the 1980’s it has been a much tighter affair, with the USA even winning with a record of 17-12-16.
Both sides have their star men, and both have some big outs to the squad, but across the pitch Mexico are undoubtedly the stronger side, we are expecting a very tight game, with Mexico getting the edge in a low scoring affair.
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*Odds correct at time of publication, thanks to FanDuel.