CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 12: Andres Guardado #18 of Mexico leaps in the air in celebration after scoring against Costa Rica during a CONCACAF Gold Cup 2011 match at Soldier Field on June 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. Mexico defeated Costa Rica 4-1. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Tonight's game really needs no introduction. We all know the stakes -- there's a continental championship on the line, as well as a berth in the 2013 Confederations Cup. But let's be honest, the real battle will be for bragging rights in North America's most intense international rivalry. The 2011 Gold Cup final represents the newest chapter in the ongoing Mexico-United States football saga. Hopefully, the game can live up to the incredible hype.
The United States will be bringing a slightly different lineup to the final. Landon Donovan returns to the starting 11 as expected, while Freddy Adu, who impressed as a sub against Panama, also gets a starting nod. Clint Dempsey moves to striker, with Juan Agudelo starting the game on the bench.
Mexico brings the usual starting lineup to the final. Both Carlos Salcido and Andres Guardado were question marks because of lingering injuries, but both appear fit enough to start the match on the field.
United States lineup (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Eric Lichaj, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Steve Cherundolo; Michael Bradley, Jermaine Jones; Landon Donovan, Freddy Adu, Alejandro Bedoya; Clint Dempsey.
Mexico lineup (4-2-3-1): Alfredo Talavera; Rafael Márquez, Carlos Salcido, Hector Moreno, Efrain Juárez; Gerardo Torrado, Israel Castro; Andres Guardado, Giovani Dos Santos, Pablo Barrera; Javier "Chicharto" Hernández.
Kickoff will be at 9pm ET (6pm local time in Pasadena, CA), and the game can be seen live on Univision and Fox Soccer Channel in the United States.