Just as it was meant to be scripted, El Tri will take on their northern rivals for a chance at lifting the title of best team in North America. Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s men have slowly been losing momentum in this tournament after being forced into Extra Time in each of their last two games, and against the United States, they will be playing arguably their toughest team yet.
But history is firmly on Mexico’s side. In five previous Gold Cup Final meetings versus the United States, El Tri has won four times, including the last two by a combined score of 9-2. Coincidentally, their only defeat against the Stars and Stripes came in 2007 in Soldier Field, setting for this year’s Gold Cup Final.
Obviously, there is no love lost between these two sides, and it all adds an extra layer of flavor to the match. Nobody likes losing a final, but losing a final to your biggest rival assumes colossal proportions. As such, as far as Gold Cup Finals go, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. The title for best team in Concacaf is on the line. Will the green giant awaken or will the US claim bragging rights and back-to-back titles?
Date: Sunday, July 7
Time: 6:00pm Pacific, 8:00pm Central, 9:00pm Eastern
Venue: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois
TV: Univision (US-Español), FOX Sports 1 (US-English), Sky HD(Mexico), ESPN2(Mexico), UnivisionTDN(Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico)