Mexico vs United States Live:On Sunday, it will be the dream matchup in the Gold Cup final. A day after Mexico advanced to the final by beating Haiti, the United States took care of Jamaica on Wednesday, setting up a USA-Mexico title game. In a match that was delayed more than a half an hour in the first half due to weather, Christian Pulisic scored twice and Weston McKennie added another in a 3-1 victory that puts the U.S. on the verge of repeating and coach Gregg Berhalter potentially just days away from his first ever title as a manager.
Weston McKennie memorably burst on the USMNT scene by scoring in his debut match, a 1-1 draw with European Champions Portugal on Nov. 14, 2017. He returned to the scoresheet when he found the game’s only goal in the 1-0 quarterfinal win against Curaçao on Sunday.
Just three days later, McKennie again contributed the USA’s opening goal, making a late run into the box to convert in the ninth minute. The goal was the earliest the United States has scored in this edition of the tournament and settled a few nerves after a few previous chances went begging.
The team looked charged for another one until…Aside from a lengthy 87-minute weather delay, the only blemish of the night was that the USA’s shutout streak ended at 483 minutes when Shamar Nicholson headed home Jamaica’s goal in the 69th minute.
The goal breathed some life back into Jamaica, but the USA dug deep and saw that an equalizer didn’t come. With Jamaica pushing forward, the team caught the Reggae Boyz out in transition, leading to Pulisic’s second strike that put the game on ice in the 87th minute.For the second time in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, Christian Pulisic earned ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors, with his two goals serving as the difference in the win. Both goals came off rebounds, a variety of which USMNT fans aren’t necessarily used to seeing from the 20-year-old. It’s a part of his game that has been developed since early on.
“As a young kid, I always learned to follow up shots,” Pulisic said after the match. “There’s going to be rebounds for you and all goals count the same. I was in the right place at the right time twice and I was able to finish them.”
The brace was the third of Pulisic’s international career and moved him into a tie with Gyasi Zardes for the team’s joint scoring lead at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup with three goals. Having been part of 22 goals in his international career (13 scored, nine assists), Pulisic has a current pace of 1.01 goals/assists per 90 minutes (1961 minutes played).Wednesday night’s result also sets up what could be a huge day for U.S. Soccer. Fresh off Tuesday’s 2-1 victory against England, the U.S. Women’s National Team will go for a record-setting fourth Women’s World Cup title when they face the Netherlands in Lyon, France on Sunday (10 a.m. ET; FOX, Telemundo).
Eleven hours later and seven time zones away, the region’s biggest rivalry will be on display when the USMNT takes on Mexico in search of its record-tying seventh Concacaf Gold Cup title just steps away from Soccer House at sold-out Soldier Field in Chicago (9 p.m. ET; FS1, Univision, UDN). The encounter will mark the sixth time the two Concacaf giants will meet in the tournament final, and while Mexico holds a 4-1-0 edge in those matches, the USA’s one championship win vs. El Trí came in 2007 at the same location that Sunday’s match will be held.
“The sport continues to grow in such a big way in our country, and I think we’re all so proud of that,” veteran midfielder Michael Bradley said post-game. “Tomorrow is July 4th, a few days later the Women’s Team will have a chance to win a World Cup. Everybody will be rooting for them, and we’ll be behind them every step of the way. When that game ends, everybody will have a few hours to regroup and get ready for another edition of USA-Mexico. It should be a great day.”After some shaky performances over the past couple of weeks, this U.S. team looked strong after Berhalter made some changes. Reggie Cannon started at right back and looked good, but the big story was Jozy Altidore getting the start at striker over Gyasi Zardes. Altidore didn’t score, but he was key on the opening goal by McKennie, using his strong body to shield off a defender. Here is the moment, which came just nine minutes in:The match got tense late following Shamar Nicholson’s goal in the 69th minute to cut the USA’s lead in half, but Pulisic’s second goal made it 3-1 in the 87th minute as he finished off a rebound from a Paul Arriola shot. Unfortunately, Mother Nature made her presence felt 15 minutes into the match. Play was halted for nearly 90 minutes as a lightning storm made its way through the area.
Team USA had clearly been in control prior to the delay. When play resumed, Jamaica managed to shift some of the momentum, though it was not able to find the back of the net.
The USMNT would quickly regain momentum coming out of halftime. After being denied earlier, Pulisic managed to put one past Blake off a rebound in the 52nd minute.
Immediately upon subbing into the game, Gyasi Zardes—who already has three goals in the tournament—had a golden opportunity to pad the lead off a great pass by McKennie. However, his shot went wide right, keeping it a two-goal game.
Jamaica didn’t go away quietly, though. It responded by cutting into the deficit in the 69th minute: