Mexico Concacaf Gold Cup 2021 T Shirt Once again this year for the 10th time or something the USA and Mexico would decide which nation would be the top nation in Concacaf. This time it is in the Gold Cup, we already know the United States is the top nation in Concacaf in the Nations League. The game promised to be a… it seemed like maybe it’d be fun? The USA came in with nothing to lose essentially, the point of the tournament has more or less been to find out about depth and get some players who might start in qualifiers to have a better understanding of Berhalter’s tactics. Beating El Tri in the final would be a nice bonus. But after 120 minutes, it would be much more than that.
The USA set up in a 4-3-3 with a few notable changes. Erik Williamson, Gyasi Zardes, Reggie Cannon, and George Bello all started having not been in the XI for previous knockout matches.
Mexico has been playing a first choice lineup the entire tournament because they’ve been sad about losing in the Nations League.
In the end,… Danny Ocean and the boys had house money, put their chips all on red, white and blue and when the wheel stopped turning hit the most unlikely jackpot in recent USMNT history, the lights went off and they had just enough time to switch the fake money with real money and steal their ex-wife back.
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The teams came out playing fast and with plenty of passion. Not necessarily by choice, the USA ended up sitting back and absorbing pressure from Mexico while waiting to counter. There was a lot of waiting to counter, Mexico was on the front foot from the start and the Americans really struggled to make effective use of the ball.
Somehow Sebastian Lletget mopped up a sloppy pass from Talavera and tapped it over to Paul Arriola who just needed to beat the keeper – AND HE DID – but when the river card was drawn it was the Jack of hitting the post… and not going in the net.
To quickly break this down…