Wednesday, June 23, 2021

US and Mexico scrape through dramatic semis to set up Nations League Final

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The Concacaf Nations League final on Sunday will be a repeat of the 2019 Gold Cup final with both the US and Mexico winning their semi-finalsat Empower Field at Mile High in Denver, Colorado. But it took an 89thminute header and a penalty shoot out to see them through.

The semi-finals marked the closing phases of a competition that began in 2019, and an explosive restart to full international competition and a summer of Concacaf football in the US that will see World Cup qualification reach first round conclusion, and the blue riband Gold Cup 2021.

The US team had prepared for their semi-final with a predominantly European-based squad with a 2-1 friendly loss last weekend against Switzerland, who are 13thin the FIFA World Rankings, against the US’s 20thranking. They were drawn against a fast rebuilding Honduras side with a predominantly home grown base of players.

Greg Berhalter had selected just four players from MLS club sides for his US squad . . .

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