United States vs. Mexico
The Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is the site for the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final; this match is between the two biggest rivals in CONCACAF as The Stars and Stripes and El Tri face off add another chapter to their long standing rivalry.
USA booked a place in the final by beating Panama by a 1-0 score line, with a late goal from Midfielder/Forward Clint Dempsey. This team struggle for large portions of the match, in a match that most expected them to come out on fire and make a statement but where unable to break down the Central Americans in the final third. Coach Bob Bradley made an interesting decision to leave out Midfielder Landon Donovan, but brought him on in the beginning of the second half when his starting XI was deemed ineffective. It will be interesting to see how he approaches this match against Mexico, the US haven’t had the best tournament to say the least and their defense has been the main lightning rod for criticism.
As for Mexico, they reached the final by beating Honduras 2-0 in extra time, it what was arguably their biggest test of the competition so far. Leading scorer Javier Hernández now has 7 goals and has proven as of this moment to be the best player in CONCACAF by a country mile. Coach José Manuel de la Torre has proven to be an excellent tactician, putting the players in the proper roles to perform at a high level. Other then Hernández, another player that has been impressive is Aldo de Nigris who has been played well when on the field and has scored 4 goals in the tournament so far. The approach to this game shouldn’t very too much from what they are currently doing, the USA do pose significant threats but it’s nothing that Mexico haven’t seen before.
This is the match that most expected, I like Mexico to win this match and capture their 6th CONCACAF Gold Cup trophy. They have been impossible to stop for most of the tournament, and even when they have been put to the test against Guatemala and Honduras they found a way to get through it.