USA 3 vs 2 Mexico: scores, summary, stats, highlights | CONCACAF Nations League final
As It Happened | USMNT vs Mexico, CONCACAF Nations League Championship Game
Thanks for watching the minute-by-minute with AS.com of the first ever CONCACAF Nations League final. The United States defeated Mexico 3-2 to win the inaugural edition of the tournament with Ethan Horvath blocking a penalty kick from Andrés Guardado in the last minutes of the over-time.
The is the first collective triumph of the USMNT 'golden generation,' The players celebrate with Ethan Horvath and this team show that they have a strong mentality to go down one neal and win 3-2 at the end of 120 minutes.
THE UNITED STATES MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM DID IT!
They defeated Mexico 3-2 in the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League final and the win their first international title since the 2017 Gold Cup.
Horvath with the save of his life!!!!!!! He is the hero of the USMNT! He blocked the penalty kick from Guardado! Out of this world and what a moment.
It is a penalty for the Mexico national team and they have the opportunity to level the score.
Edson Alvarez comes out and Orbelin Pineda takes his place.
GOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!! Ice in the veins! Christian Pulisic makes a clinical shot from the penalty kick! Ochoa guessed the right way, but it had too much power and too much accuracy and he gives the USMNT the 2-1 lead.
Now it is Christian Pulisic versus Guillermo Ochoa for the title in Over time.
Hirving Lozano is booked!
After the referee checks the play, he decides that Salcedo trips Pulisic inside the box and a penalty is given to the USMNT.
It seems that Salcedo trips Pulisic with his left leg and Martino has been sent off.
The referee is checking the play, because there seems to be some contact against Pulisic inside the box.
The second period of extra-time just started
Reggie Cannon replaces DeAndre Yedlin in right back position.
Lainez squeezes the cross inside the six, but Horvath was able to block it anc take control of the ball.
Diego Lainez shoots from the distance and the ball barely goes wide. The Real Betis player has been key since he entered the match for the Mexico national team.
Andres Guardado and Carlos Salcedo come in to the game, replacing Hector Herrera and Hector Moreno. This is Mexico's last substitutions in the game.
McKenzie tackles Luis Romo, but the referee decides not to book him with a second yellow card.
Diego Lainez has made his presence felt since he entered the game. He keeps connecting with his teammates to create opportunities.
Yedlin goes down and he might need to be substituted. The USMNT has one sub left due to stoppgae time.
The game will go to stoppage time! If the result remains the same it will go to penalty kicks.
As part of CONCACAF anti-discrimination protocol, the match has been temporarily suspended due to offensive chants in the stadium.
Hector Herrera receives a yellow card after the hit on Horvath.
The man of the hour! Horvath with the strong hand blocks the shot from Edson Alvarez, who was cuaght offside.
Seven minutes added on.
Horvath with an amazing save! After Lozano took a shot from the sitance.
Diego Lainez is taken down just outside the box. Now Mexico has an opportunity to end the game with a set piece.
Tyler Adams comes in to replace Ream. Also Reyna comes out and Sebastian Lletget takes his place.
W-E-S-T-O-N MCKENNIE with the header and elevates to find the back of the net! We are tied 2-2 with less than 10 minutes left.
DIEGO LAINEZ! DIEGOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow what an individual play from the Real Betis player who made his presence felt and riffles the ball inside the box to give Mexico the lead.
Uriel Antuna comes out and he is replaced by Diego Lainez.
GUILLERMO OCHOA! He does it again! McKenzie headers the ball inside the six after a corner kick, but the goalkeeper from Mexico saves the ball from finding the back of the net.
Uriel Antuna controls the ball near the box and as he was getting past brooks, Gio Reyna came to the aid and sent the ball outside.
There wa sa little scuffle between Nestor Araujo and USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter, but it didn't go that far and no one was booked.
WHAT A SAVE FROM GUILLERMO OCHOA! Weston McKennie headers the ball inside the six after a corner kick and Ochoa cleared the danger.
Zack Steffen can't continue and he has to be replaced by Ethan Horvath. Also Sargent leaves the game and Theoson Siebatcheu comes in.
Double substitution for 'El Tri' Henry Martín and Luis Romo come in to the game. The players that came out are CharlyRodríguez and Luis Romo.
Zach Steffen goes down and he might be replaced before the second hafl ends.
Shot from Weston McKennie from outside the box was blocked by Guillermo Ochoa. The goalkeeper from Mexico gave a rebound, but Josh Sargent was not able to capitalized.
First substitution for the USMNT. Sergiño Dest comes out and he is replaced by Timothy Weah.
The Porto player gets up and he willl continue playing.
Jesús Corona goes down with a lot of paiin.
Sergiño Dest volleys the ball after a corner kick, but he is not able to find the back of the net.
Corner kick in favor of the USMNT.
Both teams are fighting to take control of the midfield during this part of the game.
Hector Herrera tackles Kellyn Acosta in the middle of the field.
Gio Reyna attempts a cross inside the box, but it went to high.
The second half has started between Mexico and United States for the CONCACAF Nations League final.
Claudio Reyna left a legacy with the USMNT and now his son just debuted at the biggest stage against theiir biggest rival, the Mexico national team.
WHAT A SAVE! Zach Steffen made an amazing! Herrera gave a wonderful pass to Hirving Lozano to leave the Napoli player alone against the Manchester City goalkeeper. Steffen makes a massive save as Lozano tried to curl the ball before entering the box.
Uriel Antuna makes a solo play on the right wing and he crossed the ball for Hirving Lozano who was inside the box and failed to impact the ball correctly. Another clear chance for 'El Tri' to increase the lead, but the Napoli player wasn't able to find the back of the net.
Gio Reyna gets down the right and puts in a cross to the back post but it's just a bit too heavy for Sargent.
Gio Reyna is the second youngest American to score against Mexico.Weston McKennie headered the ball after a corner kick, but his shot hit the post and Gio Reyna was inside the six to take advantage of the rebound and equalize the game.
GOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!! Gio Reyna levels the score with a clinical finish inside the six! What a goal for the 18-year-old.
Hector Herrera puts the ball inside the six and it caught all of the USMNT defense off guard. The referee checked the play and the Mexican defender was indeed offside. So the decision was reversed.
Christian Pulisic tries to enter the box from the left wing, but he committed a foul inside the box.
Gio Reyna is caught off side.
Hector Moreno gives a long ball to Hirving Lozano, who was onside, but failed to control the ball and wasted another clear chance to extend the lead.
Jonathan Brooks from the USMNT receives a yellow card. First booking of the game.
Yedlin makes a late challenge on 'Tecatito' Corona, who goes down immediately, but receives no booking by the referee,
Josh Sargent intercepts the ball in the midfield and he is able to break away. The American striker enters the box and as the angle was closing he is able to shoot the ball, but goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa was able to block it and keep the clean sheet in the beginning of the match.
The high pressure from the Mexican side paid off and in the second minute of the game they take the lead thanks to 'Tecatito' Corona. The Porto Player intercepted a ball inside the box and riffled the ball inside the six to beat Steffen.
Early mistake from the USMNT defense and in 79 seconds Jesús Corona scores the opening goal. The Mexican international was alert and was active and capitalized from the mistake made by McKenzie inside the box to beat goalkeeper Zack Steffen.
And AWAY WE GO!
Both teams have entered the Empowered Field at Mile High and the Mexican national anthem was played first, since they are the away team, and it is followed up by the United States national anthem.
This is the starting XI for the Mexico national team who wants to win the inaugural edition of the CONCACAF Nations League.
The Mexico national team has arrived to the Empower Field at Mile High ahead of the game against the USMNT for the CONCACAF Nations League final.
This tournament is the main association football competition of the men’s national football teams from CONCACAF. The Gold Cup is held every two years and its inaugural tournament was in 1991. Since then the GC has only had three different champions: Mexico (8), the USMNT (6) and Canada (1). Now each of the four remaining teams from the CNL are aiming to add another trophy in their cabinet and book their ticket to the final at the Empower Field at Mile High.
Lifting the Champions League title was a special moment for Pulisic, who has been battling with injuries throughout the season. Chelsea’s No 10 became the 10th CONCACAF player to win football's most prestigious club competition. Now he wants to win the first international trophy in his career with the USMNT.
The United States men’s national team will have a busy summer with the CONCACAF Nations League finals and the Gold Cup. The expectations are high for this team because of the amount of players that are playing in Europe’s top tier leagues like Weston McKennie (Juventus), Sergiño Dest (FC Barcelona) and Christian Pulisic (Chelsea), just to name a few.
It is time for the 'golden generation' to shine! This is the starting XI to face Mexico in search of the first title since 2017.
Ochoa has been called to the Mexico national team since 2005 and he has been included in the squads for four FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018). The veteran goalkeeper is 35-years-old and he believes he is in top shape to play one more World Cup with Mexico.
“Tyler is recovered and ready to go, so for us it’s about making the decision on if he’ll start the game or not,” said USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter.
When we talk about money, the USMNT is worth a whole lot lately. According to Transfermarkt, the USMNT roster for this tournament is valued at $310.3 million, with Christian Pulisic being the most valuable with a market value of $55 million. The second most valuable American is Gio Reyna from Borussia Dortmund with a price tag of around $42 million.
Now it is time that the ‘golden generation’ starts winning championships, since they failed to qualify to the 2018 World Cup and haven’t won a title since the 2017 Gold Cup. Prior to facing Honduras in the semi-final of the CONCACAF Nations League, Chelsea’s No 10 spoke about his thirst for titles.
“This year will be a test for us and we will know what this team is capable of. I believe in this group of players and the potential they have, but now it’s time for them to demonstrate it on the pitch. We have to start winning, because that will give us confidence for what’s ahead,” Berhalter said during Bobby Warshaw’s podcast.
During their four group games, the USMNT netted 15 goals and they have only lost once in their last 11 matches in all competitions. But Gerardo Martino’s men also go into the match in good form, as they have lost just once in their last 14 games.
Gregg Berhalter's side qualified for the final round of the competition after beating Honduras, while Mexico defeated Costa Rica on penalties.
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