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Goal.com USA's Gold Cup final predictions

Goal.com USA's Gold Cup final predictions

Goal.com's editors predict the winner of Saturday's final between the United States and Mexico at the Rose Bowl.


With the Gold Cup final just hours away, the Goal.com USA's editorial staff share their prediction for the winner of the highly anticipated United States-Mexico matchup.

Take a look at who we pick and feel free to comment below and give us your thoughts on what is expected to be a memoriable contest.


  Winner
Score
Analysis
Mike Slane, Chief Editor

Estados Unidos

1-0 The United States will strike within the first 20 minutes and hold on for its fourth straight clean sheet. Mexico hasn't been explosive offensively since blowing out the competition in group play.

Alex Labidou, Deputy Editor

México

2-1 The United States has struggled offensively throughout the tournament and I predict that will be its downfall. Yes, the defense has gotten better during the tournament but Mexico's backline isn't bad either and its offense looks like the best in CONCACAF.
Shane Evans, Editor

México

3-0 Too quick, too lethal, too good. Mexico will expose a subpar USA backline and close them down at the other end en route to another Gold Cup victory.
Zac Lee Rigg, Editor

México

3-1 Bob Bradley would do horrible, unspeakable evils for a striker as potent as Aldo de Nigris in the U.S. talent pool, nevermind one as clinical as Javier Hernandez. The difference in quality up top should tell in the scoreline Saturday, as Mexico wins and qualifies for the 2013 Confederations Cup.
Nick Rosano, Editor

Estados Unidos

2-1 As has been the case in both these teams' knockout round matches, it will be a close battle. Both teams will trade goals in the second half, but the U.S. powers through and scores an extra time winner.
Eric Gomez, USA Latino

México

2-1 The Mexican team has overmatched opponents throughout the Cup, even if the last two scorelines haven't shown it. The U.S. is dragging its feet into the final and lack the quality players Mexico have on all lines.

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