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That will do it for our live coverage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Mexico and the United States! We hope you enjoyed following along, and will join us again soon!
With this win Mexico have now won the Gold Cup for a record eighth time, and leave as champions, while the United States depart the competition empty-handed.
Cliche though it may be, this match was truly one of two halves. After the Untied States played incredibly well from the opening whistle, having several clear-cut chances in the first half, it was Mexico that took control after the break. El Tri started to dominate the midfield, creating plenty of chances which lead to them recording more shots in the second half (12) than the United States managed all match (11). Then, unlike their opponents, Mexico managed to take advantage of their momentum with a well-worked goal in the 73rd minute that was finished by dos Santos. From there, they were able to hold on to the win despite a late push from USA as the final whistle loomed. Neither side played well for the whole match but, Mexico managed to find the back of the net, and leave deserved winners.
90' + 4'
The final whistle sounds, and Mexico are the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Champions!
90' + 1'
Reyes heads a dos Santos corner wide of the mark and the USA will have a goal-kick.
There will be three minutes of added time.
Mexico make their final change as Guardado is replaced by defender Reyes.
CHANCE! Roldan gets a shot off of a loose ball in the box, but it's blocked by Moreno before it could trouble Ochoa!
Alvarado comes on for Antuna as Mexico make another change.
Zardes heads a ball down to Pulisic, only for the former to see the flag raised for offside.
Strange that USA have made a change in defence while trailing, but Lovitz replaces Ream nonetheless.
Jimenez flicks the ball in the general direction of the goal, though it fails to ever trouble Steffen and goes out for a goal-kick.
Carlos Rodriguez enters the fray as Pizarro departs for Mexico.
Arriola tries to chase down a long-ball but it carries all the way to Ochoa who picks it up on the edge of his own penalty area.
USA win a corner as a Roldan cross was knocked behind by Gallardo.
Can the United States find a crucial goal in the final 15 minutes, or will Mexico lift the Gold Cup trophy for a record eighth time?
Jimenez received an incisive pass between the lines before flicking a deft back-heel to dos Santos who finished the chance well!
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GOOOALLLL!!!! MEXICO TAKE THE LEAD! Jimenez plays a lovely back-heel into the path of dos Santos who, from just inside the box, struck his left-footed shot well, lifting it over a diving Steffen! You have to say the goal was coming for El Tri! Mexico 1-0 United States
Pulisic launches forward into the box and tries an early strike that flies wide-right of goal. The United States should probably be a bit more precious with their opportunities considering how few of them are coming at the moment.
Guardado tries a long, diagonal ball into the box that soars over the heads of everyone, and behind for a USA goal-kick.
Cannon commits a foul on Gallardo as frustration continues to mount on the faces of the USA players.
CHANCE! A brilliant ball played dos Santos into the penalty area who cut the ball back to JImenez, but Miazga somehow managed to get a toe to it and push it behind for a corner!
Zardes clips at the heels of Alvarez who goes down and the foul is called.
The United States, who are trying to regain their footing in this match, bring Zardes on up front with Altidore the player who departs.
Mexico have taken control of this match since the break, boasting over 65 per cent possession in the second half.
The first change is made as Morris is replaced by Roldan for the United States.
Can either side find a goal in the final 30 minutes of regulation, or will we be headed for extra time?
Guardado has the ball passed to him on the edge of the box by Antuna, and the former launches his effort high above the crossbar.
Pizarro has started to really drive Mexico as he's been freed of the stifling influence of Cannon.
Great free-kick opportunity for Mexico after Pizarro was pushed from behind near the opposing penalty area.
A ball is rolled into Jimenez in the box that the forward misses entirely and it's eventually cleared by USA.
CHANCE! Morris rises above everyone and hammered a header past Ochoa, but Guardado was on the post and managed to head it off the line!
Alvarez, who has struggled today, miss on a cross-field pass and it will be a USA throw in their own half.
Moreno falls onto Altidore which incites some tensions again with McKennie the most incensed. The referee manages to cool things down once again though.
It seems the Mexican wingers have swapped sides after half-time with Antuna on the left now while Pizarro has switched to the right.
The referee's whistle sounds again, and this match is back underway!
It will be interesting to see how these sides will approach the second half. The United States have looked threatening in the final third, but have yet to convert which could see the introduction of Zardes or Boyd sooner rather than later. As for Mexico, Jimenez has been barely involved in play and a shift in tactics or players is likely needed to get their striker some chances today.
45' + 3'
HALF-TIME: Mexico 0-0 United States
45' + 2'
Pizarro keeps flexing and feeling his elbow, but it looks like he's going to try and continue.
Pizarro is down on the pitch after his elbow seemingly hyperextended. The medical staff tend to him as play stops.
Pulisic dribbles around the opposing penalty area before trying to chip Ochoa which, fails to surprise the 'keeper who catches the attempt with ease.
Dos Santos hammers a swerving effort from outside the penalty area that fizzes past the near post with Steffen diving.
We haven't mentioned him much thus far because he's largely prevented anything of note from happening, but Cannon has been fantastic for USA thus far.
Antuna pushes forward up the right and then crosses attempts a cross that curls out of play for a USA goal-kick.
Ream knocks away a through-ball that was aimed at Jimenez who was making a diagonal run into the penalty area.
Morris fails to clear the ball and Gallardo runs onto it in the box, only for the ball to then be hammered away by Miazga. Morris got away with one there thanks to his team-mate.
USA slow things down as the defenders pass the ball amongst themselves, looking for an outlet forward.
CHANCE! After some miscommunication within the Mexican defence, Arriola manages to take the ball in the penalty area before dragging a shot agonisingly close to the far post! What was Ochoa doing there?
Another Mexican attack stalls on the edge of the penalty area, and this one eventually ends via a handball.
Antuna tries an overhead kick in the penalty area only for his effort to be immediately blocked, and then cleared by the defence.
Mexico pass the ball around the USA penalty area, looking for a way through the opposing defence.
Tempers flare after Rodriguez hit the ball at Pulisic who was down on the floor following a previous challenge. Altidore certainly has thoughts on the incident, but the referee does well to keep things from boiling over.
McKennie grabs the ball from Antuna to slow a free-kick that Mexico had wanted to take quickly. The Yanks certainly playing the role of antagonists in the early stages here.
Bradley lofts the ball to Cannon in the penalty area and the latter's cross is knocked behind for a USA corner.
A late, sliding challenge from Pulisic after he'd failed to run down the ball and, like Altidore before him, is lucky to not have been shown a card.
CHANCE! Guardado cut through the United States' defence, was found on the run in the box, and skied the ensuing attempt! Arriola did well to chase the Mexican midfielder down to put him off.
Steffen, under pressure by Guardado, hits the ball out for a Mexico throw.
Mexico starting to push forward a bit more now, especially up the wings.
Altidore goes through the back of dos Santos and is called for the foul, though the former does somehow escape without being carded.
It's been almost all USA thus far. Can the Yanks take advantage before Mexico grow back into this match?
CHANCE! Altidore somehow mises from near the penalty area! He had won a great duel with Moreno, turned the defender, lined up the shot... and then somehow pulled his shot right of goal! He almost always scores from there!
CHANCE! Pulisic dribbles into the penalty area after a pass from Altidore, and the former tries to beat Ochoa at the near-post but the Mexican 'keeper does well to parry it away!
A long, diagonal pass finds Arriola on the left, but the winger couldn't shield the ball from Luis Rodriguez who clears upfield.
For those interested, Mexico wear all black, while USA don an all-red strip.
Dos Santos pushes forward up the right, dribbles to the edge of the penalty area and launches an early shot right at Steffen that is saved by the latter.
Referee Mario Escobar blows his whistle, and the 2019 Gold Cup final is underway!
Both sides are out on the pitch now as the national anthems ring around Soldier Field in Chicago. Not long to go until kick-off now!
Just under 15 minutes until kick-off!
We should be in for a fairly level match today as Mexico, who come into this match having scored multiple goals in seven of their nine matches in 2019, face a United States defence that has conceded just one goal all tournament.
Coach Gregg Berhalter opts to stick with the exact same 11 players who started in their 3-1 win against Jamaica in the semi-finals. While a little surprising, it’s hard to argue with how USA have performed at this tournament considering they have scored their second most goals ever at this tournament (15), while also boasting the competition’s best defence. Up front, Altidore will draw the most attention but, with seven different players having scored at this Gold Cup already, the Yanks can score from just about anywhere. Can they fire themselves to the title today?
Just one change from Mexico after their 1-0 win against Haiti as Antuna replaces Alvarado on the right wing. The main player today though will surely be striker Raul Jimenez. If the Wolves’ forward manages to score today, not only will he be in line to win the Golden Boot, but he would also become just the third player ever to score in the group stage, quarter-finals, semi-finals, and final of the same Gold Cup. Can he find a goal against the United States today?
United States substitutes: Gyasi Zardes, Sean Johnson, Cristian Roldan, Walker Zimmerman, Wil Trapp, Tyler Miller, Nick Lima, Jonathan Lewis, Djordje Mihailovic, Omar Gonzalez, Daniel Lovitz, Tyler Boyd.
United States (4-3-3): Zack Steffen; Reggie Cannon, Matt Miazga, Aaron Long, Tim Ream; Weston McKennie, Michael Bradley, Christian Pulisic; Jordan Morris, Jozy Altidore, Paul Arriola.
Mexico substitutes: Roberto Alvarado, Cesar Montes, Erick Gutierrez, Nestor Araujo, Orbelin Pineda, Hugo Gonzalez, Luis Montes, Fernando Navarro, Diego Reyes, Carlos Rodriguez, Jonathan Orozco, Alexis Vega.
Mexico (4-3-3): Guillermo Ochoa; Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Salcedo, Hector Moreno, Jesus Gallardo; Jonathan dos Santos, Edson Alvarez, Andres Guardado; Uriel Antuna, Raul Jimenez, Rodolfo Pizarro.
Now, let’s take a look at the team news!
These sides are certainly familiar with this stage of the Gold Cup as Mexico have won this competition seven times, while the United States have been champions of this tournament on six previous occasions.
Hello, and welcome to our live coverage of this CONCACAF Gold Cup final between Mexico and the United States!