USMNT face Mexico in the 2021 Gold Cup Final for the seventh time in the competition’s history. They have lifted this trophy on six occasions (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, and 2017), and victory would be the perfect birthday gift for coach Gregg Berhalter who turns 48 today.
USMNT’s path to the final:
- Group B Round 1: USMNT 1-0 Haiti
- Group B Round 2: Martinique 1-6 USMNT
- Group B Round 3: USMNT 1-0 Canada
- Quarterfinals: USMNT 1-0 Jamaica
- Semifinals: Qatar 0-1 USA
Berhalter made four changes to the side that beat Qatar 1-0 in the Semifinals bringing in Gyasi Zardes, Eryk Williamson, George Bello, and Reggie Cannon with Daryl Dike, Gianluca Busio, Samuel Vines, and Shaq Moore dropping to the bench.
USMNT vs MEXICO MATCH SUMMARY
It was a scrappy game that was void of creativity and quality in open play. Both sides were poor in front of goal, and the best chances came from mistakes and set-pieces. The game looked destined for penalties until the 117th minute.
Kellyn Acosta floated in a lovely freekick for Miles Robinson, who benefitted from poor marking to head in the winner. The USMNT defended well in the closing stages and saw the game out to win their seventh Gold Cup.
Berhalter’s side has been far from convincing throughout this tournament, and five 1-0 victories echo Greece’s Euro 2004 win. With a squad made up of B and C players, they can be proud of their achievement.
Here are the USMNT Player Ratings vs Mexico live from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
USMNT PLAYER RATINGS vs MEXICO
Gregg Berhalter – 7
Berhalter stuck to his game plan, rode his luck at times, and it paid off. Substituted at the right times and made the correct decision taking Cannon and Bello in the 65th minute for Shaq and Vines. His players worked tirelessly for him and gave him the perfect birthday present.
Matt Turner – 7
A shaky start by Turner in the opening minutes; he was fortunate not to give a penalty away after clipping Funes Mori. He redeemed himself, pulling off several saves to keep USMNT in the game.
LB: George Bello – 4
Bello was poor today and beaten a few times. Taken off in the 65th minute for Vines, and rightly so.
CB: Miles Robinson – 8 (Man of the Match)
Robinson was a mountain at the back, making 11 clearances, 4 interceptions, blocked 2 shots, and won 5 of his 9 aerial duels. Profited off poor making to score the winner in the 117th minute and win USMNT the Gold Cup.
CB: James Sands – 7
Sands has been solid at the back, making 12 clearances, and was tidy in possession. He shined today by always offering himself an option for his teammates to provide them an outlet when under pressure.
RB: Reggie Cannon – 5
Just like Bello, Cannon struggled with Mexico’s wide players and was beaten a few times. Subbed off in the 65th minute for Shaq Moore.
CM: Sebastian Lletget – 6
Lletget worked tirelessly doing the left and showed flashes of creativity. Subbed off for Christian Roldán in the 65th minute.
CM: Kellyn Acosta – 8
Acosta marshaled the midfield pressing the opposition constantly and breaking up play. Floated in a beautiful freekick for Robinson’s goal.
CM: Eryk Williamson – 6
Williamson battled and pressed well but didn’t offer enough going forward. He took a nasty blow to the head in the 14th minute. He made a good start to the second half, almost playing Lletget in. Subbed off in the 87th minute for Gianluca Busio.
LW: Matthew Hoppe – 7
Hoppe ran himself into the ground and was the USMNT’s biggest threat going forward with 6 attempts on goal. He always showed himself and demanded the ball from his teammates.
CF: Gyasi Zardes – 6
Zardes worked hard and grew into the game after feeding off scraps in the opening stages. Had a glorious chance in the 60th minute but snatched at it and put it wide. Showed great strength in the 108th minute to fashion an opening, but his shot was too close to Talavera.
RW: (C) Paul Arriola – 4
Arriola was poor throughout and missed the best two chances of the game, hitting the post with just the goalkeeper to beat and failing to convert a goalmouth scramble in the 75th minute. Not his day.
Subbed off in the 87th minute for Nicholas Gioacchini
LB: Sam Vines – 7
As soon as Vines and Moore came on, USMNT were a lot stronger defensively.
RB: Shaq Moore – 7
Shored up the defense with Vines the moment they stepped onto the pitch. Solid performance.
CM: Christian Roldán – 6
Worked hard but had very little impact on the game.
CM: Gianluca Busio – 6
Busio was tidy in possession.
RW: Nicholas Gioacchini – 6
He looked a threat with his pace and got behind Mexico’s defense, but the angle was too tight to trouble Talavera.
CM: Henry Kessler – N/A
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