The two most decorated CONCACAF nations meet in the final of the 2019 Gold Cup as Mexico, the seven time Gold Cup champs, takes on the USA who have lifted this titles six times.
The United States, the reigning Gold Cup champions, have lifted the trophy six times and with a win Sunday would tie Mexico for the most trophies at this tournament. The Americans will be making their 12th finals appearance and they currently hold a 6-5 record during their previous 11 appearances.
Mexico, the most decorated nation in Gold Cup history, are going for their eighth title in their 16th Gold Cup appearance. Sunday will be the 8th title game appearance for El Tri and they currently boast an impressive 7-1 record in the finals.
These two nations have met six times before in the Gold Cup and the Mexicans lead the series 4-0-2. Mexico has scored 15 goals in this series while the Americans have scored just six. The two have met in five finals and it is Mexico who holds a 4-1 advantage in the finals.
Who will lift the 2019 Gold Cup trophy? Below is my pick for USA vs Mexico.
Mexico (+125) vs USA (+220): Draw (+220)
El Tri struggled for their second straight game, but an extra time penalty was all Mexico needed to knock out Haiti in the semifinals. Mexico have outscored opponents 16-4 during their five games prior to Sundays final. Mexico opened up their Gold Cup with a 7-0 win over Cuba, then beat Canada 3-1 before finishing up the group stage with a 3-2 win over Martinique. In the knockout stage Mexico beat Costa Rica 2-1 in the quarters and then Haiti 1-0 in the semifinals, both after regulation.
The Americans advanced to the 2019 Gold Cup final with a 3-1 win over Jamaica in the semifinals. The Americans have outscored opponents 15-1 during their five games prior to the final. The USA opened up the Gold Cup with a 4-0 win over Guyana, then beat Trinidad & Tobago 6-0 before ending the group stage with a 1-0 win over Panama. In the knockout stage the Americans beat Curacao 1-0 in the quarterfinals and then Jamaica 3-1 in the semifinals.
I like the USA to lift the 2019 Gold Cup.
These two rival nations have met 71 times in the past and it is Mexico that holds a commanding 37-14-20 advantage. The USA won the most recent meeting, a 2018 friendly, 1-0.
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