The 2021 Gold Cup is in its final week and it will conclude on Sunday, August 1 with the final. The tournament has no impact on World Cup qualifying and comes amidst Olympic soccer, but there is still plenty of pride to be had.
Sunday’s final kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is what we know about the participants.
Sunday, August 1
USA vs. Mexico
How USA got here: The USMNT sent an adjusted squad and had to work for its advancement. The US advanced out of the semifinals with a 1-0 win over CONCACAF guest Qatar. Gyasi Zardes scored what proved to be the match-winning goal in the 85th minute and the US held off Qatar across nine minutes of stoppage time at the end of the match. The US advanced to the knockout stage with wins over Canada, Haiti, and Martinique in the group stage. They then beat Jamaica in the quarterfinals.
How Mexico got here: El Tri escaped via a 98th minute goal from Hector Herrera, and while there was only seven minutes on the board from the fourth official, a Concacaf-required stoppage due to the continued use of a homophobic slur added even more extra time. It gave Herrera a chance to redeem the penalty miss by Carlos Salcedo in the 66th minute.