Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Mexico and United States, the two old rivals, square off against each other in the 2019 Gold Cup final. Despite being regarded as hot favourites to beat Haiti in the semis, el Tri sneaked into the final thanks to Raul Jimenez’s goal in the extra-time. The Mexicans are determined to regain the Gold Cup trophy, but seeing that they are without Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano at the tournament in USA, we are not tempted to put our money on Tata Martino’s troops.
The Stars and Stripes, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-1 win over Jamaica where Chelsea ace Christian Pulisic scored a brace. The Yanks take on el Tri in front of home fans at Soldier Field in the title game, therefore, we are positive that they are going to defend their CONCACAF Championship trophy without any difficulties.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan dos Santos):
While playing at a youth tournament in France, Jonathan Dos Santos was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts, who were delighted with what they saw. The Barca chiefs decided to bring Jonathan and his brother Giovani to La Masia, with both passing the trial.
The Mexican midfielder, who was born in Monterrey on April 26, 1990, scored 6 goals in 81 appearances for Barcelona B from 2009 to 2012, but he played no more than 14 games for the senior team in the Spanish top flight. On July 9, 2014 Jonathan dos Santos moved to Villareal and he scored his first La Liga goal in December against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mexico international played an important role at Villarreal until 2017 when he decided to sign a contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. The biggest success of his career, though, is winning the UEFA Champions League title in the 2010/2011 season with Barca. Unlike his brother, Jonathan’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (United States):
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team commonly referred to as the USMNT have been playing at the international level since 1916 and their debut 3-2 win at Sweden. The USMNT have first appeared at a FIFA World Cup in 1930 when they achieved their best ever result by reaching the semi-final of the competition and ultimately finishing third, which remains the joint highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations.
Following the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the United States did not qualify for the tournament until 1990. The US also hosted the competition in 1994, going out to lose to Brazil in the round of 16. Hosts of the Copa America Centenario, the United States will try to record a noticeable result on home soil under the leadership of Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann.
The US have bright history in the century-old tournament and will hope to repeat the glorious 1995 run when they finished fourth.