Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
There will be fireworks when USA and Mexico, the two old rivals, face each other in the 2021 Gold Cup final. Last time out the Mexicans defeated the Yanks thanks to Jonathan dos Santos’ goal in the title game, meaning that the tournament hosts are hungry for revenge. Hirving Lozano has been ruled out of the CONCACAF Championship through injury, but head coach Gerardo Martino has no fresh injury worries ahead of the decider.
Midfielder Jesus Gallardo, though, is banned for the Gold Cup finals. USA, on the other hand, set up a meeting with Mexico thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Qatar. Columbus Crew attacker Gyasi Zardes is pushing for a start after scoring the winner in the semis, but, taking everything into account, away win should be considered as the Yanks star players from top European leagues should be sorely missed in the Allegiant Stadium showdown.
Highlighted Player (Hector Herrera):
Mexico international Hector Herrera is a 26-year-old midfielder playing for Portugal giants FC Porto. Herrera began his career with Pachuca in 2010 and spent three years at the club before being sold to Porto. During his first season with the Dragons Herrera struggled for playing time, but he went on to cement his place in the starting eleven, becoming one of the most valuable players for the club.
Herrera has since them racked up over 110 performances for the Portugal side, scoring over 20 goals in the process. Full Mexico international since 2012, Hector Herrera represented his country at the 2014 World Cup.
During the summer of 2016 Herrera was heavily linked with a move away from Porto and was reported to have made a personal agreement with Italian side Napoli, but the €25 million asking price proved to be a stumbling block that ended up ruining the deal.
Highlighted Team (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.