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USA vs. Mexico: Concacaf Nations League Finals Prediction and Preview

USA vs. Mexico: Concacaf Nations League Finals Prediction and Preview

USA vs. Mexico: Concacaf Nations League Finals Prediction and Preview

Stop me if you've heard this before... the United States and Mexico will face each other once again with a soccer championship on the line. That'll be the case again this weekend as Team USA will face "El Tri" for the Concacaf Nations League Finals title. This will be the 71st meeting between these regional foes, and the eighth game with a trophy at stake. These powerhouses of North American soccer played each other in the 2019 Gold Cup Final, with Mexico emerging victorious.

Both teams had to win tough semifinal matchups Thursday night in order to get here. The U.S. was locked in a stalemate with Honduras until an 89th-minute goal from Jordan Siebatcheu finally put Team USA on the board. The defense held tough the rest of the way for a 1-0 win. Mexico needed penalty kicks to defeat Costa Rica (5-4), as both teams spent 90 minutes locked in a scoreless defensive battle.

With this year's Gold Cup fast approaching, both teams are looking for bragging rights heading into that tournament. When this game kicks off on Sunday night, we could be seeing a potential preview of this year's Gold Cup final. This year's Concacaf Nations League Finals tournament was originally slated to take last summer but was postponed due to the pandemic. Prepare for another hard-fought game between Concacaf's two best teams.

Concacaf Nations League Finals: the United States vs. Mexico

When: Sunday, June 6 at 9 p.m. ET

Where: Empower Field at Mile High (Denver)

TV: CBS Sports Network/Univision

Three Things to Watch

1. Both teams have brought the offense in this tournament

The U.S. and Mexico have combined for 29 goals so far. Team USA scored 15 goals in Group A, with 11 of them coming against Cuba, and the other four coming against Canada. That's in addition to the game-winning goal against Honduras Thursday night. Altogether the United States has outscored their last 13 overall opponents 31-9.

"El Tri" also has had plenty of success finding the back of the net, as evidenced by the 13 goals they've scored in this tournament. In Group B play they dropped seven on Bermuda and six on Panama. They also converted five of six penalty kick attempts against Costa Rica in the semis. They've outscored their last 13 overall opponents 27-9.

2. Both teams can also play defense

For as good as both teams have been in front of opposing nets, they've also been strong on the back end. Mexico has only given up three goals in this tournament and held Costa Rica to 4-of-6 on penalties in Thursday night's semifinal. Mexico hasn't given up more than two goals in a single game since losing a 2019 friendly to Argentina (4-0). They've held five of their last nine opponents scoreless.