It has been nearly two years since we had a USA vs. Mexico that counts. One of the best rivalries in global soccer will be renewed in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League final in Denver on Sunday (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT).
The USMNT and El Tri have battled for regional supremacy for years and they’ve regularly faced off in a number of championship matches. Mexico has claimed the large majority of those finals (the USA won the Gold Cup in 2007), and El Tri will once again be the favorite, albeit a slight one, at Empower Field.
Both countries will have their first-choice lineups available for this one and both will be led by a new generation of young stars, including Christian Pulisic (USA), Gio Reyna (USA), Hirving “Chucky” Lozano (Mexico) and Diego Lainez (Mexico). Those players labored to get past their respective Nations League semifinals on Thursday, but their struggles will be long forgotten by the time they line up across one another in Sunday’s final.
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The Nations League was launched in 2019 to provide a meaningful competition for the 41 countries in the CONCACAF region between FIFA World Cup qualifying and the biennial Gold Cup tournament. The winner will claim a trophy and the title of best team in CONCACAF. Until the next time they meet, of course.
Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from USA vs. Mexico in the CONCACAF Nations League final. Follow along below.
USA vs. Mexico live score
MEX: Jesus “Tecatito” Corona – 2nd min.
USA: Gio Reyna – 27th min.
USA vs. Mexico updates and highlights
71st min.: Amazing save by Memo Ochoa! McKennie with another corner kick header on goal, but Ochoa got to it.
70th min.: Luis Romo misfires badly in the box on the first chance after the restart of play. We’re going to have a good amount of stoppage time coming up.
69th min.: Steffen is being helped off the field. Ethan Horvath comes on. The USA makes another sub: Jordan Siebatcheu is on at center forward for Josh Sargent.
66th min.: While the U.S. has still not made the sub at GK, Mexico makes two of its own. Luis Romo for Charly Rodriguez in central midfield. Henry Martin comes in at forward for Tecatito Corona, a move which will push Chucky Lozano wide.
65th min.: Zack Steffen crumbles to the ground after intercepting a through ball. It doesn’t look like he’ll be able to continue. Backup Ethan Horvath warming up.
62nd min.: Pulisic with a run down the middle, feeds McKennie for a shot which the Mexico ‘keeper saves. Sargent can’t pounce on the rebound.
60th min.: SUB – U.S. bring on Timothy Weah for Sergino Dest. No one could have predicted Dest as the first player subbed off in this game. Weah to replace Dest at left wingback.
58th min.: A U.S. corner kick reaches Dest on the left side and he volleys the ball wide of the target.
57th min.: More danger from Mexico. This time it’s a good play by McKenzie to stand his ground against Tecatito Corona who blast a shot off the defender inside the box.
56th min.: Mexico’s Charly Rodriguez lofts a shot over the bar in the first real attempt of recent minutes. Both teams playing cautious to start this half.
49th min.: Yellow card shown to Kellyn Acosta after his tough challenge leads to a minor dust-up between the two sides.
46th min.: Second half is underway. No changes from either side.
Halftime: USA 1, Mexico 1
Halftime: You’ve got to imagine that Gregg Berhalter is trying to use the break to figure out how to get his captain going. Christian Pulisic is operating a little more centrally, giving the left flank to Sergino Dest, who’s also been quiet. Tough to imagine the U.S. winning without those two involved.
Wingbacks struggle to have impact offensively when both teams have them. Hence Dest and Yedlin being invisible. Brilliant from Tata.
Looking forward to the halftime changes tactically.
Gregg and Tata are 2 of the best at it. #USAvMEX
— Michael Parkhurst (@MFparkhurst) June 7, 2021
Halftime: A gaffe by Mark McKenzie leads to a 2nd-minute Mexico goal and it looked like El Tri had a second with Moreno’s header, but it was called back for offside. And just moments later Reyna scored. The nixed goal and the Reyna put-back proved the turning point of the first half, though Zack Steffen had to come up with a big stop just before halftime.
43rd min.: Great save by Zack Steffen on Chucky Lozano and Herrera saw his header go wide on the ensuing corner. Big save by Steffen just before halftime.
40th min.: Uriel Antuna has been particularly active over the last five minutes and his ball into the box finds Chucky, who can’t connect cleanly on a first-time half-volley.
38th min.: Sergino Dest and Christian Pulisic are having a quiet game, but U.S. still finds itself even with Mexico. Not a scenario many would have predicted after that 1st minute goal.
35th min.: McKennie wins a ball in midfield and springs Reyna, whose quick cross in the box just misses connecting with Sargent.
34th min.: Tough moment by McKenzie who’s caught on the ball again and it almost results in another Mexico chance.
33rd min.: Another ball over the top by Moreno for Chucky Lozano, but once again the pass is just a tad long.
27th min.: Great reaction by Gio Reyna’s family in the stands:
27th min.: And just like that Reyna equalizes for the USA! McKennie heads home a corner off the left post and Reyna is there at the doorstep to put it home. 1-1.
24th min.: Bad defending by the USA. Poor marking leads to a Mexico corner kick and a wide open Moreno heads home a cross on the ensuing play for a goal. But it’s ruled offside after video review.
21st min.: U.S. fans booing because they wanted a penalty called for a challenge on Gio Reyna in the box. USMNT seems to be gaining momentum.
19th min.: And right on cue, both Pulisic and Reyna get on the ball near the Mexico box, but El Tri defenders block and clear the danger.
18th min.: We’re almost 20 minutes in and Pulisic and Reyna haven’t been much of a factor.
14th min.: Sloppy start by the USA. They’ve had another giveaway in their own end and Zack Steffen just kicked the ball straight out of play on a ball intended for Yedlin.
12th min.: Long ball by Mexico center back Hector Moreno for Chucky Lozano in the box and he almost got to the ball. He would’ve been in on goal. Mexican fans with the early “Ole” chants when Mexican players are knocking the ball around.
10th min.: Early yellow for John Brooks for a foul on Chucky Lozano from behind. He just ran him over. Referee looking to set the tone.
7th min.: The early goal by Mexico weirdly seems to have taken a bit of steam out of the game and the crowd. Both teams feeling each other out now.
4th min.: First shot for the USA. Josh Sargent from the right side of the box blasts the ball into Mexico GK Ochoa. Wasn’t the cleanest of shots.
3rd min.: McKenzie, who has played well for the USA in recent matches, was way too casual with that pass and he was not expecting that kind of pressure from Mexico.
2nd min.: Goal! Tecatito Corona picks off Mark McKenzie’s pass inside the box and he roofs the ball. 1-0 Mexico.
1st min.: And we’re off! Stadium is rocking. This is gonna be a fun one.
9:30 p.m. ET: Time for national anthems. Mexico and then USA.
9:17 p.m. ET: This three-man attacking front for Mexico is going to be tricky for John Brooks and Tim Ream to keep up with for pace:
Chucky as a false 9, Antuna (vertical), Tecatito (1v1🚨), Gallardo (stronger defender) instead of Areaga, Charlie, Edson, HH 🔻in the middle ..
El Tri looking for more balance, less transition (but they still have speed)… #FutbolAmericas https://t.co/3twUGaY90y
— herculez gomez (@herculezg) June 7, 2021
9:11 p.m. ET: More scenes from the stadium:
9:10 p.m. ET: Latest weather report from Denver:
Started raining during warm ups, there was a threatening thunderstorm but from my non expert opinion it looks like it’s gone. Rain has also stopped. FYI pic.twitter.com/NCubzqTBlG
— Nico Cantor (@Nicocantor1) June 7, 2021
8:53 p.m. ET: Another Clint Dempsey fashion statement on the Paramount+ pregame show:
8:52 p.m. ET: Get a taste of the fan atmosphere at Empower Field:
8:22 p.m. ET: The USA make a formation change for Mexico, going with three center backs and two wingbacks. Expect Mexico to target Tim Ream in that left channel. Sergino Dest is going to need to play defense tonight.
USA vs. Mexico starting lineups
The starting lineups are out. Christian Pulisic is named U.S. captain. Chucky Lozano will lead the line for Mexico.
Starting lineup (3-4-3, left to right): 1 Zack Steffen-GK — 13 Tim Ream, 6 John Brooks, 15 Mark McKenzie — 2 Sergino Dest, 23 Kellyn Acosta, 8 Weston McKennie, 22 DeAndre Yedlin — 10 Christian Pulisic (captain), 9 Josh Sargent, 7 Gio Reyna.
Available subs: 12 Ethan Horvath-GK, 19 David Ochoa-GK, 13 Matt Miazga, 5 Antonee Robinson, 20 Reggie Cannon, 4 Tyler Adams, 14 Jackson Yueill, 17 Sebastian Lletget, 11 Brenden Aaronson, 18 Yunus Musah, 21 Tim Weah, 16 Jordan Siebatcheu.
Starting lineup (4-3-3, left to right): 13 Guillermo Ochoa (captain) — 23 Jesus Gallardo, 15 Hector Moreno, 2 Nestor Araujo, 21 Luis “Chaka” Rodriguez — 8 Carlos “Charly” Rodriguez, 4 Edson Alvarez, 16 Hector Herrera — 17 Jesus Corona, 22 Hirving Lozano, 20 Uriel Antuna.
Available subs: 1 Alfredo Talavera-GK, 12 Rodolfo Cota-GK, 3 Carlos Salcedo, 19 Gerardo Arteaga, 5 Jorge Sanchez, 7 Luis Romo, 6 Sebastian Cordova, 18 Andres Guardado, 10 Orbelin Pineda, 14 Diego Lainez, 9 Henry Martin, 11 Alan Pulido.
How to watch USA vs. Mexico in USA
- Date: Sunday, June 6
- Time: 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT
- TV channel: CBS Sports Network (CBSSN)
- Spanish-language TV: Univision, TUDN Deportes
- Live stream: Paramount+, fuboTV (7-day free trial)
CBS Sports Network will carry the USA vs. Mexico match and it will be streamed on Paramount+ and fuboTV (7-day free trial). The match will be available with Spanish-language commentary on Univision and TUDN.