CHICAGO, Illinois -- The United States and Mexico will square off at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sunday night in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Final.
This is the sixth final between the two teams in 15 editions of the tournament, with Mexico winning four of the prior five. They meet for the 6th time in the tournament´s 15 years, with Mexico winning four out of the last five Gold Cups.
The United States, reigning champion of the 2017 Gold Cup, will defend their crown at Soldier Field in Chicago. The 95-year-old field is the only stage in Gold Cup history where the United States has been able to win in the five times it has faced Mexico in the final.
The two will meet in the final for the first time in 8 years, however, this is not the most recent encounter between both teams. In 2015, Mexico won the Gold Cup and the United States took the cup in 2013 resulting in a match at the Concacaf Cup in 2015 to determine the representative country of Concacaf in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.
A total of 93,420 fans at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California witnessed an exciting win by Mexico 3-2 in extra time after a 1-1 draw after 90 minutes. Javier Hernandez put El Tri ahead 10 minutes into the first half and defender Geoff Cameron equalized after 15 minutes. In extra time, Oribe Peralta scored to put Mexico ahead 2-1 at 96 minutes. Bobby Wood equalized again at 108th minute and Paul Aguilar two minutes from the end of extra time scored clinching the final 3-2.
Of those players who were in the Copa Concacaf match, Hector Moreno, Andres Guardado, and Raul Jimenez return to represent Mexico. Michael Bradley, Gyasi Zardes and Jozy Altidore will return to face-off on Sunday.
Here’s a look back at each one:
July 25, 1993: Mexico City, Mexico - Estadio Azteca (Att: 130,800)
Mexico-USA. 4: 0 (2: 0)
Ignacio Ambriz 12 '; own-goal, Desmond Armstrong 31 '; Luis Roberto Alves 71 '; Guillermo Cantú 80 '
After the U.S. pulled off the shock of the summer in 1991 by beating Mexico 2-0 in the semifinals of the first ever Gold Cup, El Tricolor exacted revenge in the 1993 Final. Played in front of a crowd of over 130,000 at Estadio Azteca, Mexico routed the U.S. 4-0, as Captain Jorge Campos lifted the Gold Cup for the first time.
February 15, 1998: Los Angeles, California, USA. - Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Att: 91.255)
USA-Mexico 0: 1 (0: 1) Luis Hernandez 43 '
A magical run for the U.S., led by the heroics of Preki, was halted in the final by Luis Hernandez, who headed home past GK Kasey Keller for the game’s only goal.
June 24, 2007: Chicago, Illinois, USA. - Soldier Field (A: 60,000)
USA-Mexico 2: 1 (0: 1) Penalty Landon Donovan 62 '; Benny Feilhaber 72 '/ Andres Guardado 44'
The only win for the U.S. against Mexico in a Gold Cup Final came at the same venue that will host this Sunday’s showdown. Andres Guardado gave Mexico the lead in the first half, before Landon Donovan converted a penalty and Benny Feilhaber scored one of the greatest Gold Cup goals, a stunning volley to win it all.
July 26, 2009: East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA. - Giants Stadium (A: 79.156)
USA-Mexico 0: 5 (0: 0) Gerardo Torrado 56 '; Giovani Dos Santos 62 '; Carlos Vela 67 '; Jose Antonio Castro 79 '; Guillermo Franco 90 '
In the most lopsided victory for Mexico against the United States since 1958 Concacaf World Cup Qualifying, El Tricolor beat the U.S. 5-0. A young U.S. team held strong early before Mexico came alive. All five goals were scored in the second half.
June 25, 2011: Pasadena, California, USA. - Rose Bowl (A: 93.420)
USA-Mexico 2: 4 (0: 0) Michael Bradley 8 '; Landon Donovan 23 '/ Pablo Barrera 29', 50 '; Andres Guardado 36 '; Giovani Dos Santos 76 '
Regarded as perhaps the greatest game in tournament history, Mexico overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the U.S. 4-2 in Pasadena, the last time the two teams matched up in a Gold Cup Final. Giovani dos Santos capped off the historic comeback with a virtuoso dribbling performance and an iconic chipped finish that will live in Gold Cup lore for decades to come.