Christian Pulisic and Uriel Antuna the best of the Gold Cup.
By: Carlos Chicas
Photos: Concacaf and USA Today
Once again “Those in Long Pants” get away with it; Mexico and the United States in the finals of the 2019 Gold Cup.
Both squads did not offer extraordinary things during the first stage of 2019 Gold Cup .
Mexico, which managed to be “Better” against Cuba, which it humiliated 7-0 in the first game of the Gold Cup, had rivals who did not offer much demand. However, El TRI still claims to be the KING of the region, it had difficulties with its other rivals. Against Canada, Los Aztecas managed to win 3-1, and against Martinique 3-2.
Then in the quarterfinals, Mexico faced Costa Rica where they were forced to play 120 minutes and in series of penalties managed to advance to the semifinals winning 5-4.
In the semifinals the TRI faced an unknown Haiti, and while everyone expected a win, thanks to the absence of the VAR, and with the help of the center referee YJ AL-JASSIM, ABDULRAHMAN, and after the good definition of Raúl Jiménez, Mexico is in the finals and faces Team USA.
The United States is going on a long-suffering metamorphosis. With the surprising appointment of new head coach Gregg Behalter; Team USA got to the finals thanks to the good performance of Chico Maravilla Christian Pulisic.
The “Todos” team thrashed Guyana 4-0, 6-0 to Trinidad and Tobago, and 1-0 to Panama in the qualifying round.
In the quarterfinals Team USA faced Curacao who did challenged the local team. However the “Yankees” managed to pass the test winning by the minimum difference of one goal for zero.
In the semifinals, Pulisic threw the team on his shoulder, and the Americans made their way to the final by defeating Jamaica by a score of 3-1
July 7th, the United States and Mexico are going for the crown in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup finals, and if you have seen each game of both finalists, you may agree that the only good thing about this great final, are the appearances of new hopes for both teams. Christian Pulisic for the United States and Uriel Antuna for Mexico.