Mexico versus the United States is the most often contested Gold Cup final in the tournament’s history, and nothing about Wednesday’s friendly between the two sides convinced Miguel Herrera it’ll be any different come summer.
The U.S. defeated Mexico 2-0 on goals by Jordan Morris and Juan Agudelo on a substandard pitch in San Antonio, and Herrera used part of his post-game comments to assure El Tri supporters that everything is fine despite the rivalry loss, Mexico’s fifth series defeat in a row.
Sure Costa Rica had a heck of a World Cup and Panama was the Yanks’ opponent in the 2013 Gold Cup final, but Herrera said it’ll El Tri vs. the U.S. for the title.
“We’re going to face them in the CONCACAF final to go to the Confederations Cup, don’t worry, that’s where we’ll see them,” Herrera said when asked what he would tell fans tired of losing to the United States. “I leave satisfied, very happy with the first half. We had the ball, after we made changes to see more players, but they’re also great players, they were sure-footed, taking advantage of our errors, but that’s part of the game.”
The Gold Cup final will be played on July 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, and the winner will either represent CONCACAF in the 2017 Confederations Cup, or conduct a playoff with the United States for the right to go to the Confederations Cup.
Impressive and confidence-boosting as it was, the States should’ve expected a win against a younger Mexican side on Wednesday. Neither side was near full-strength, but the U.S. did have key pieces in Michael Bradley and Mix Diskerud in the lineup. It’s no surprise that both looked quite good.