Houston (USA), July 3 .- The fifteenth edition of the Concacaf Gold Cup has already since tonight the new finalists after the victory that the United States won 3-1 against Jamaica in the match rematch of the match for the title that both teams played in 2017, with a 2-1 triumph for Barras las Estrellas.
This is nothing less than the United States and Mexico, which on Tuesday also won 1-0, in overtime, to the selection of Haiti, the second representative of Caribbean football, which was the positive revelation in the largest tournament of national teams. the Concacaf.
The United States and Mexico will play their sixth final in the history of the tournament, with a 4-1 record in favor of “Tri”, including the last two matches that took place in the 2009 and 2011 editions.
Now, eight years later, the duel, which everyone wants, especially the directors of CONCACAF, who mount a tournament every two years, with too many trips, many venues where very poor group matches are played, is once again a whole reality.
But that’s what it’s all about, since the organizers are preparing the tournament, which began on June 15 and ends on Sunday, at Soldier Field in Chicago, so that the United States, as the main host country, and Mexico can not meet nothing more than if they reach the “desired” final in which they can define which country is at the forefront of football in the region.
In addition, in this year’s edition, for the first time there were 16 teams, which has meant that the soccer level has been still lower than the previous ones.
Neither the United States and Mexico, which arrived without the best players they have in European football, have shown a good level, but they were superior to their rivals and did just enough to reach the final unbeaten.
Although the “Tri” had to win the pass to the semifinals with an anguished triumph for penalties (5-4) against Costa Rica, after the regulation time and the extension of the deputy party at the NRG Stadium in Houston ended in a tie to 1-1.
The same thing happened to the United States against Curacao, the revelation of the tournament, which could barely win 1-0 in a match played at the Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Mexico continued with the same drama in the semifinals against Haiti, who could only win 1-0, a penalty goal (controversial) that got in the time of extension forward Raúl Jiménez, and the Caribbean team in the absence of a minute crashed a ball in the crossbar of the frame defended by the arquero Guillermo Ochoa.
But Mexico made sure, with little football and many questions, the deserved pass to the final of the Gold Cup, his ninth, and in which he will seek the eighth title of champion, which reinforces him as the leader within CONCACAF.
United States, which defends the title of champion, will try to revalidate it and in that way tie with Mexico the number of trophies won in the most important tournament of selections, having now six in its power.
While the “Tri”, in his new project under the direction of Argentine coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino, seeks to recover the dynasty within the Concacaf and avoid having the first serious crisis within a team that, at least in the tournament of the Gold Cup, the only result that serves him is to be a champion.
Mexico got it against the United States in 1993 (4-0), 1998 (1-0), 2009 (5-0) and 2011 (4-2), and also lost it against the Stars and Stripes in 2008 (1-2).
Which means that by statistics, next Sunday, Mexico will be the favorite to consolidate its hegemony within CONCACAF, something that only the US team, which also seeks the same prize, will be able to prevent.