The U.S. and Mexico face off in the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League final Sunday, the first time the teams will meet in two years – but with more on the line.
The kickoff is set for 6:36 p.m. at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
The game will be broadcast in English by CBS Sports Network and the Paramount+ streaming service and in Spanish by Univision and the TUDN cable network beginning at 6 p.m.
The U.S. reached the final by defeating Honduras, 1-0, in a semifinal Thursday with substitute Jordan Siebatcheu scoring on a diving header in the 89th minute.
Mexico defeated Costa Rica on penalty kicks, 5-4, after regulation play ended scoreless in the other semifinal Thursday.
This will be the first meeting between the U.S. and Mexico since Sept. 6, 2019 when Mexico won an exhibition 3-0.
Mexico leads the series, 36-19- 15, including a 21-0-3 record from 1937-1980 and 4-1-1 record since 2015.
The U.S. finished first in Group A of League A with a 3-1-0 record to advance to the semifinals. Mexico placed first in Group B with a 4-0 record.
The U.S. is 20th in the rankings issued May 27 by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Mexico is ranked 11th.
The U.S. team consists of four players each who play in England, Germany and Major League Soccer, including Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Sebastian Lletget.
Mexico’s roster consists of 13 players who play in Mexico, four in Spain and one each in Belgium, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands and Major League Soccer.
U.S. defender Mark McKenzie and Mexico defender Gerardo Arteaga are teammates with the Belgian club Genk.
The Nations League competition was created by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, soccer’s body for the regions, in an attempt to have a regular schedule of games for national teams.
Some play fewer than 10 games in a four-year period and need more competitive games to assist the sport’s development.
Join in at regional San Diego viewing parties at O’Brien’s Pub, 4646 Convoy St., and the Hop Stop, 14055 Midland Road, in Poway. Both start at 6 p.m.
The gatherings are organized by the San Diego chapter of American Outlaws, a nationwide fan group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.