The CONCACAF Gold Cup final tonight is yet another showdown in the storied rivalry between the United States and Mexico for soccer supremacy, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena should be filled with the excitement and drama that passionate fans of both teams have come to expect in these matches.
Mexico overcame Honduras in the semi-final round with a 2-0 victory, while the USMNT shut out Panama 1-0. The last two Gold Cup finals have also come down to these two teams, adding to an already intense rivalry. Mexico won in 2009 5-0 in a laughingstock of a match, while the U.S. won 2-1 in 2007. In fact, these two are so familiar at this stage of the Gold Cup competition that only Canada has won the championship outside of these two teams since 1991. In the third place match, Panama will take on Honduras.
Viewers might have a hard time finding television access to the match, but those with Fox Soccer Channel can enjoy live coverage of the event starting at 8:30pm ET/7:30 CT. The actual match starts at 9pm ET/8pm CT and is set in Pasadena, California in a sold-out Rose Bowl stadium. For online access, make sure to check out FSC's website as well as Univision Futbol. Currently, the U.S. is at 9/5 odds to win the Gold Cup final while Mexico is 13/10. The possibility of a draw is 11/5.
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