Sports Gold Cup: a final United States / Mexico, as in 2019
USMNT takeaways & player grades: New faces put on attacking clinic in Gold Cup
The U.S. men's national team was impressive in a 6-1 throttling of Martinique in the Gold Cup group stage. A new lineup and formation brought about an attacking verve that will have fans excited again about the prospects of winning the tournament.A handful of players logged showings that beg for an encore performance. Daryl Dike (two goals), Gianluca Busio, Eryk Williamson, George Bello, Cristian Roldan, James Sands and debutant Matthew Hoppe may not be household names, but they put on a show that will have U.S. fans buzzing. The USMNT player pool is truly deep.
The United States and Mexico will compete in the final of the Gold Cup, revenge of 2019, after semifinals Thursday to Texas respectively against Qatar ( 1-0) and Canada (2-1).
In the evening in Houston, the title Mexicans have ripped off their qualification in the additional time, with a goal of Hector Herrera (90th + 9 S.P.). Previously, his teammate Orbelin Pineda had opened the score (45E + 2), and the Canadian Tajon Buchanan had equalized (57th).
Mexico showed it's a serious candidate for the Olympic men's soccer gold medal after thumping France
Oddsmakers didn't rate El Tri among the candidates to win the soccer gold medal at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. After thumping France 4-1 in their opening group game, the Mexicans showed they will be a force to be reckoned with in Japan.The Mexicans were better than France in every sector of the field and it was reflected in the scoreline thanks to four second-half goals by four different scorers: Alexis Vega, Sebastian Cordova, Uriel Antuna and Eduardo Aguirre.
The "Aztecs" of Gerardo Martino celebrated their penalty, all around the middle Jonathan dos Santos, whose father had died a few hours before. They missed a first penalty, when Carlos Salcedo's attempt was arrested by the Guardian Maxime Crepeau (66th).
The United States of Gregg Bellier also carried it on a goal at the end of the game, written by the replacement Gyasi Zardes (86th) on a pass of another replacement, Nicholas Gioacchini. "Niko has made a nice race and made me a nice pass. I just had to find the setting," commented the scorer.
Qatar missed its chance to open the score when its captain, Hassan Al Haydos, missed a penalty by sending the ball over the crossbar. The selection of the emirate, asia champion in title, participated in the tournament as a guest.
The final will argue Sunday in Las Vegas.
The "Team USA" won six titles (1991, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2017) in eleven final in the Queen's competition of the Confederation of North America, Central and Caribbean (Concacaf) . Mexico, octuple winner of the tournament, had beaten the United States in the final in 2019 (1-0).
Results of the semi-finals of the Gold Cup, disputed Thursday:
USA - Qatar 1 - 0
Mexico - Canada 2 - 1
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American Felix sets new women's Olympics medal record .
TOKYO (AP) — The new medal standard in Olympic women's track has been set. American Allyson Felix stands alone at the top and still has a chance to go even higher. The 35-year-old Felix won her record 10th Olympic track medal Friday night at the Tokyo Games with a push down the home stretch of the 400 meters to take the bronze medal. Felix now has more Olympic track and field medals than any woman in history in a career that goes back to 2004 in Athens. She came to Tokyo even with Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey. Her 10th medal also ties her with the great Carl Lewis for the most by an American athlete. She could break that Saturday when she's expected to run in the 1,600-relay.