22 Facts About Tonight US v Mexico Gold Cup Final


While you’re sitting around with your friends watching today’s Gold Cup final why not bust out a few trivia questions.

Brush up on your US v Mexico trivia by checking out the 22 quick facts after the jump!

• Defender Clarence Goodson became the tenth U.S. player to score a goal during the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup and the sixth U.S. player to get his first national team goal during the tournament.

• Brian Ching and Heath Pearce are the only members of the Gold Cup squad available to Bob Bradley who faced Mexico in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying earlier this year. Robbie Rogers was called into Columbus but did not feature in the 18-man squad on game day.

• Stuart Holden and Kenny Cooper are tied for the lead in scoring for the U.S. with two goals after five games. Miguel Sabah of Mexico leads all players with four goals.

• The U.S. has advanced to the finals in the last three editions of the tournament. The last time the U.S. missed out on a Gold Cup final was in 2003 when Bruce Arena’s team fell to Brazil in the semifinals.

• The win against Honduras stretches the USA’s unbeaten streak at home against CONCACAF opponents to 58 games.

• The impressive run dates back to Sept. 1, 2001, when Honduras defeated the U.S. 3-2 in Washington, D.C.

• The match on July 26 will mark the 56th meeting between the USA and Mexico. The U.S. has a lifetime record of 15-29-11 against Mexico in a series that dates to 1934, but the U.S. has a 13-6-9 advantage in home matches since 1957. Since the rivalry between these two teams began in earnest in 1990, the sides have played 28 times, with the U.S. holding a 13-7-8 advantage.

• The U.S. has dominated the series of late, collecting a 9-0-2 home record against Mexico since 2000. During that span, the U.S. has netted 19 goals, while the Mexicans have countered with three goals on American soil in this decade.

• The U.S. has a 3-0-2 lifetime record at Giants Stadium, with 10 goals scored and only one surrendered.

• The last meeting against Mexico at Giants Stadium came June 11, 2000, when goals from Frankie Hejduk, Brian McBride and Ante Razov helped the USA to a 3-0 victory.

• The U.S. is 2-2-0 against Mexico in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, including 1-2-0 in championship games.

• In six CONCACAF Gold Cup final appearances, the United States is 2-2-2. The two draws, in 1997 and 2005, both resulted in a USA victory in a penalty shootout.

• The Men’s National Team has contested a Gold Cup final at Giants Stadium once before, beating Panama in a penalty shootout on July 24, 2005, to lift the Gold Cup trophy.

• Jimmy Conrad and Santino Quaranta both appeared in that match, with Quaranta netting one of the penalties to secure the U.S. win.

• The USA’s last appearance at Giants Stadium came June 8, 2008, when Bob Bradley’s team played then No.1-ranked Argentina to a 0-0 draw in front of more than 78,000 supporters. Landon Donovan, the USA’s all-time leading scorer, earned his 100th cap that day to become the fourth youngest male player of all-time to reach that milestone.

• The U.S. holds a 38-4-6 all-time record in the regional event and has outscored opponents 93-29.

• With Luis Robles, Jay Heaps, Sam Cronin and Colin Clark earning their first cap against Haiti, 85 players have now earned at least one cap under Bob Bradley.

• Clarence Goodson’s first goal for the United States in the team’s last outing against Honduras means 29 different players have scored a goal during Bradley’s tenure.

• Brian Ching is the leading cap winner and the top scorer on the U.S. roster with 39 caps and 10 goals, including one goal in this year’s Gold Cup. Ching wore the captain’s armband for the first time when he led the team out of the tunnel against Honduras in the semifinal.

• The U.S. is the two-time defending champion of the tournament, hoisting the trophy in 2005 and 2007. The U.S. also won the 1991 and 2002 editions.

• Ching is the only player on the current roster that was part of the team that won the 2007 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

• Five of 21 players have appeared in a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, while one player, Conrad, has appeared in a FIFA World Cup match.

<via ussoccer.com>

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