Gregg Berhalter makes four changes from the USMNT squad from Thursday’s semifinal against Qatar, inserting defenders George Bello and Reggie Cannon, midfielder Eryk Williamson and forward Gyasi Zardes. Tonight’s Starting XI has a mean age of 24 years, 236 days. it’s the second youngest USMNT lineup during a final, coming in behind the squad that began the Concacaf Nations League win against Mexico on June 6 (24 years, 206 days).
Six players within the USMNT Starting XI are 24 and younger: George Bello (19), Matthew Hoppe (20), James Sands (21), Reggie Cannon (23), Miles Robinson, and Eryk Williamson (24) The Starting XI averages 19 caps Appearing in his third straight Gold final, Paul Arriola will captain the USMNT for the second time tonight. The veteran forward first wore the armband within the 1-0 quarterfinal win against Jamaica on July 25.
Midfielder Kellyn Acosta is tonight’s only starter who also began last month’s Concacaf Nations League Final triumph against Mexico on June 6 in Denver. Both Reggie Cannon and Sebastian Lletget came off the bench within the match. Having made his return to the USMNT in last December’s friendly win against El Salvador, Acosta will appear in his 14th consecutive match for the USA tonight. he’s the sole player to seem in each of the USA’s 13 games in 2021. Similarly, Lletget has appeared altogether but one match during 2021, staying on the bench during the 6-1 win against Martinique on July 15.
Cannon also earns his first start of the tournament. The defender has made substitute appearances in each of the past three matches. Defender George Bello earns his second appearance in the Gold Cup after going the complete 90 minutes against Martinique. Goalkeeper Matt Turner and defender Miles Robinson start for the sixth-straight match. The duo has played every minute during the 2021 Gold Cup, leading the U.S. defense in conceding only one goal in 540 minutes of play. Paul Arriola and Reggie Cannon also started the 2019 final against Mexico, while Gyasi Zardes was a substitute therein match. Substitute midfielder Cristian Roldan also came off the bench within 2019 final.
While Arriola starts his third-straight Gold final, Zardes also will appear in his third-consecutive confederation championship match. Zardes moves into sole possession of fifth on the USMNT’s Gold Cup caps list, trailing only Landon Donovan (34), Michael Bradley (26), Clint Dempsey (24), and Kasey Keller (23). Nine of 11 starters hail from big-league Soccer, with Cannon (Boavista; Portugal) and Matthew Hoppe (Schalke; Germany) the 2 players based abroad Substitute Henry Kessler would earn his USMNT debut should he appear tonight. The defender joined the roster as a medical replacement for Walker Zimmerman before the quarterfinal
Teams are allowed five substitutions during the group stage of the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup. Should the match attend overtime, teams are allowed a further substitution. The USMNT is 20-36-15 in 71 previous meetings against Mexico. The USA is 2-5-0 against El Trí in the Concacaf Gold Cup play and 1-5-0 in the Gold Cup finals. Tonight’s match marks the USMNT’s first at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas and therefore the first senior national team match within the state of Nevada. The USMNT is playing during a Gold Cup-record 12th final. Should the USA win, it’ll claim its seventh confederation trophy.
The USA is currently on an eight-match streak, the second-longest in team history. The record is 12 wins, achieved from June 2-August 14, 2013. The USMNT is 25-6-3 in 34 matches under Gregg Berhalter. Should the USA win tonight, he would tie Steve Sampson (26-22-14; 52 games) for fifth in wins among USMNT head coaches. Berhalter is 10-1-0 in Gold Cup matches. He already sits third all-time among USMNT managers in Gold Cup play, behind only Bruce Arena (19 wins) and Bob Bradley (14).