Though the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup has been unpredictable at times, it’s come down to the expected final matchup between the United States and Mexico. They’ve made it this far with a mix of veteran guidance and breakout performances from younger players. No matter how the final ends up, U.S. fans will feel good about Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie’s continued development as well as Tyler Boyd’s emergence, and Mexico fans will be pleased with what they’ve seen from Uriel Antuna.
It’s only the sixth Gold Cup final to feature the U.S. and Mexico, and the first since 2011, but any time the rivals face each other, the stakes feel just a bit bigger than other international matches. With no major tournaments looming until the 2022 World Cup, this is the biggest stage for both teams until qualifiers return in two years.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the United States vs. Mexico in the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final.
United States vs. Mexico
- When: 9pm ET, Sunday, July 7
- Where: Soldier Field in Chicago
- Streaming: FS1
2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup live stream: Watch USA vs. Mexico for free
Each of the following services carries FS1, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch USA vs. Mexico at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2 (home to much of the Gold Cup action), NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, and Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, UniMás, and Champions League action via TNT all on tap. For the Women’s World Cup, it’s especially strong, promising to stream each match in 4K. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list and our FuboTV review.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- PlayStation Vue local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
PlayStation Vue is a fantastic option for soccer fans who already own a PlayStation console, but this streaming platform is available on a variety of devices. FS1 and FS2, where the bulk of CONCACAF Gold Cup coverage lives, are part of the Core package of channels that offer soccer and other sports programming, and the options increase at the Elite and Ultra levels.
- Cost: $44.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Hulu local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV includes sports programming among its broad spectrum of offerings, and as a subscriber to the service, you’ll get free access to Hulu’s sizable on-demand library. (Check out the full list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $50 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android devices
- YouTube TV local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great option for soccer fans, including TNT for Champions League matches, NBCSN for Premier League matches, and broadcasting partnerships with three MLS teams. (Take a look at the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
United States vs. Mexico: What to watch for
Christian Pulisic has been key to the U.S.’s Gold Cup run. He scored two goals against Jamaica in the semifinals by making runs and pouncing on deflected shots from his teammates. There’s been debate among American soccer fans as to whether Pulisic should be deployed centrally or wide, and it’s a testament to his talent that he can look the part in both roles.
He’s not the only key to the offense, though. The U.S. has slowly worked Jozy Altidore into the center forward role from injury, and as the Jamaica match showed, he can help spark the rest of the offense merely by bodying up opposing centerbacks—as he did on Weston McKennie’s opening goal. When he’s started, Gyasi Zardes has had some transformative moments and forgettable moments. Paul Arriola, in his left wing role, has had a solid tournament, and how much he troubles the Mexico back line will be key.
Mexico’s relied on forward Raul Jimenez for scoring, leading the team with five goals in the tournament, but 21-year-old Uriel Antuna (the Manchester City player currently on loan to the LA Galaxy) is right behind him with four. Creative players like Rodolfo Pizarro and Jonathan dos Santos will deserve defensive attention from the U.S. back line, and Andres Guardado is typically involved in Mexico’s transitional game.
It could come down to goalkeepers. Memo Ochoa has been solid from Mexico, including a key save in the penalty kick sequence allowing El Tri to get past Costa Rica in the quarterfinal round. Zack Steffen, meanwhile, has only allowed one goal in the U.S.’s run to the finals, making crucial stops in the closer-than-it-should-have-been squeaker against Curacao in their quarterfinal match.
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