USA Vs. Mexico, 2011 Gold Cup Final: Much Has Changed Since 2009 - LAG Confidential

That the United States and Mexico will be meeting in the Gold Cup finals hardly qualifies as news at this point. This is the third straight tournament in which they've met in the finals and the fifth time they've met during the modern era.

The last time they met, Mexico delivered a 5-0 beatdown. But as LAG Confidential points out, that was with a team that featured such luminaries as Troy Perkins, Logan Pause and Brian Ching. When the USA brings their "A" team, it's a different story, as Clint Dempsey and Landon Donovan have won the two previous tournaments they played.

LAG Confidential does acknowledge there are some changes on the Mexican side that could have a significant influence as well:

Of course the big addition for Mexico is Chicharito. Since joining the Mexican National Team in 2009, Javier Hernandez has made 28 appearances and scored 21 goals. That's just one fewer than Clint Dempsey has in his seven year national team career. He's got an amazing nose for goal, and even though the secret's out on him, he can still find a way to be left completely unmarked. On his goal against Honduras, there wasn't a defender withing ten feet of him.

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