USA Vs. Mexico, 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro) Final: Andres Guardado, Carlos Salcido Both Game Time Decisions

After picking up knocks and being substituted out of the match against Honduras, Mexico's left sided tandem of Andres Guardado and Carlos Salcido were called questionable for the Gold Cup final. Now, on the morning of the game against the United States, their status isn't any different. We still don't know if the pair will be playing against the USA, probably because 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre doesn't know either. According to him, both players are game time decisions.

If Salcido isn't able to go, his replacement is obvious and shouldn't change Mexico much at all. UANL Tigres left back Jose Torres Nilo is a class player and the drop-off will be minimal. He doesn't have the size or big game experience of Salcido, but he's got the pace and he's actually a better crosser of the ball with his left foot.

Replacing Guardado is a completely different situation entirely, as Mexico don't have a like for like replacement lined up. The closest thing to a like for like change is Angel Reyna, but if Chepo wants to get his best players on the pitch rather than sacrificing quality for shape, he could opt to move Giovani dos Santos to the left, bringing in Aldo de Nigris and switching to a 4-4-2. Elias Hernandez is another potential starter, but he generally prefers to play on the right.

For more on how the two teams got to this point, check out our USA vs. Panama stream and our Mexico vs. Honduras stream. For more updates leading up to USA vs. Mexico, bookmark this StoryStream. For all of our previous Gold Cup coverage, check out the Gold Cup 2011 section. For more on Mexican football, including the Mexican national team, the Mexico vs. USA game, and the Mexican Primera, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State Of Mind.

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