Carlos Salcido says that Mexico and the United States are so well-matched that there isn’t a clear favourite ahead of Saturday’s Gold Cup final.

No, I don’t think so. The U.S. is a great team, very compact with great players. They haven’t been playing as well as I think their fans are used to seeing them play, but this is a final we’re talking about. We know how complex it is to play against them. I just hope Saturday’s a great day for Mexico.

You go through the different stages and teams get tougher. They’re not willing to give you anything, so the games get tougher. But I think the team’s been getting better as we go on, too.

The Mexican left-back hopes to fit to face his Fulham team-mate Clint Dempsey in the final desperate being forced off early in the semi-final victory over Honduras with a foot injury.

I’ll try to be there. If I have to be on the bench I’ll do my best to support the team either way.