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Robinson revels in key USA victory over Mexico

Antonee Robinson played the full ninety minutes last night as the United States crept closer towards World Cup qualification with a massive 2-0 over Mexico in Cincinnati.

The Fulham full back put in a performance full of energy and zest as Gregg Berhalter’s side overcame their bitter rivals thanks to second half goals from substitute Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie. Robinson celebrated with a section of Fulham supporters in the crowd after the final whistle, handing over his shirt to one fortunate fan having spotted a Fulham flag during his lap of honour.

The Americans moved to the top of the CONCACAF qualifying table on goal difference from Mexico, with Canada in third following their victory over Costa Rica. The USA play Jamaica, who drew 1-1 against El Salvador with Bobby Decordova-Reid playing more than an hour in central midfield, in Kingston on Tuesday night.

Ream helps USA win Nations League

Fulham defender Tim Ream helped the United States win the inaugural CONCACAF Nations League as the Americans won a dramatic final 3-2 after extra time.

The 33 year-old played 83 minutes of the final, having been recalled by coach Gregg Berhalter after missing the narrow semi-final success over Honduras. Fulham left back Antonee Robinson was an unused substitute last night.

Mexico took an early lead when Jesus Corona scored after just 63 seconds and they were denied a second when Hector Moreno’s header was ruled out following a VAR check for offside, with Ream stepping up to catch the Al-Gharafa centre half out. Giovanni Reyna levelled for the States just before the break before winger Diego Lainez restored Mexico’s lead after breezing past Ream with ten minutes to go. Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie headed in an equaliser from a Reyna corner to take the final in extra time.

There was plenty of drama still to come as Pulisic converted a penalty that he wasn’t initially awarded, with VAR confirming he had been tripped in the box. Substitute goalkeeper Ethan Horvath then saved a spot-kick from Andres Guardado as the Americans held on to lift the trophy.

Carlos Shakes Off His Knock For The Dempsey-Salcido Duel

If you’re bored this saturday evening/sunday morning two Fulham players on opposing sides are in action in the Gold Cup final, with Mexico and Fulham’s Salcido shaking off an injury to take his regular left back slot and Dempsey with a tweak in position playing as the furthest forward striker for the US, joined by former Fulham favourite Bocanegra who slots in at centre half. Should be a hotly contested game and with an added Fulham interest it will be worth the watch if you have nothing to do for the next couple of hours. Kick off is at 2 AM GMT.

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Dempsey on Mexican rivalry

More build up to tonight’s Gold Cup final. It’s difficult for Brits to truly appreciate the extent of the rivalry between the United States and Mexico, so Fulham’s Clint Dempsey tries to put it into perspective:

I don’t think you can get tired of playing against Mexico. The rivalry is great for soccer.

Dempsey has a particular feel for the rivalry having grown up on the Mexican border and worked as an amabassador for a Mexican beer company.

I grew up near Mexico and learned from a lot of Mexican players, so I definitely have respect and history with Mexico. In terms of my loyalty, Modelo Especial is a quality beer that’s popular here in the United States and in Mexico, and I’m happy to work with the brand.

Mexicans and Mexican Americans are extremely passionate about soccer … but I think it’s difficult to estimate what my fan base is in Mexico. I’m sure some may appreciate my style of play but have allegiance to their own country’s players. As for the marketing future of American players, I think that it’s pretty limitless. A lot of us on the national team play in countries all over the world, so I think we have the ability to interact with not only Americans but can appeal to other markets too given the right fit.

Dempsey’s also been talking about the task of playing the final at the Rose Bowl. It’s one of the peculiarities of this rivalry that the majority of a sell-out 90,000 crowd will be supporting the Mexicans.

We have fewer fans than any other team. We need more. But we’re a strong team. I hope one day we’ll get more US fans in the stadiums. For now, we’re concentrating on winning.

Salcido: Final’s too close to call

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.