Eric Lichaj, Gyasi Zardes - US national team - vs. Mexico
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It's USA vs. Mexico in Concacaf Gold Cup final for first time in 8 years

The last time the US men's national team and Mexico squared off at a Concacaf Gold Cup final, Christian Pulisic and Weston McKennie were in middle school.

But with the regional titans each reaching the title game of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup, after Mexico beat Haiti 1-0 and the US won 2-1 over Jamaica, it will be the first time they're both in the final since the 2011 tournament, and the sixth time they've squared off in the title game in the Gold Cup.

That 2011 title game was a classic, held at the Rose Bowl, with the USMNT taking an early 2-0 lead through Michael Bradley and Landon Donovan, before El Tri scored four unanswered goals to win the Gold Cup 4-2. The El Tri comeback included a legendary goal scored by Giovani dos Santos.

In the meantime, the teams have alternated trips to the final, with the US winning the 2013 and 2017 editions, and Mexico taking the crown in 2015. All-time, in the Gold Cup era Mexico have a slight edge in tournament wins, with seven to the US' six, so this final takes on even more meaning for the countries and the respective bragging rights.

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup final will take place at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 pm ET, and will be televised on FS1, Univision and UDN.