The 2021 Gold Cup final is getting close. Mexico and Canada will clash in a must-watch game on Thursday, July 29, at NRG Stadium in Houston looking for a place in the tournament decider. Here, take a look at the possible lineups of both sides.
El Tri have made their way to this game by putting three past Honduras in a comfortable win. Gerardo Martino's boys arrive at the semifinals full of hope as they keep on chasing a back-to-back title. Will Mexico take care of business and clinch a spot in the Gold Cup final?
The Canucks, on the other hand, want to pull off a shock and beat the favorites to keep their title aspirations alive. John Herdman's team comes from an inspiring win over Costa Rica that saw Canada reaching their first Gold Cup semis since 2007.
Mexico confirmed lineup
Mexico head coach Gerardo Martino hasn't made many changes throughout the tournament. With Hirving Lozano out since Matchday 1, he found in Orbelín Pineda a great replacement as he already scored twice.
However, El Tri's boss has made two modifications to face Honduras, with Nestor Araujo and Jonathan dos Santos replacing Carlos Salcedo and Erick Gutiérrez, respectively. For this game, Dos Santos is still in the starting XI, while Salcedo is returning to his position. Rogelio Funes Mori proved to be the right man for the job upfront.
This will be Mexico's line up: Alfredo Talavera; Luis Rodriguez, Carlos Salcedo, Héctor Moreno, Jesús Gallardo; Jonathan Dos Santos, Héctor Herrera, Edson Alvarez; Jesús Corona, Rogelio Funes Mori, Orbelín Pineda.
Canada confirmed starting XI
Canada have had to deal with tough casualties for the 2021 Gold Cup, first with superstar Alphonso Davies being ruled out before their opening game. Later, Ayo Akinola and Cyle Larin had also been sidelined through injuries.
John Herdman's side overcame such absences, though, leading the Canucks to a first Gold Cup semi-final in 14 years. This is how Canada will line up: Maxime Crepeau; Doneil Henry, Alistair Johnston, Kamal Miller; Richie Laryea, Stephen Eustaquio, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Tajon Buchanan; Junior Hoilett, Tesho Akindele, Jonathan Osorio.