A match for the ages? Inside the USMNT's wild 3-2 win vs. Mexico | CONCACAF Nations League | ESPN FC

Dan Thomas and Alejandro Moreno are joined on ESPN FC by Futbol Americas hosts Sebastian Salazar and Herculez Gomez to break down the United States' 3-2 win over archrival Mexico in a memorable CONCACAF Nations League final.

0:00 Is the USA-Mexico rivalry truly back after that final?
1:29 How the U.S. overcame some poor play and bad decisions to beat its biggest rival.
2:44 Was this one of the most enjoyable soccer matches in recent memory?
4:17 Was either penalty decision given correctly after a VAR review?
5:02 Christian Pulisic scores the winner after an "invisible" performance.
6:10 Ethan Horvath comes off the bench to become the American hero in his hometown.
7:30 The importance of Weston McKennie at the heart of the USMNT.
8:45 Is Tata Martino's job on the line after El Tri's loss?

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Comments

  1. Joe Juarez

    Joe Juarez59 minutes ago

    This is Pulisic's golden generation, and I think we're going to surprise in Qatar and especially 2026.

  2. rvaldez1081

    rvaldez108118 hours ago

    8:19 Facts 100% Facts

  3. Aggromerchant

    Aggromerchant2 days ago

    Great stuff. But we don't have to hear US Men's National Team a million times.

  4. Umar Elmy

    Umar Elmy2 days ago

    United states has to win cocacaf gold cup too

  5. Umar Elmy

    Umar Elmy2 days ago

    Love u.s.a bbe

  6. mark kim

    mark kim3 days ago

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  7. TP

    TP3 days ago

    Love the Ali shirt

  8. Juvenal Maguellal

    Juvenal Maguellal4 days ago

    About time the U.S beats us and they actually win a final

  9. *XAVI*

    *XAVI*4 days ago

    That game was bought. Lame

  10. Prince Owusu-Ansah

    Prince Owusu-Ansah4 days ago

    This game is the best movie for me this year๐Ÿ˜

  11. HALE IRWIN

    HALE IRWIN4 days ago

    everything you need in sport, this match got them all.

  12. Boughatii Lovren

    Boughatii Lovren5 days ago

    Why are they happy ๐Ÿ˜ƒ??

  13. sld1776

    sld17765 days ago

    The Pulisic penalty was completely clear. Who is that idiot.

  14. McCards

    McCards5 days ago

    Comparable to 2018 Champions League Semis/Finals.

  15. David A

    David A5 days ago

    The U.S can enjoy this temporary victory ...but I ain't forgetting who didn't qualify for the world cup last time around haha ๐Ÿ˜†. Now thats called embarrassment! Good game to say the least

  16. SamplingMastersXLR8

    SamplingMastersXLR83 days ago

    Whatโ€™s embarrassing is not moving on from another poor performance for Mexico at that tournament

  17. rick green

    rick green5 days ago

    Mexico fans arrested in connection with Saturdayโ€™s game were: Pablo Ibarra Fuentes, 30, Isaac Ramirez, 21, Nicholas Sellers, 32, Marilu Carrizosa, 46, and Baltazar Ramirez Rodriguez, 28. PERMANENTLY BAN THESE "PEOPLE" FOR LIFE FROM ALL FIBA EVENTS. @/threeyearbanonattendenceforl3homegames

  18. Outta Savageboy

    Outta Savageboy5 days ago

    They never said that Mexico dominated the match n shoulda won. Plus they never mention that Mexico gave away those corner kicks basically free gifts for the USA.

  19. Ernest Trejo

    Ernest Trejo5 days ago

    I wouldnโ€™t be worried if I was Mexico. They looked superior, but sometimes there are unfortunate losses. Their future still looks positive

  20. Giuseppe Conte

    Giuseppe Conte5 days ago

    Tinpot trophy

  21. Yes Sir

    Yes Sir6 days ago

    The best game you seen in a while USA MEXICO are pay per view games

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    Pearson Tran6 days ago

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  24. Sweenal Bandodcar

    Sweenal Bandodcar6 days ago

    Football is turning into soccer ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  25. Favreian Vengeance

    Favreian Vengeance6 days ago

    At some point the US has to dominate CONCACAF if they're going to be a top WC contender. This includes Mexico. Yea, US got the win and the trophy; but they were still outplayed.

  26. Renzo Figallo

    Renzo Figallo6 days ago

    It was a clear penalty on both sides

  27. chaging1

    chaging16 days ago

    โ€œA match for the ages to comeโ€ USMNT ๐Ÿ†š MXMNT United States ๐Ÿ†š Mexico USA ๐Ÿ†š MX ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ†š ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

  28. Ralph Smith

    Ralph Smith6 days ago

    *If there isn't a brawl, then it isn't a Concacaf game.*

  29. SHAHID WILLIE

    SHAHID WILLIE6 days ago

    The USA deserve it

  30. Alexander Rossi

    Alexander Rossi6 days ago

    Congrats USA ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ from Colombia south America I love this team so much I can see their passion their eager to put the USA name high and world wide in the futbol world, keep growing keep that passion and love for your national team but they also need love tons of love from the fans the US football needs to be more popular need more love make the stadiums shake with every chant made your wonderful players feel their well deserve glory they are doing their part now the people and fans need to do theirs Just a friendly advice and thank you for the beautiful match I haven't had so much fun in years no even with my own national team sadly ๐Ÿ˜‚

  31. Ralf Cebrian

    Ralf Cebrian6 days ago

    Matched decided by VAR and not the referee so why have a referee is VAR makes the decision?

  32. Jared

    Jared6 days ago

    If that tackle against Pulisic would have happened somewhere randomly in midfield it would have been a foul. No contest. No one would have even batted an eye.

  33. BabsW

    BabsW6 days ago

    Dan sonning Seb is brilliant!

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  35. Gabriel Ordonez

    Gabriel Ordonez6 days ago

    I actually thought neither was a penalty

  36. peterhaslund

    peterhaslund6 days ago

    What a great game like a women's match everybody running around eyeing the ball like headless chickens

  37. Phantom Phan

    Phantom Phan6 days ago

    1. Weah, Pulisic, Reyna, McKinnie. USA has a bright future! 2. However, I still believe we need a new coach. Conte, maybe even Klinsmann again. 3. I recommend USA play a 3-1-4-2 (4-4-2 diamond defense) 4. Start Weah

  38. Conor Hunter

    Conor Hunter6 days ago

    Sebastian is so salty about the hosting joke lol

  39. Mario Williams

    Mario Williams6 days ago

    If you trip the man before you make contact with the ball it's a penalty

  40. David

    David6 days ago

    From the UK. Given the population of the USA it was inevitable that once the game took root it was going to start to produce players capable of gracing the world stage and sooner or later USA would start to become a force on the world stage. There have already been a few standouts but sooner or later a generation of players will emerge that will win the World Cup.

  41. Vickzq

    Vickzq6 days ago

    USA will never win the world cup.

  42. Tuff G.

    Tuff G.6 days ago

    I hate Mexican fans ๐Ÿ˜’

  43. Satyajit Menon

    Satyajit Menon6 days ago

    Ale : You know me very well Dan. I don't love many things. Dan- I know. Welcome to ESPN. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

  44. BLaziiN Aztec

    BLaziiN Aztec6 days ago

    Mexico needs competition!! A win for the United states is good for concacaf... maybe Honduras or costa rica can step up..they gave United states and mx trouble in the semis ....but congrats to USA!!! I'm seeing the rematch in the gold cup final

  45. Prod. by Mikey

    Prod. by Mikey6 days ago

    Genuinely the best game I've watched in a very long time.

  46. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson6 days ago

    Wow. Seb didn't show any bias with his take on the pens at all. How is it a pen on Mark McKenzie? He has his arm flush with his side the second the ball hits him. Only just before is his arm away from his body. He's also turning away from the ball to try even more so to not make contact. And how is Salcedo's foul not a pen? If you look at the angles from the back and side, sure, doesn't appear to be. But you can CLEARLY see Salcedo gets Pulisic first then his foot sweeps the ball if you look at the camera from behind the goal. Very clear it's a pen.

  47. Renzo C

    Renzo C6 days ago

    This game was EPIC

  48. SinsVII

    SinsVII6 days ago

    He shushed his own stadium in his own country ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ youtube wonโ€™t let me call him unintelligent

  49. Sheriff BigDog

    Sheriff BigDog6 days ago

    I think the US needed to lose this game. Berhalter is legit stupid and needs to get fired. The tactical and personnel decisions he made in that game were catastrophic. If Mexico had a clinical finisher like Raul Jiminez out there, then we get obliterated because of those decisions.

  50. Wildernesswolff

    Wildernesswolff6 days ago

    One of the best games I've seen in years

  51. Omar Mohamed

    Omar Mohamed6 days ago

    I live in Somalia and i am big fan of USMNT this game was fantastic, amazing and very entertaining football game i watched resume match and it was lovely game. Ale Moreno ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

  52. ERICKA GURIDI

    ERICKA GURIDI6 days ago

    ...WHAT ABOUT THE OTHER US LOSSES? OH! YOU HAVE ALZHEIMER'๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  53. Man With No Name

    Man With No Name6 days ago

    Be a better loser

  54. ERICKA GURIDI

    ERICKA GURIDI6 days ago

    KEEP MAKING FUN OF FANS๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ NON EXIXTING PENALTY....SURE

  55. Rocky

    Rocky6 days ago

    0:17 You could have at least showed the goal scorers for mexico also

  56. Mr Chun

    Mr Chun6 days ago

    After watching my country (Trinidad & Tobaho) get knocked out of WCQ and being sad, this match reminded me why i fell in love with this beautiful game called football.

  57. k tom

    k tom6 days ago

    They conveniently ignore the awful behavior from some fans who threw bottles at players. The next USA home game should be without supporters.

  58. Sheriff BigDog

    Sheriff BigDog6 days ago

    It's American television. We don't show non-whites doing bad things if it can possibly be avoided.

  59. SkyIndigo

    SkyIndigo6 days ago

    Salazar is a idiot. That was a clear pk. Player cut into the path of pulisic and body checked him, completely NOT playing the ball. The hand ball was sus because there was no reaction time or intent to handle the ball.

  60. Sheriff BigDog

    Sheriff BigDog6 days ago

    I agree. If that was legitimate defending on Pulisic, then there's no way to beat that as an attacker. The defender just has to impede the run and then touch the ball and it's not a foul. I don't think the handball was even sus. If the hand is in a natural position and the defender has no time to move his hand out of the way, then a penalty can't be given.

  61. Ulysses Morando

    Ulysses Morando6 days ago

    ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  62. Pearson Hardman NYC

    Pearson Hardman NYC6 days ago

    Soccer > Futbol

  63. JediMindTrickz

    JediMindTrickz6 days ago

    Won more than England in recent years.

  64. Vickzq

    Vickzq6 days ago

    England winning their group in first ever uefa nations league was bigger than this... title or no title.

  65. Phillip Spanne

    Phillip Spanne6 days ago

    Any one who says Mckenzie's conceded PK was a handball needs to get learn the rules and get their eyes checked. First off, it was ball to hand, not hand to ball. Second, his hand is in a natural position. Seb sounds so biased when he says that is deserving of a penalty.

  66. Michael Rivera

    Michael Rivera6 days ago

    Officiating has to be waaaaaay better next time

  67. Born Chyne

    Born Chyne6 days ago

    Why they need to mention us men national team...

  68. sgolan79

    sgolan796 days ago

    For all the lack of class and mistakes, that was one of the most entertaining finals I've seen in years. A match for the ages and a win the USMNT will cherish for years.

  69. Ben Houston

    Ben Houston6 days ago

    An instant classic.

  70. Toubee Lo

    Toubee Lo6 days ago

    I laughed so hard how the ref pointed to the penalty spot for the US.

  71. JESUSLives

    JESUSLives6 days ago

    *John F. Kennedy* ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ’ช โ€œAsk not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.โ€ ๐Ÿ“ƒโœจ *USA* ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

  72. Ken

    Ken6 days ago

    this USA team is heavy weight ... players are from man city, chelsea, fulham, werder bremen, juventus, dortmund, barcelona ...

  73. Vickzq

    Vickzq6 days ago

    And many sit on the bench for most of game time at club...

  74. Real 22

    Real 226 days ago

    This game was fantastic! So much energy, intensity, fight till the end, the goal celebrations...my goodness, is anyone excited about the world cup? Because I am

  75. Jefferson Green

    Jefferson Green6 days ago

    Serb forgot he was a guest ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

  76. Carlos Anderson

    Carlos Anderson6 days ago

    So far away but imagine winning a World Cup Final that way. My God.

  77. j loza

    j loza6 days ago

    mexico isnt doing good. they couldnt even beat costa rica in regular time, and lost to the US. apologies to the US fans, i was not on board with throwing cups of water on the field. i feel embarrassed as a mexico fan

  78. Sheriff BigDog

    Sheriff BigDog6 days ago

    You think that was water being thrown?

  79. Gray

    Gray6 days ago

    costa rica is not a bad team

  80. j loza

    j loza6 days ago

    apparently, its only a game for the ages when the US wins

  81. SWBRL

    SWBRL6 days ago

    Yeah, I would imagine the American media is biased towards the American sports team

  82. Milford Cubicle

    Milford Cubicle6 days ago

    Great game unfortunate team USA has bragging rights till the next final

  83. Carlos Castillo

    Carlos Castillo6 days ago

    I honestly prefer this than futbol picante, they are slightly less bias to mexico, they said the errors of both sides, I was watching futbol picante the day of the match and it was horrible they could not bring themselves to say what was wrong with mexico in the second half and they were undermining the victory by saying they never got better in open play and that all the goals were prepared plays.

  84. Wisdom Tedam

    Wisdom Tedam6 days ago

    Ale looks like a Mexican ๐Ÿ˜‚

  85. anon706

    anon7066 days ago

    so Seb wants to talk all about the pens but no one says anything about the other big ref moments, regarding cards and players that should have been sent off, imagine my surprise

  86. Rick Sanchez

    Rick Sanchez7 days ago

    When is Landon Donavan playing again?

  87. Sam Lynch

    Sam Lynch7 days ago

    Wait a Dan x Seb collab? My mind is exploding

  88. Abhinav Lal

    Abhinav Lal7 days ago

    Ooh boi Dan Thomas is on another level these days.

  89. A.Roy

    A.Roy7 days ago

    Puro pocho

  90. ChrisMKW

    ChrisMKW7 days ago

    Never have I seen Dan and Seb on an epi

  91. islaa32

    islaa327 days ago

    Great game! Itโ€™s been a long time since weโ€™ve since these type of matches between Mexico vs USA. The level of intensity was off the charts! Nonetheless congrats USA. I canโ€™t wait until they face off in Copa Oro!

  92. William Ceurvels

    William Ceurvels7 days ago

    Pulisic hadn't done nothing imo, he was absolutely spectacular on ALL set pieces, unbelievable corners.

  93. William Ceurvels

    William Ceurvels7 days ago

    @Adam Chillingsworth Well yeh, one corner resulted in a goal, the other could have easily been a goal and they were both just perfectly placed, 10/10. He had one really good free kick from the left side too that he served up on a platter, dropped perfectly on like the six. Don't forget penalties are also set pieces, he had a decent one of those :) ...As for field play, horrible first half, second half I thought he improved, but something is definitely off, not sure what.

  94. Adam Chillingsworth

    Adam Chillingsworth7 days ago

    No he wasnโ€™t he had too great corners. The rest were meh. The set pieces were pretty meh too.

  95. mimana2

    mimana27 days ago

    US Team deserved. Champions 2021 USA!!!!

  96. mimana2

    mimana27 days ago

    I wonder if the US fans would have thrown bottles and cans to the mexican players, CNN and other "media" would call it racism... Ooopps.. forgot the double standard established in the country...

  97. Bryson Frank

    Bryson Frank7 days ago

    When I think of a USMNT vs Mexico corner kick, I only think of the Jimmy Conrad goal and celebration.

  98. NรถelใƒŽใ‚จใƒซ

    NรถelใƒŽใ‚จใƒซ7 days ago

    USA all the way. Congrats

  99. Brad Asbury

    Brad Asbury7 days ago

    I really do appreciate how Gregg has built an incredibly young squad with more proven talent in europe than ever before. But he still has a lot of work to do. The US is always going to be superior on set pieces and crosses, but they have to be better with the ball in open play. The tactics and formation need to be more consistent, and he still hasn't found his best 11 yet. If Sargent has a poor Gold Cup, he shouldn't be starting anymore. Apart from John Brooks and Ream, the back line needs to be more solid. And Kellyn Acosta is not convincing as a first team player at all. Great result for this team, but much more improvement needed for WC qualifying.

  100. Shri Tandon

    Shri Tandon7 days ago

    I think that people need to give Pulisic a little more credit than he is getting for this win. A lot of the commentary has been that he was nonexistent most of the game but that wasn't really his fault. Most of the forward play ended up going on the right-wing through McKinne and Reyna just through the natural progression of the game. Had Dest stepped up, there would have been a lot more interplay between him and Pulisic on that left wing. Also, consider that 1) every time he was getting the ball he was surrounded by 3 Mexican players with very little space to move or even pass, and 2) he was coming off of one of the physically hardest premier league and champions league campaigns in history(not to mention that they are playing in DENVER). All that aside, when it mattered, he was there to make the right play and stepped up and took that penalty with confidence.

  101. TH Chan

    TH Chan7 days ago

    Ream sucks at LB. Mexico ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ was attacking him all game.

  102. 1 8

    1 87 days ago

    It was only Mexico

  103. Juan Pablo Marta Damazo

    Juan Pablo Marta Damazo7 days ago

    The United States Soccer Team as well as the Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, Scottish, Argentine and Mexican leagues ... broke the curse of finally returning to win Mexico a trophy in an official local confederation tournament after 14 years Congratulations to United States This is the "CONCACAF Classic Match" "North America Classic Match" Now I need to watch a match between England against Spain

  104. Tone Sants

    Tone Sants7 days ago

    Good game. Good for the U.S but mexico is still the giant in the concacaf

  105. Tone Sants

    Tone Sants6 days ago

    @Adam Chillingsworth If they would of won that world cup it would of been way different. Who has not missed a world cup since 94? And don't u remember all the finals mexico has won. Once usa was growing but went down but honestly i think they have a good future with these players. See what happens in da gold cup!!

  106. Adam Chillingsworth

    Adam Chillingsworth7 days ago

    I think the giant is the side thatโ€™s gotten the furtherest in a World Cup. That would be the US. Lol Mexico is the only non-Asian/ African team to have hosted a World Cup and never made the semi-finals. Loooooolll. Mexico is on Japan and South Africaโ€™s level. And Mexico hosted it twice.

  107. Pedro Lange

    Pedro Lange7 days ago

    Concafaf is too weak for being a own competition, they should play in the Copa America

  108. Jose Silva

    Jose Silva7 days ago

    Concacaf greed says no

  109. segundo Lucero

    segundo Lucero7 days ago

    I love USA

  110. Tokn Nomad

    Tokn Nomad7 days ago

    The big boys overcame the trash manager. Berhalter has to go. Useless garbage.

  111. joelmondragon36

    joelmondragon367 days ago

    No se pudo... ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ #1

  112. Austin claw

    Austin claw7 days ago

    Martinos job in jeopardy?! What!? It shouldnโ€™t be yet. Not even close

  113. Bill Billy

    Bill Billy7 days ago

    This was a heart stopping game๐Ÿ˜‚. Fun exciting,and worth watching.Go USA.

  114. Luis Chavez

    Luis Chavez7 days ago

    USMNT is a future serious contender for elite tournaments with the young roster they have going on. I truly believe this young team team has the potential to grow and mature over time

  115. Iffeany260

    Iffeany2607 days ago

    The tournament is a joke

  116. Dr_ Negative

    Dr_ Negative5 days ago

    @Iffeany260 ok whatever arsenal fan

  117. Iffeany260

    Iffeany2605 days ago

    @Dr_ Negative LMAO I never did. I'd rather watch Asian qualifiers then what north America produces

  118. Dr_ Negative

    Dr_ Negative6 days ago

    Why watch lol

  119. LegendaryKing

    LegendaryKing7 days ago

    Will they ever address the fans throwing trash at players or just ignore it!