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Following the heels of their women counterparts, the USMNT emerged successful in winning a CONCACAF tournament. They beat Mexico 2-0 in the final of the Nation’s League. However, the impressive performance of Gregg Berhalter’s side was not the only talking point of the match. In fact, the game was suspended not once, but twice! Moreover, fights even broke out among supporters. Let’s delve into the details.

The referee for the game, Drew Fischer had to stop play in the 88th minute. The reason was homophobic chants among the Mexican supporters. In the stands, Mexican fans were seen trading blows with USMNT supporters. Amidst the fight, bottles were being hurled. It is unknown whether the incident is related to the scoreline or the homophobic chants. The footage made its way to Instagram with the caption, “Mexico fans classless as always!

 

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Four and a half minutes later, the play restarted. Unfortunately, 6 minutes into stoppage time, Fishcer was again forced to halt the match. The game eventually ended in the 9th minute of extra time. Strikingly, the match between the two sides in last year’s CONCACAF Nations League semi-finals also had similar scenes. That particular encounter had everything from red cards, ripped jerseys, and homophobic slurs. In fact, the noise was so defeating that play was halted and 12 minutes of extra time was allotted.

However, just like then, USMNT once again emerged winners on the occasion. And there was no element of controversy or criticism with their on-field display.

A 3rd consecutive CONCACAF Nations League win for the USMNT!

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Just like in 2022 and 2023, USMNT were major favorites ahead of the tournament. And the final once again cemented their status as the best side in the CONCACAF region. The heroes for the game were Tyler Adams and Gio Reyna, two players who ironically had a lot of question marks over them.

Tyler Adams had just returned from injury but his long-range stunner in the closing stages of the first half shifted the momentum of the game. Likewise, Reyna too scored a scorching goal in the 63rd minute to cement the game for the USMNT despite playing just 2 competitive games in the last 11 months. The emergence of these young players along with the likes of Haji Wright, who was instrumental in the Semi-Final, illustrates a good future for Berhalter’s side. Perhaps, a 4th consecutive Nations League triumph might not be wishful thinking.

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Adithya Narayanan

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Adithya is a Soccer Writer at EssentiallySports. A Liverpool fanboy, he takes pride in being alive to witness Jurgen Klopp taking the Reds to domestic and European glory. Adithya loves an in-depth soccer chat involving tactical intricacies and stats.
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