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2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals

2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals
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Tournament details
Host countryUnited States
Dates3-6 June
Teams4
Venue(s)1 (in 1 host city)
Final positions
Champions United States
Runners-up Mexico
Third place Honduras
Fourth place Costa Rica
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance144,198 (36,050 per match)
Top scorer(s)Ten players
2023

The 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals was the final tournament of the 2019-20 edition of the CONCACAF Nations League, the inaugural season of the international football competition involving the men's national teams of the member associations of CONCACAF. The tournament was held in the United States from 3 to 6 June 2021,[1] and was contested by the four group winners of Nations League A. The tournament consisted of two semi-finals, a third place play-off, and final to determine the inaugural champions of the CONCACAF Nations League.

The United States defeated Mexico 3-2 after extra time in the final to become the first champions of the CONCACAF Nations League.[2]

Format

The Nations League Finals took place in June 2021 and was contested by the four group winners of League A.

The Nations League Finals was played in single-leg knockout matches, consisting of two semi-finals, a third place play-off, and a final. The semi-final pairings were determined by the group stage rankings (1 vs. 4 and 2 vs. 3),[3] and the administrative home teams for the third place play-off and final were announced on 9 March 2020. All matches in the tournament utilised the goal-line technology and video assistant referee (VAR) systems.[4]

In the Nations League Finals, if the scores were level at the end of normal time:[5]

  • In the final, 30 minutes of extra time would be played. If the score was still level after extra time, the winners would be determined by a penalty shoot-out.
  • In the semi-finals and third place play-off, extra time was not played, and the winners were determined by a penalty shoot-out.

Qualified teams

The four group winners of League A qualified for the Nations League Finals.

Group Winners Date of
qualification
CONCACAF Rankings
June 2021[6]
FIFA Rankings
May 2021
A  United States (host) 19 November 2019 2 20
B  Mexico 15 November 2019 1 11
C  Honduras 13 October 2019 4 67
D  Costa Rica 17 November 2019 3 50

Schedule

The tournament was originally to be held in Texas from 4 to 7 June 2020.[3] However, the tournament was postponed on 3 April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.[7] On 27 July 2020, CONCACAF announced that the Finals would be held in March 2021,[8] though on 22 September 2020 CONCACAF announced that the tournament was again rescheduled until June 2021.[9]

On 24 February 2021, CONCACAF confirmed the dates for the rescheduled CONCACAF Nations League Finals: 3 to 6 June 2021, with the venue and times to be released at a later date.[10]

On 9 May 2021, CONCACAF confirmed the fixture dates and times.[11]

Seeding

The four teams were ranked based on their results in the group stage to determine the semi-final matchups.

Seed Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 B  Mexico 4 4 0 0 13 3 +10 12
2 C  Honduras 4 3 1 0 8 1 +7 10
3 A  United States 4 3 0 1 15 3 +12 9
4 D  Costa Rica 4 1 3 0 4 3 +1 6
Source: CONCACAF
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) goals scored; 4) away goals scored; 5) disciplinary points; 6) drawing of lots (Regulations Article 12.9).[5]

Venues

Initially, the competition was scheduled to be held in Texas, with the BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium in Houston hosting the semi-final matches, and the AT&T Stadium in Arlington hosting the third place play-off and final.[3] However, the planned venues were put into doubt following the tournament's suspension.[7]

CONCACAF announced the city of Denver as the new hosts of the competition on 15 April 2021, with Empower Field at Mile High hosting the two semi-finals, third place play-off, and final.[1]

Denver
Empower Field at Mile High
Capacity: 76,125
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Squads

Each national team had to submit an initial squad of forty players, five of whom had to be goalkeepers, at least 24 days before the opening match of the tournament.[11] The final squads of 23 players (including three goalkeepers) had to be submitted by 27 May 2021, seven days prior to the opening match of the tournament. If a player became injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament no less than 24 hours before his team's first match, he was allowed to be replaced by another player.[12]

Match officials

On 24 May 2021, CONCACAF announced the fourteen officials for the tournament.[13]

Bracket

In the semi-finals and third place game, extra time was not played if tied after regulation, and the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out. In the final, extra time was played if tied after regulation, and if still tied after extra time, the match was decided by a penalty shoot-out (Regulations Article 12.11).[5]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
3 June - Denver
 
 
 Honduras0
 
6 June - Denver
 
 United States1
 
 United States (a.e.t.)3
 
3 June - Denver
 
 Mexico2
 
 Mexico (p)0 (5)
 
 
 Costa Rica0 (4)
 
Third place play-off
 
 
6 June - Denver
 
 
 Honduras (p)2 (5)
 
 
 Costa Rica2 (4)

All times are local, MDT (UTC-6).[11]

Semi-finals

Honduras vs United States

Attendance: 34,451[16]
Referee: Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
Honduras
GK 22 Luis López
RB 23 Diego Rodríguez Yellow card 57 Substituted off 65
CB 3 Maynor Figueroa (c)
CB 4 Marcelo Pereira Substituted off 74
LB 2 Kevin Álvarez
RM 17 Jonathan Toro Substituted off 63
CM 20 Deybi Flores
CM 10 Alexander López Substituted off 64
LM 11 Rigoberto Rivas Substituted off 74
CF 9 Anthony Lozano
CF 7 Alberth Elis Yellow card 90+6
Substitutions:
MF 8 Edwin Rodríguez Substituted in 63
MF 6 Bryan Acosta Yellow card 75 Substituted in 64
DF 5 Éver Alvarado Substituted in 65
MF 14 Boniek García Substituted in 74
MF 21 Jhow Benavídez Substituted in 74
Manager:
Uruguay Fabián Coito
HON-USA 2021-06-03.svg
GK 1 Zack Steffen (c)
RB 2 Sergiño Dest
CB 6 John Brooks
CB 15 Mark McKenzie Yellow card 84
LB 5 Antonee Robinson Substituted off 78
CM 8 Weston McKennie
CM 14 Jackson Yueill Substituted off 83
RW 7 Giovanni Reyna Substituted off 78
AM 17 Sebastian Lletget
LW 10 Christian Pulisic Substituted off 90+4
CF 9 Josh Sargent Substituted off 78
Substitutions:
FW 11 Brenden Aaronson Substituted in 78
DF 20 Reggie Cannon Substituted in 78
FW 16 Jordan Siebatcheu Substituted in 78
MF 23 Kellyn Acosta Substituted in 83
DF 3 Matt Miazga Substituted in 90+4
MF 4 Tyler Adams[note 2] Yellow card 86
Manager:
Gregg Berhalter

Man of the Match:
Jordan Siebatcheu (United States)[17]

Assistant referees:[18]
Zachari Zeegelaar (Suriname)
Jassett Kerr-Wilson (Jamaica)
Fourth official:
Reon Radix (Grenada)
Video assistant referee:
Erick Miranda (Mexico)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)

Mexico vs Costa Rica

Attendance: 34,451[16]
Referee: Bryan López (Guatemala)
Mexico
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa
CB 2 Néstor Araujo
CB 4 Edson Álvarez Yellow card 84
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Yellow card 90+3
RM 20 Uriel Antuna Yellow card 90
CM 16 Héctor Herrera Substituted off 78
CM 18 Andrés Guardado (c) Substituted off 58
LM 19 Gerardo Arteaga Substituted off 68
RW 14 Diego Lainez Substituted off 58
CF 9 Henry Martín Substituted off 58
LW 22 Hirving Lozano
Substitutions:
DF 21 Luis Rodríguez Substituted in 58
DF 7 Luis Romo Substituted in 58
FW 11 Alan Pulido Substituted in 58
DF 23 Jesús Gallardo Substituted in 68
MF 10 Orbelín Pineda Substituted in 78
Manager:
Argentina Gerardo Martino
MEX-CRC 2021-06-03.svg
GK 23 Leonel Moreira
RB 4 Keysher Fuller
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
CB 15 Francisco Calvo Yellow card 21
LB 8 Bryan Oviedo
CM 10 Bryan Ruiz (c) Substituted off 62
CM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda
CM 5 Celso Borges Substituted off 82
RW 21 Alonso Martínez Yellow card 54 Substituted off 62
CF 12 Joel Campbell Substituted off 85
LW 11 Randall Leal Substituted off 85
Substitutions:
FW 2 Ariel Lassiter Substituted in 62
MF 13 Allan Cruz Yellow card 90 Substituted in 62
MF 14 Bernald Alfaro Substituted in 82
FW 7 Johan Venegas Substituted in 85
FW 9 Jurguens Montenegro Substituted in 85
Manager:
Rónald González Brenes

Third place play-off

Honduras
GK 22 Luis López
RB 2 Kevin Álvarez Yellow card 70
CB 4 Marcelo Pereira
CB 3 Maynor Figueroa (c)
LB 23 Diego Rodríguez Substituted off 78
RM 11 Rigoberto Rivas Substituted off 46
CM 20 Deybi Flores
CM 6 Bryan Acosta
LM 8 Edwin Rodríguez Substituted off 78
CF 7 Alberth Elis
CF 9 Anthony Lozano Substituted off 63
Substitutions:
MF 10 Alexander López Substituted in 46
FW 12 Jorge Benguché Substituted in 63
DF 5 Éver Alvarado Substituted in 78
FW 17 Jonathan Toro Substituted in 78
Manager:
Uruguay Fabián Coito
HON-CRC 2021-06-06.svg
GK 23 Leonel Moreira
RB 4 Keysher Fuller
CB 6 Óscar Duarte
CB 15 Francisco Calvo
LB 8 Bryan Oviedo Substituted off 49
DM 17 Yeltsin Tejeda
CM 10 Bryan Ruiz (c) Substituted off 58
CM 5 Celso Borges Substituted off 58
RW 21 Alonso Martínez Yellow card 76
CF 12 Joel Campbell Substituted off 72
LW 11 Randall Leal Substituted off 58
Substitutions:
DF 22 Joseph Mora Substituted in 49
FW 7 Johan Venegas Substituted in 58
MF 13 Allan Cruz Substituted in 58
FW 2 Ariel Lassiter Substituted in 58
MF 20 Gerson Torres Substituted in 72
Manager:
Rónald González Brenes

Final

United States 3-2 (a.e.t.) Mexico
Report
Mexico
GK 1 Zack Steffen Substituted off 69
CB 15 Mark McKenzie Yellow card 86
CB 6 John Brooks Yellow card 10
CB 13 Tim Ream Substituted off 83
RM 22 DeAndre Yedlin Yellow card 90+4 Substituted off 105+1
CM 8 Weston McKennie
CM 23 Kellyn Acosta Yellow card 49
LM 2 Sergiño Dest Substituted off 60
RW 7 Giovanni Reyna Substituted off 83
CF 9 Josh Sargent Substituted off 68
LW 10 Christian Pulisic (c) Yellow card 115
Substitutions:
DF 3 Matt Miazga
MF 4 Tyler Adams Substituted in 83
DF 5 Antonee Robinson
FW 11 Brenden Aaronson
GK 12 Ethan Horvath Substituted in 69
MF 14 Jackson Yueill
FW 16 Jordan Siebatcheu Substituted in 68
MF 17 Sebastian Lletget Substituted in 83
MF 18 Yunus Musah
GK 19 David Ochoa
DF 20 Reggie Cannon Substituted in 105+1
FW 21 Timothy Weah Substituted in 60
Manager:
Gregg Berhalter
USA-MEX 2021-06-06.svg
GK 13 Guillermo Ochoa (c)
CB 2 Néstor Araujo
CB 4 Edson Álvarez Substituted off 117
CB 15 Héctor Moreno Substituted off 100
RM 21 Luis Rodríguez
CM 16 Héctor Herrera Yellow card 90+2 Substituted off 100
CM 8 Carlos Rodríguez Substituted off 66
LM 23 Jesús Gallardo
RW 17 Jesús Corona Substituted off 66
CF 20 Uriel Antuna Substituted off 78
LW 22 Hirving Lozano Yellow card 111
Substitutions:
GK 1 Alfredo Talavera
DF 3 Carlos Salcedo Substituted in 100
DF 5 Jorge Sánchez
MF 6 Sebastián Córdova
DF 7 Luis Romo Substituted in 66
FW 9 Henry Martín Substituted in 66
MF 10 Orbelín Pineda Substituted in 117
FW 11 Alan Pulido
GK 12 Rodolfo Cota
MF 14 Diego Lainez Substituted in 78
MF 18 Andrés Guardado Yellow card 120+10 Substituted in 100 Penalty missed 120+4'
DF 19 Gerardo Arteaga
Manager:
Argentina Gerardo Martino Red card 110

Man of the Match:
Ethan Horvath (United States)[27]

Assistant referees:[25]
Caleb Wales (Trinidad and Tobago)
Jassett Kerr-Wilson (Jamaica)
Fourth official:
Oshane Nation (Jamaica)
Video assistant referee:
Drew Fischer (Canada)
Assistant video assistant referee:
Daneon Parchment (Jamaica)

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 10 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 2.5 goals per match.

1 goal

Awards

Best XI

CONCACAF announced the following squad as the best eleven of the finals after the conclusion of the tournament.[28]

Notes

  1. ^ Though listed with a 17:30 kick-off time,[14] the match actually began at 17:36.[15]
  2. ^ Adams was booked on the substitutes' bench, despite not playing any part in the match.
  3. ^ Though listed with a 20:00 kick-off time,[19] the match actually began at 20:36.[15]
  4. ^ Though listed with a 16:30 kick-off time,[21] the match actually began at 16:36.[22]
  5. ^ Though listed with a 19:00 kick-off time,[26] the match actually began at 19:36.[22]

References

  1. ^ a b "Denver to host first-ever Concacaf Nations League Finals in June 2021". CONCACAF. 15 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  2. ^ "U.S. edge Mexico in thrilling style to win first CNLF". CONCACAF. 6 June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  3. ^ a b c "Texas to Host First-Ever Concacaf Nations League Finals in June 2020". CONCACAF. 9 March 2020. Retrieved 2021.
  4. ^ "CONCACAF confirms plans to rollout VAR in 2021 club and men's national team competitions". CONCACAF. 6 April 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  5. ^ a b c "Regulations CONCACAF Nations League 2018/20 Edition" (PDF). res.cloudinary.com. CONCACAF.
  6. ^ "Concacaf Announces Updated September Ranking and Gold Cup Seeded Nations". CONCACAF.com. 31 August 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Concacaf Statement regarding the suspension of the Concacaf Nations League Finals, Road to Gold Cup Qualifiers and Flow Caribbean Club Championship". CONCACAF. 3 April 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "New Concacaf Qualifiers announced for regional qualification to FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022". CONCACAF. 27 July 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "CONCACAF Nations League Finals rescheduled for June 2021". CONCACAF. 22 September 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Concacaf and CBS Sports agree to multi-year media rights partnership for Concacaf Nations League and new Concacaf women's national team competitions". CONCACAF. 24 February 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  11. ^ a b c "2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals provisional rosters and kick off times confirmed". CONCACAF. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  12. ^ "Final 23-player rosters confirmed for 2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals". CONCACAF. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  13. ^ "Officials Appointed for 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Finals". CONCACAF. 24 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  14. ^ "2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals provisional rosters and kick off times confirmed". CONCACAF. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  15. ^ a b Goff, Steven [@SoccerInsider] (3 June 2021). "USMNT vs. Honduras kickoff: 5:36 pm local (7:36 ET). TV: CBS Sports Network, Univision, TUDN. Mexico-Costa Rica match listed at 8 pm local but won't kick off until 8:36 local (Univision, TUDN)" (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  16. ^ a b Tannenwald, Jonathan (3 June 2021). "Jordan Siebatcheu's late goal gives USMNT ugly 1-0 win over Honduras in Nations League semifinal". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2021.
  17. ^ CONCACAF [@CNationsLeague] (3 June 2021). "You have voted! Jordan Siebatcheu is our MOTM!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ a b "Match officials appointed for 2021 CNLF Semifinals". CONCACAF. 1 June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  19. ^ "2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals provisional rosters and kick off times confirmed". CONCACAF. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  20. ^ CONCACAF [@CNationsLeague] (4 June 2021). "¡Guillermo Ochoa el penal definitivo para darle el pase a Selección Nacional de México la final de la Liga de Naciones! ¡Felicidades al Jugador del Partido!" [Guillermo Ochoa's penalty save to give the Mexico national team a place in the final of the Nations League! Congratulations to the Man of the Match!] (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ "2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals provisional rosters and kick off times confirmed". CONCACAF. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  22. ^ a b Goff, Steven [@SoccerInsider] (6 June 2021). "Concacaf Nations League matchday - 3rd-place game: Costa Rica v Honduras, 4:36 pm local kickoff/6:36 ET (UniMas, TUDN, Paramount+). Final: United States v Mexico, 7:36 pm local kickoff/9:36 ET (CBS Sports Network, Univision, TUDN, Paramount+)" (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ a b Keeler, Sean (6 June 2021). "Highlands Ranch native Ethan Horvath, Christian Pulisic lift U.S. to 3-2 win over Mexico". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2021.
  24. ^ CONCACAF [@CNationsLeague] (6 June 2021). "Luis López ataja el último penal y Honduras gana el tercer lugar de CNL. ¡Felicidades al Jugador del Partido!" [Luis López saves the last penalty and Honduras wins third place in the CNL. Congratulations to the Man of the Match!] (Tweet) (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  25. ^ a b "Match officials appointed for 2021 CNLF 3rd Place Match and Final". CONCACAF. 5 June 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  26. ^ "2021 Concacaf Nations League Finals provisional rosters and kick off times confirmed". CONCACAF. 9 May 2021. Retrieved 2021.
  27. ^ CONCACAF [@CNationsLeague] (6 June 2021). "Ethan Horvath's heroic save, gives the USMNT the CNL Championship win! Congratulations, Man of the Match!" (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.
  28. ^ CONCACAF [@CNationsLeague] (7 June 2021). "Here is the Best XI of the Concacaf Nations League Finals" (Tweet). Retrieved 2021 – via Twitter.

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