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US and Mexico set to reignite rivalry in CONCACAF Nations League semis

The heated rivalry between the United States and Mexico will be reignited this summer as the two nations are set to clash in the semifinals of the 2022/23 CONCACAF Nations League.

The match will take place in Las Vegas and determine which team will advance to the final of the competition, where they will play the winner of the other semifinal between Canada and Panama.

The USMNT are the defending champions of the CONCACAF Nations League, having beaten Mexico in the final match in 2021. Christian Pulisic's extra-time penalty secured a 3-2 victory for the Americans in a thrilling encounter. However, Mexico will be seeking revenge, having failed to beat the U.S. in their last four meetings.

The stakes will be high, as both teams will be looking to prove their worth. Mexico has a point to prove to their fans after suffering group stage elimination at the 2022 World Cup and backing into the Nations League semifinals on the heels of a 2-2 draw with Jamaica. On the other hand, the USMNT will want to continue their dominance over their arch-rivals.

The semifinals will take place on June 15, 2023, at the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. The match will be broadcasted in English on Paramount+ and in Spanish on TUDN and Fubo.

USA and Mexico set for epic Nations League Semifinal match in Las Vegas

The Nations League does not have a draw for its semifinals and finals. Instead, the four teams are seeded by their group stage finish. The USMNT finished with ten points, the joint-most of any team in group stage play, and the Americans held a superior goal differential compared to Panama. In contrast, Mexico finished with eight points, the lowest of any group winner. As the highest seed, the USMNT will play Mexico, the lowest seed, while Canada will play Panama in the other semifinal.

This game will be rife with storylines, including U.S. international Alejandro Zendejas potentially facing the Mexican federation that he turned down to commit to the USA. On the other hand, Mexico right-back Julian Araujo could make his first-ever appearance against his country of birth (the USA).

The match will be the second meeting between the United States and Mexico in 2023, and their sixth meeting in the last three years. With no draws allowed, a penalty shootout could be required if the match remains level after extra time.

In their overall head-to-head rivalry, across 65 meetings, the USA has won 21 times, while Mexico has won 33 matches, with 11 draws. As both teams prepare for the Nations League semifinal, all eyes will be on Las Vegas as they look to secure a place in the competition's final.

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