The United States beat Canada 2-0 in Las Vegas, Nevada, to win the CONCACAF Nations League, thus reaffirming its title. Defender Chris Richards opened the scoring in the 12th minute, and Folarin Balogun, who previously represented England at youth level, sealed the match in the 34th minute. The Canadian team, which included star player Alphonso Davies of Bayern Munich, was outplayed by “Team USA” and has not won a CONCACAF trophy since the 2000 Gold Cup.
This victory reinforces the authority of the United States over its great rivals in the region after beating Mexico 3-0 in the semifinals and a solid victory over Canada in the final. These three countries, which will co-host the 2026 World Cup, will meet again in the Gold Cup starting June 24, where the United States will defend its title as the home team.
Christian Pulisic, who was the hero in the win against Mexico with a brace, highlighted the team’s performance and mentioned that it is another step in the right direction. He also highlighted the importance of taking a step forward in major tournaments such as the Copa America or the World Cup.
In addition to Pulisic, other key players for the US team included Gio Reyna, who provided both assists before retiring at halftime due to an ankle injury, and debutant Balogun, who scored his first international goal. Balogun, 21, has opted to play for the United States instead of England and is considered a great hope to fill the center forward position.
Canada had few opportunities during the match and failed to capitalize on them. Alphonso Davies, who made his comeback with a goal after a two-month injury, was well marked and only had a few chances in the box towards the end of the match.
This victory consolidates the good momentum of the United States in regional soccer and leaves Canada without the desired trophy. Mexico, meanwhile, won third place with a 1-0 victory over Panama with a goal by Jesús Gallardo.