Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago
2021 Concacaf Gold Cup | Group A
Saturday, July 10, 2021 | 9 p.m. CT
AT&T Stadium | Arlington, Texas
English | FS1
Spanish | Univision, TUDN
Streaming | FOX Sports app, TUDN app
Sporting Kansas City striker Alan Pulido has joined the Mexico Men's National Team for the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup, which will gain significant steam Saturday night when El Tri meets Trinidad and Tobago in a compelling Group A opener at the cavernous AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Supporters can catch the action live in English on FS1 and the FOX Sports app and in Spanish on Univision, TUDN and the TUDN app.
Pulido, 30, has returned to Mexico's squad after representing El Tri last month. The versatile forward notably featured as a second-half substitute in the Concacaf Nations League Semifinals on June 3 in Denver, burying his penalty kick as Mexico edged Costa Rica in a shootout following a scoreless stalemate. On June 12, Pulido earned his first start for El Tri since 2018 in a 0-0 friendly draw against Honduras in Atlanta.
Mexico head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino has assembled a Gold Cup roster that features three MLS players in Pulido plus LA Galaxy teammates Jonathan Dos Santos and Efrain Alvarez as well as renowned stars such as Hirving Lozano, Jesus Corona and Hector Herrera. Sitting at No. 11 in the FIFA world rankings, Mexico are the reigning Gold Cup champion, having defeated the United States in the 2019 final, and will look to extend their tournament record with a ninth title this summer.
With the preliminary round done and dusted, the 2021 Gold Cup has been reduced to four groups of four teams. The top two finishers in Groups A through D will progress to the quarterfinals on July 24-25, followed by the semifinals on July 29 and the final on Aug. 1 at Allegiant Stadium near Las Vegas.
Mexico Schedule: 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup (Group A)
- Saturday, July 10 vs. Trinidad and Tobago (9 p.m. CT | FS1, FOX Sports app)
- Wednesday, July 14 vs. Curacao (8:30 p.m. CT | FS1, FOX Sports app)
- Sunday, July 18 vs. El Salvador (9 p.m. CT | FS1, FOX Sports app)
Trinidad and Tobago secured their place in Group A after successfully navigating the Preliminary Round, defeating Montserrat 6-1 last Friday and edging French Guiana in a wild 8-7 penalty shootout after a 1-1 tie. MLS veteran and Columbus Crew SC midfielder Kevin Molino scored in both games and has 22 goals in 51 career caps for the Soca Warriors.
Mexico are 5-0-3 in their last eight meetings with Trinidad and Tobago and haven't lost to the Soca Warriors since 2005. El Tri holds a 16-4-5 record in the all-time series.
Tied for fifth in MLS with six goals this year, Pulido scored in each of Sporting's three consecutive wins from May 16-29 and struck a second-half equalizer in a dramatic 2-1 comeback victory over LAFC on June 26. His contributions have helped Sporting climb to second place in the Supporters' Shield standings with an 8-3-2 record and a league-leading 24 goals.
A native of Ciudad Victoria, Pulido has bagged five goals in 16 career caps for Mexico. The forward made his senior international debut on Jan. 29, 2014, scoring a hat trick in a 4-0 friendly win against South Korea in San Antonio, Texas. He added another goal in a 2-2 friendly draw with the United States over two months later and bagged his fifth Mexico goal in a friendly win over Iceland in February 2017.
First held in 1991 and taking place every two years, the Gold Cup is Concacaf's premier international competition and features men's national teams from across North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The 16th edition of the tournament will unfold in eight different U.S. markets, with all three of Mexico's Group A matches hosted in the Dallas Metroplex.