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Thanks to U.S. Soccer, here are some intriguing facts and figures from the U.S. men’s national team win over Mexico in the Concacaf Nations League final Sunday night.
* USMNT Starting XI Cap Numbers (including this match): DeAndre Yedlin (64), Tim Ream (44), John Brooks (43), Christian Pulisic (38), Kellyn Acosta (30), Weston McKennie (24), Zack Steffen (23), Josh Sargent (16), Sergiño Dest (10), Gio Reyna (7), Mark McKenzie (5)
* With an average age of 24 years, 206 days, the Starting XI was the USMNT’s youngest ever in a tournament final. The previous record was set by the Starting XI for the 2019 Gold Cup Final against Mexico (25 years, 171 days).
* Head coach Gregg Berhalter made three changes from the Starting XI that faced Honduras in the Thursday’s semifinal, veterans Tim Ream and DeAndre Yedlin on the back line and Kellyn Acosta in midfield.
* Christian Pulisic captained the USMNT for the fifth time. The team is 4-1-0 when Pulisic wears the armband.
* The most-capped player in the lineup, DeAndre Yedlin earned his first start since the 4-0 win against Cuba in the Nations League group stage finale on Nov. 19, 2019 in George Town, Cayman Islands.
* When he entered in the second half, Tim Weah made his official competition debut for the USMNT. He is the fourth player this week to be officially cap-tied to the USA, joining Jordan Siebatcheu, Mark McKenzie and Gio Reyna, all of whom made their official competition debuts in the semifinal against Honduras.
* Weston McKennie scored his fourth goal of the Nations League, tying him with Jordan Morris for the team high.
* The USMNT is 20-36-15 overall in 70 matches against Mexico but holds a 15-9-6 edge since 2000.
* The USA has a 10-24-8 record against Mexico in matches played in official competition and improves to 2-6-0 in championship finals.
* The USMNT is 19-6-3 in 26 matches under Gregg Berhalter.