Barrera ready for final

Pablo Barrera could be a key man as Mexico take on the United States in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final overnight.

The West Ham United winger made both goals as El Tri won through to the showpiece match in Pasadena with a 2-0 after extra time defeat of Honduras on Wednesday. Barrera's precision from corners led to strikes in the additional 30 minutes for Aldo De Nigris and Javier Hernandez.

The host nation Americans won through after a solitary Clint Dempsey goal was enough to see off Panama in their last-four tie. Despite home advantage, the vast majority of the California crowd are set to favour the Mexicans.

Mexico and the US have dominated the ten Gold Cups since the competition took its current form in 1991, winning nine of them. The US beat Mexico in the 2007 final before El Tri took the title with revenge in the 2009 edition.