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The game that had everything

Denizens of the United States and Mexico get on well most of the time, although the chumminess is usually put on ice when soccer players from both nations take to the playing field.

The U.S./Mexico regional soccer rivalry has been growing for almost three decades, since the professional men’s game took off in the United States.  Earning bragging rights for the unofficial title as the “top team” in the Concacaf (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) region is now just as important for fans and players as performing well in a World Cup.

After a grueling Liga Mx season in Mexico, and with Major League Soccer (MLS) in full swing, few soccer pundits were expecting any fireworks in the final of the inaugural Nations League held at Empower Field in Denver, Colorado, on Sunday.

How wrong they were to be.

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