You may have watched Logan Paul vs. Floyd Mayweather. That’s cool.
But if you spent Sunday night glued to the U.S. and Mexico finals for the League of Nations trophy, you’ll never forget it. The U.S. men’s national team prevailed with 3-2 in overtime thanks to a goal by a penalty kick by Christian Pulisic and a penalty retention by reserve keeper Ethan Horvath in the final moments at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver.
If you haven’t caught it, you’ll feel really bad for missing it. At the match, the fans said the following things:
Logan Paul hosted a boxing match against Floyd Mayweather tonight and the USMNT match was the strangest sporting event of the evening.
– Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) June 7, 2021
Come to think of it, it’s the best game I’ve ever watched FAR, it had absolutely everything.
– Tyler Schmidt (@thetylerschmidt) June 7, 2021
USMNT manager Gregg Berhalter called it a “complete mess.” But it was a wonderful mess. It was wild. It was emotional. It was unpredictable. It brought the best and the worst of the people. You couldn’t take your eyes off him. These are the moments we will remember from a truly epic game.
MORE: A live blog about the stunning U.S. victory over Mexico
Hit after 62 seconds
We probably all needed to realize that it was going to be crazy in Denver when we saw Mexico achieve traffic for almost a minute in the game.
No kidding. If someone had told you in that 2nd minute that the game would have two penalty kicks for each team deep in overtime, you just wouldn’t believe them. Here are the most important parts of both PKs:
And let’s be honest, the penalty for overtime deserves an exaggerated referee signal:
The reserve goalkeeper is a hero from the bench
Just like the Hollywood script. In addition, let him save a penalty kick to avoid going into a shootout. And also make sure the goalkeeper is from the same state she was playing in so we can have this moment scored:
And did we mention that he saved a penalty kick in overtime compensation?
Emotion in the stands
Father’s Day came two weeks earlier in Denver. Horvath’s moment with his father was preceded by another proud father who became all emotional. American legend Claudio Reyna watching his son Gio Reyna score his first American goal in a match that mattered:
The fans threw things on the field
The younger Reyna was also involved in the scariest moment of the night. He had to undergo treatment on the field after being hit by a projectile in celebration of the overtime goal.
I’m right in the corner where the USMNT was celebrating, disgusted by what just happened. Some people should spend the night in jail tonight or longer. Gio Reyna was crushed in a temple full of Coca Cola. pic.twitter.com/nI2qUERGZf
– Maximiliano Bretos (@MaxBretosSports) June 7, 2021
And then on the other side of the field, the fans threw more debris on the field. And this time the Mexican Henry Martin was hit.
Empower Field and Mile High *
– Kylen Mills (@KylenMills) June 7, 2021
Fans were not particularly pleased with the stadium today. The match was stopped for a moment when several fans ran onto the field:
Suspension of the match due to homophobic chanting
Organizers are collaborating with the use of homophobic chanting by a segment of Mexican national team fans. Just as the match was entering overtime, the match was briefly interrupted.
As part @ConcacafProtocol against discrimination, the match was temporarily suspended due to offensive chanting at the stadium. #USAvMEX
– American Football MNT (@USMNT) June 7, 2021
Choking retention incident
Mexico veteran midfielder Hector Herrera should have been ruled out … twice. The referee turned to the opposite side of the offense for a foul that should have resulted in his second yellow. And then the judge saw the assistant upstairs in the booth miss this:
Weston McKennie: “I don’t know what it is, but they seem to like to grab me by the neck”
– Charles Boehm (@cboehm) June 7, 2021
Someone is excluded
It was Mexican manager Tata Martino, of all people. Usually a benevolent coach concluded that it was good to hug the referee … when the referee was monitoring the American criminal incident on the monitor! You can’t invent these things.
Coach and player collide
U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter received a verbal warning from the referee for leaving the box and running into a Mexican player.
Berhalter, who was named on the show for wearing Travis Scott’s 6s, had a total hectic night on the sidelines:
Pulisic with the winner
The star was formed when it was most important. But before that he was the worst player on the field for the US. He wore a captain’s armband at night, but was mostly invisible.
When his team needed him the most, he had his feet to perform one of his weaves in the narrow spaces and pulled the contact in the box. He then stepped up to bury the penalty. The best PK performance you will ever see.
This is a week that Christian Pulisic will not soon forget:
McKennie The Man
The best player on the U.S. field was Weston McKennie. He ran for two players and was a force in the attack on a set of pieces. His goal (and Harry Potter celebration) limited his stellar performance, winning him the League of Nations MVP.
He was a confident, emotional leader that the American team should always be:
Amazing is McKennie being hit in the same collision
– HalfSpace (@blharreld) June 7, 2021
Photo of the night
So the question is where will Pulisic hang this in his house? A lair to read, perhaps? This is a picture (taken by Cristian De Marchena) by which fans will remember the night.
Unfortunately, he was also the striker of the CBS studio set:
A rush to a set in which Clint Dempsey is in hunting gear can never be a good decision:
So again, Dempsey may have been too busy baking fellow studio hosts to deal with the attacker who was set up:
Clint Dempsey learned from Kate Abdo that Oguchi Onyewu had a calculator in his binder.
Deuce baked Onyewu in true Deuce style. pic.twitter.com/g54wuMbWgI
– Joe Tansey (@ JTansey90) June 7, 2021
Ribs got a little carried away on the CBS set, and Onyewu apologized for it on the air:
Oguchi Onyewu apologizes on the air for a segment of the pregame conversation that includes a statement that he “came across a table and strangled” Janelly Farias pic.twitter.com/zbrKMms5aJ
– Terrible posting (@awfulannouncing) June 7, 2021
Well, it was pretty substantial. Anyone who watched the match felt what JJ Watt was tweeting.
why take drugs when you could just watch 120+ minutes of CONCACAF football
– Aaron West (@oeste) June 7, 2021