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Pulisic scores twice as the United States defeats Mexico 3-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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Pulisic scores twice as the United States defeats Mexico 3-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League.

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (AP) — The United States defeated Mexico 3-0 on Thursday night to go to the CONCACAF Nations League final against Canada. Christian Pulisic scored late in the first half and early in the second, while Ricardo Pepi added a late goal.

Pulisic, making his first appearance for club or country since April 15, put the United States ahead in the 37th minute and extended the lead in the 46th. In 59 international games, he has 25 goals, including four against Mexico. Pepi scored five minutes after joining the game in the 79th minute.

After Weston McKennie, Sergio Dest, César Montes, and Gerardo Arteaga were sent off in a tense second half that involved play being paused in the 90th minute by Salvadoran referee Iván Barton due to homophobic chants, the United States and Mexico each finished with nine players. Barton terminated the contest in the eighth minute of the 12 minutes of stoppage time that had been scheduled.

McKennie and Dest have been suspended from the final on Sunday.

With its first three-goal victory against Mexico in 23 years, the United States extended their unbeaten streak over El Tri to six games (three victories, three draws), matching the Americans’ longest, which was from 2011 to 2015.

After Anthony Hudson resigned to join a Qatari team, B.J. Callaghan coached his first game as the United States’ second interim coach.

Folarin Balogun made his debut, starting at forward, after deciding to play for the United States over England and Nigeria.

The US took the lead when Gio Reyna pushed the ball off Montes and then forward off Jorge Sánchez while prone. Pulisic dribbled by the defenders, took two touches, and placed the ball past goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa from the edge of the 6-yard box.

Weston McKennie set up the second goal with a long ball down the left wing to Tim Weah, who crossed. Pulisic, who was running behind Israel Reyes and Sánchez, stabbed the ball in with his left foot from 6 yards out.

In the 69th minute, Montes was sent a straight red card for kicking Balogun when the two were challenging. Two minutes later, McKennie was handed a red card for putting his hand on Sánchez’s neck during the ensuing yelling and shoving. McKennie has been suspended from the final.

Pepi’s seventh international goal came after receiving a pass from Dest, taking a touch, and rounding Ochoa. Dest and Arteaga were both sent off in the 86th minute for pushing one other.

Reyna made his first start for club or country since March 27, which was also the last time Dest and goalie Matt Turner featured in a match.

Canada defeated Panama 2-0 in the first game, with goals from Jonathan David in the 25th minute and Alphonso Davies in the 69th. The third-place match pits Mexico against Panama.

Pulisic scores twice as the United States defeats Mexico 3-0 in the CONCACAF Nations League.

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