[BY THE NUMBERS] A case can be made that the Gold Cup is the most popular of the regional championships. In addition, the 2011 edition of the Concacaf championship is set to break a scoring mark not seen since 1996 and has been a ratings success on Univision and Fox Soccer.
Saturday's USA-Mexico final will be the fifth between the two teams since the Gold Cup started 20 years ago. Mexico has won three (1993, 1998 and 2009) while the USA has won one (2005). Only Copa America finalists Brazil and Uruguay have met as many as four times in the final of a continental final in the modern era.
The Gold Cup has averaged 43,634 fans for 12 dates, up more than 20 percent over the 2009 average of 36,335 for 13 dates. By comparison, Euro 2008, the European championship, averaged only 36,803 fans a game.
The 2011 Gold Cup has averaged 3.08 goals, up from the 2009 average of 2.64 goals a game. One goal in the final will assure the Gold Cup of averaging 3.00 or more goals a game for the first since 1996.
Javier Hernandez's seven goals in four games are the most a player has scored at the Gold Cup since Mexican Zaguinho set the record with 11 goals in 1993.
Mexico's quarterfinal game against Guatemala drew an estimated 6.9 million viewers on Saturday and was No. 1 on primetime, regardless of language, in such key demos including persons 12-34, adults 18-34, adults 18-49, men 18-34 and men 18-49.
The overall audience on Fox Soccer so far has increased by 82 percent in comparison to its 2009 audience. Wednesday’s United States-Panama semifinal drew 381,000 viewers, a larger audience than 369,000 for the 2009 final between the USA and Mexico.