Hopefully, with the planned expansion of the Gold Cup, this tournament staple will end. The doubleheader has Costa Rica vs.
CONCACAF is working with key stakeholders on education and actions focused on promoting acceptance and respect in and around its Gold Cup matches. Should this happen, along with the 2026 World Cup, it could easily open the doors to a rotation between the US, Mexico and Canada or even to unified bids from Central American and Caribbean nations in the future to step up to host. Since then, Arena's team is unbeaten in the last four qualifying games, including an impressive 1-1 tie at Mexico last month.
The United States and Mexico are hoping to unearth a new crop of talent as they attempt to extend their reign of dominance when the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off on Friday. "You saw a bunch of people cramp up". We instead expect to see a tight game with chances few and far between.
On the other side, French Guiana will have nothing to lose in what is going to be the most important game in the team's modest history. Five of the 13 finals have pitted the two, but two finals in a row have not. We've got to make sure we get closer to guys, and at the same time we need to make sure we take care of the ball.
Teams can be much different in 2015 versus 2017.
Across the United States of America, three groups of four teams will compete for the title of best team in CONCACAF. "It's not easy because it's only his first start ever for Canada and comes out and scores two goals".
The Reggae Boyz have not been in great form lately after recently losing the 2017 Caribbean Cup final to Curaçao. For the Canucks, Hex means curse and it's not short for Hexagonal or six sided playoff round. Milan Borjan, Jonathan Osorio, Dejan Jakovic, Samuel Piette, Russell Teibert and Straith are each appearing in their third Gold Cup. They'll likely finish with seven points (two wins and a draw), with upcoming games against Martinique and Nicaragua offering a chance to separate themselves on goal difference.
"The year is so important for the US team", Arena said.
Their local pride is so strong that French Guiana talked about playing Florent Malouda, who is ineligible for FG and would cause them to forfeit. Panama is now fourth in the final round of World Cup qualifying, so manager Hernan Dario Gomez will look at some younger players and leave some of his more experienced performers, including goalkeeper Jaime Penedo, captain Felipe Baloy and defender Roman Torres, at home. The usual champions U.S. and Mexico aren't sending their A teams.
The 26-year-old England-born striker moved to the United States to play college soccer.
Costa Rica however is mostly bringing their top side. "It's not just the senior team but the whole mindset of how Canada is preparing for big tournaments and where the resources are placed and where the priorities lie".
The Reds deserved to be up 3-0 at the hour mark for the way they dictated the proceedings and for all the questions they asked of French Guiana's defence. The Gold Cup is the fourth, with an under-15 tournament and games featuring the under-20 and senior teams (against Jamaica in September) to come.
The USA's roster isn't chopped liver though. Villafana, Rowe, Dwyer and Acosta also made their Gold Cup debuts. The Sporting Kansas City star became a citizen in March and looks like he can be a fixture on the A team. Against Panama, on Saturday, he doubled his scoring total, giving him two goals in two matches in a US shirt. At the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament, Nicaragua took part only once. The Confederations Cup is like sitting at the cool kids table at lunch. The victor gets a berth in CONCACAF's playoff for the 2021 FIFA Confederations Cup.
Following the draw between the USA and Panama, Nicaragua surged to the summit of Pool B with a comfortable win against Martinique.
The Gold Cup can be lost amid all the big global soccer tournaments this summer but it has a lot of meaning and intrigue.