The 2019 Gold Cup gets underway this Saturday, with Group A kicking off the tournament with a doubleheader at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The opener is Canada vs Martinique, but Mexico gets underway right after that as they face Cuba.
Mexico is one of the favorites to win the tournament, and Cuba is not expected to provide much resistance. El Tri has won all four of their games this year, all friendlies, as they took down Chile 3-1 and Paraguay 4-2 back in March, and then downed Venezuela 3-1 and Ecuador 3-2 this month in Gold Cup warm-up games.
With the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup just days away, all 16 national teams have made their 23-player rosters official, and 21 Liga MX players have made the cut.
A total of 11 Liga MX teams will have players in this summer’s tournament, with Monterrey the most heavily-represented club with four.
Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of the Liga MX contingent – 15 players – will be suiting up for the Mexican national team, with the remaining six players representing Honduras, Costa Rica, and Canada.
With the 2019 Gold Cup fast approaching, all teams have submitted their final 23-player rosters to CONCACAF. Mexico’s original provisional squad was reduced from 29 to 27 as Miguel Layún and Hirving Lozano were ruled out due to injury; the provisional roster was then reduced to the final 23 players on June 5th.
El Tri’s roster features 15 domestic-based players, one from MLS, and seven europeos.
Every match of the 2019 Gold Cup will be available live in both English and Spanish via the Fox and Univision family of networks. The CONCACAF championship runs from June 15th to July 7th and features 16 teams from the region.
Group A: Mexico, Canada, Martinique, Cuba Group B: Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua, Bermuda Group C: Honduras, Jamaica, El Salvador, Curaçao Group D: USA, Guyana, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago
The group stage will kick off on June 15th and run through June 26th; the top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages, which will begin June 29th with the quarterfinals.
The 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is just over two months away, and the draw for groups has been held. The tournament expanded to 16 teams for this year’s iteration, which has resulted in some unbalanced groups mixing the region’s giants and minnows.
The group stage will kick off on June 15th and run through June 26th; the top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stages, which will begin June 29th with the quarterfinals. The semifinals will be held July 2nd and 3rd, with the final coming July 7th in Chicago.
Mexico will not have the chance to defend their Gold Cup title after falling 1-0 to Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal. El Tri was unable to score on the Reggae Boyz in the group stage or tonight’s semifinal, while Jamaica made a late free kick count to send them to their second straight Gold Cup final.
Goalkeeper Andre Blake repeatedly came up big for Jamaica as he stopped a deflected Jesús Dueñas shot in the 12th minute and then followed it up with a save on Erick Torres on the rebound.
The 2017 Gold Cup semifinals get underway this weekend, and Mexico will take on Jamaica on Sunday as both teams look to make a second-straight appearance in the final.
El Tri got the better of the Reggae Boyz in the 2015 final, which Mexico won 3-1. But in their meeting just 10 days ago in the group stage of this tournament, neither team could get past the other as they drew 0-0.
Both teams went unbeaten in the group stage, and in the quarterfinals, Mexico beat Honduras 1-0 while Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1.
Mexico advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 Gold Cup with a 1-0 victory against Honduras in Thursday’s quarterfinal game. El Tri once again looked less than convincing, but they did enough to get past a Honduras side that needed a forfeit win to even make it out of the group stage.
Mexico made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat Curaçao in their last game, and the game started brightly for El Tri as they took the lead in just the fourth minute. Jesús Dueñas sent a low ball towards the back post, where Rodolfo Pizarro was waiting unmarked to send the ball home.
The 2017 Gold Cup knockout rounds begin this week with the quarterfinals. On Thursday, Mexico will take on Honduras in Glendale, Arizona.
Mexico won Group C with victories over El Salvador and Curaçao and a draw against Jamaica, while Honduras finished third in Group A with a forfeit win against French Guiana, a draw against Canada, and a loss to Costa Rica.
It was a much more difficult game than Mexico was anticipating, but in the end El Tri walked away with a 2-0 victory against Curaçao, and with it, first place in Group C.
Mexico made 10 changes to the lineup that drew 0-0 with Jamaica on Thursday, with only Orbelin Pineda making a second consecutive start. Curaçao made five changes from their loss to El Salvador, and it was Curaçao who started the game off better.