Mexico are one of the favorites to win the tournament, and no one expected Cuba to put up much resistance – and they didn’t. Uriel Antuna, a last-minute addition to the team in place of the injured Jorge Sánchez, finished off a rebound off the post in just the second minute to put Mexico up 1-0 with his first goal for the senior national team.
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.
First-division soccer is returning to Juárez. The city was last in the top division in 2010, but the Indios were relegated are the Bicentenario tournament. In 2015, FC Juárez launched in the second division and came close to promotion a few times, but never quite made it up.
Now, current Liga MX team Lobos BUAP will be moving from Puebla to Chihuahua and taking on the Juárez name. Lobos will be replaced in Liga MX, Liga MX Femenil, and the U-20, U-17, U-15, U-13 youth leagues by this new incarnation of FC Juárez.
Liga MX approved the change at its general meeting, which it confirmed in a press release.
Lobos BUAP, in turn, acquired Juárez’s spot in Ascenso MX, but will not be fielding a team for the upcoming Apertura 2019 season, which leaves the second division with just 14 teams.
Mexico will finish their Gold Cup preparations with a friendly against Ecuador this Sunday.
El Tri earned a 3-1 victory against Venezuela in their last friendly to keep them perfect this year.
Ecuador drew Venezuela 1-1 in their most recent friendly, on June 1st, which kept La Tricolor winless in three. They’ll hope for a better result here to build confidence ahead of the Cops América.
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.
The complete 23-man roster is as follows:
The Vinotinto grabbed a surprise lead in the 18th minute, when Jhon Murillo scored from outside the box with an effort that appeared to have been intended as a cross – only to go over goalkeeper Jonathan Orozco and then go in off the underside of the crossbar.
Mexico is gearing up for the 2019 Gold Cup with a friendly against the Venezuelan national team. This is the first of two pre-tournament friendlies for El Tri, while the Vinotinto are preparing for their own summer tournament, the Copa América.
Mexico is unbeaten under new coach Tata Martino, who oversaw victories against Chile and Paraguay in March, but the team has been hit hard by injuries and their depth will be tested in the coming weeks.
Venezuela played out a 1-1 draw with Ecuador in a friendly just a few days ago, and has won just one of their last five matches – a surprise 3-1 victory against Argentina back in March. They’ll look to surprise Mexico as well in this one.
A new inter-league competition between Liga MX and Major League Soccer was announced on Wednesday: the Leagues Cup.
The Leagues Cup will feature four teams from each league and will start in July. For this edition, the four Liga MX teams were selected based on recent competition results, while the four MLS teams were invited; in future editions, currently unspecified sporting criteria will determine the participants.
This year’s participants are: Club América, Cruz Azul, Tigres UANL, and Tijuana for Liga MX; and Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, and Real Salt Lake for MLS.
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.
All times are Eastern.