Tag Archives: Cuba

Gold Cup: Mexico vs Cuba – Recap and Highlights

Mexico made short work of Cuba in their 2019 Gold Cup opener as they scored early and often to pick up a 7-0 victory.

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.

Continue reading

Gold Cup: Mexico vs Cuba – Where to Watch

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.

Continue reading

Liga MX in the Gold Cup: United States, Quarterfinals

us flagThe United States is one of just two teams – other than Mexico – to feature Liga MX players on their roster for the 2015 Gold Cup, and two of them got on the field in this quarterfinal match against Cuba.

As was expected, the U.S. easily handed a shorthanded Cuba team – the total number of reported player defections has reached five – and advanced to the semifinals with a comprehensive 6-0 victory. Club América’s Ventura Alvarado started and went the full 90 for the U.S., while Veracruz’s Joe Corona, one of the alternates added to the roster for the knockout rounds, came in as a halftime sub. León goalkeeper William Yarbrough was an unused substitute.

Clint Dempsey got the rout started for the U.S. in just the third minute, when he headed home a cross from Timmy Chandler to make it 1-0. Gyasi Zardes added a second in the 15th minute before Aron Johannsson make it 3-0 just past the half-hour mark to really put the game out of reach for the overmatched Cuba.

Omar González made it 4-0 on the stroke of halftime with his first ever international goal, and the second half turned into the Clint Dempsey show, as he buried a penalty in the 63rd minute and then completed his hat-trick in the 77th.

The U.S. will face the winner of tonight’s Haiti/Jamaica game in the semifinals on Wednesday, July 22nd, while Cuba’s tournament has come to an ignominious end.

2015 Gold Cup Quarterfinals Set

gold cupThe group stage wrapped up with a wild 4-4 draw between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night, and now all eight quarterfinalists are known.

Advancing out of Group A are the United States, Haiti, and Panama; out of Group B are Jamaica and Costa Rica; and out of Group C, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, and Cuba.

The quarterfinals will be held this Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday in Baltimore, the United States will face Cuba and Haiti will face Jamaicia, while on Sunday in East Rutherford, NJ, Trinidad and Tobago will face Panama while Mexico takes on Costa Rica.

Gold Cup: Mexico vs Cuba – Recap and Highlights

el triMexico snapped their seven-game winless streak in style with a 6-0 thrashing of Cuba in their Gold Cup opener. Mexico and Cuba, placed in Group C, were the last teams to get their Gold Cup campaigns underway.

The deck was stacked against Cuba from before the opening whistle, as the Cubans started the game with just 16 available players and without their head coach. Coach Raúl González and six players were unable to rendezvous with the team after participating in Olympic qualifying in Antigua and Barbuda, and then striker Keiler García left the team in an apparent defection.

Mexico had a bit of pre-match trouble themselves, as José Juan “Gallito” Vázquez was a last-minute scratch from the starting lineup due to a muscular complaint. Antonio Ríos took the field in his place.

Continue reading

Shorthanded Cuba to Face Mexico in Gold Cup

Cuban national team crestThe Cuban national team will take on Mexico in Chicago, Illinois, with just 16 players and without their head coach. Six of Cuba’s younger players, along with the coach, have had problems rendezvousing with the rest of the team after they were involved in Olympic qualifying in Antigua and Barbuda.

They are not expected reach Chicago for tonight’s game and will instead travel to Phoenix, Arizona, the site of their second group stage game.

Now, added to those absences is that of striker Keilen García, who has apparently defected. García missed breakfast and training on Wednesday and his absence has been confirmed by assistant coach Walter Benítez, who will manage Cuba during Thursday’s game.

García adds his name to a long list of Cubans who have taken advantage of playing in the Gold Cup to defect to the U.S.; some of them have become familiar faces in the U.S. domestic league, Major League Soccer, such as Osvaldo Alonso and Maykel Galindo.

Gold Cup: Mexico’s Starting Lineup vs Cuba

el triMexico will get their Gold Cup campaign underway Thursday evening when they take on Cuba, and Miguel Herrera has already released his starting lineup for the game.

Herrera is moving away from his usual 5-3-2 formation, and for this game – crucial to Mexico’s confidence since they are mired in a seven-game winless streak – he has chosen to use a 4-4-2.

Guillermo Ochoa will get the start in goal, with Paul Aguilar, Francisco Rodríguez, Diego Reyes and Miguel Layún in defense; the midfield will consist of Héctor Herrera and Andrés Guardado on the wings, with José Juan Vázquez and Jonathan dos Santos centrally; and the strike partnership will be formed by Carlos Vela and Oribe Peralta.

Herrera noted in his press conference that there is very high competition for places among the 23 players on his roster, and that he could return to his 5-3-2 or even experiment further with a 4-3-3 at any time, taking into account the opponent. For Thursday’s match, he noted that a five-man defense would be overkill and he would rather have more bodies in midfield.

Gold Cup – Group Stage
Thursday, July 9
Mexico vs Cuba – 9:30 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Unimás / Univision Deportes / Online

Gold Cup: Mexico vs Cuba – Where to Watch

gold cupMexico and Cuba will be the last two teams to get their 2015 Gold Cup campaigns underway when they face off in Chicago on Thursday night.

Mexico is winless in their last seven games (two losses, five draws) and will look to quiet the critics with an opening game victory against the lowest-ranked team in Group C. “El Tri” is still reeling from the loss of Javier Hernández to a broken collarbone last week and a win on Friday would go a long way towards settling their nerves.

Cuba is used to being underestimated at the Gold Cup, but they made a surprise run to the quarterfinals in 2013 and will look to build on that success. With all 23 players on their roster playing their club ball domestically in Cuba, they are something of a mystery team, one their opponents will know very little about.

Gold Cup – Group Stage
Thursday, July 9
Mexico vs Cuba – 9:30 PM – Fox Sports 1 / Unimás / Univision Deportes / Online