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.
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.
The Clausura 2019 champion will be determined this week as León and Tigres UANL face off in the Gran Final.
Top seed León is making their 13th appearance in the final and is seeking their 8th title; their most recent championship came in the Clausura 2014 season. Second-seeded Tigres UANL is making their 12th appearance in the final and is looking for their 7th title; they won most recently in the Apertura 2017 season.
The semifinals have wrapped up and the top two seeds have advanced and will now face off for the Clausura 2019 Liga MX title.
Top seed León split their semifinal series with América, winning the first leg 0-1 and losing the second by the same scoreline. With the aggregate and away goals both level, León advanced as the higher seed.
It was the same story in the other semifinal, where rivals Tigres UANL and Monterrey each won their home leg 1-0; with the aggregate level and away goals not a factor, Tigres advanced as the higher seed.
The Clausura 2019 quarterfinals wrapped up on Sunday with three of the four higher seeds advancing to the semifinals.
Superlíder León continued their good form by beating Tijuana 5-2 on aggregate to easily advance, while América split their series with rivals Cruz Azul, but triumphed 3-2 on aggregate to become the lone lower seed to move on.
Tigres UANL and Monterrey both advanced based on their position in the table after aggregate draws in the quarterfinals; Tigres tied Pachuca 2-2, while Monterrey tied Necaxa 1-1. The two will now face each other as the Liguilla produces another Clásico series.