The knockout rounds of the 2019 Gold Cup begin this weekend with the quarterfinals. Mexico won Group A with a perfect 3-0-0 record and will now take on Costa Rica, the Group B runner-up, on Saturday night in Houston.
Costa Rica opened their Gold Cup with a pair of victories against Nicaragua and Bermuda before suffering a surprise loss to Haiti in the final Group B game, while Mexico beat Cuba, Canada, and Martinique in Group A play.
Mexico and Costa Rica last met in the quarterfinals in the 2015 Gold Cup, where El Tri advanced in extremely controversial circumstances after being awarded a penalty kick in the final minute of stoppage time in the second half of extra time; Andrés Guardado scored the PK to eliminate Costa Rica.
Mexico wraps up the group stage of the Gold Cup with a match against Martinique. El Tri is currently sitting in first place in Group A with six points after victories against Canada and Cuba, and they’ll look to post a third straight win here.
Martinique has a chance to advance if they can get a positive result here, depending on the result of the Canada/Cuba clash, but getting even a draw will be a tough task against one of the tournament favorites.
Mexico easily won their Gold Cup opener against Cuba, picking up a 7-0 victory, and now face the team in Group A most likely to give them some competition: Canada. The Canadians won their opener with ease as well, beating Martinique 4-0.
This game is expected to decide the group winner, and Mexico is still the favorites. These two have faced off four times in the Gold Cup, with Mexico picking up three wins and outscoring Canada 14-3. Canada did beat them in 2000, though, with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory in the tournament they went on to win.
They’ll be looking to repeat that feat here, but El Tri’s attack has been prolific of late and may prove too much for Canada’s defense to handle.
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.
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.