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The 15th edition of the Gold Cup begins in a couple of months. Earlier this week, the draw was announced for the 16-team tournament in the CONCACAF region. This is the first time the Gold Cup will sport a 16-team field. The previous 14 tournaments only had 12 nations participating (10 from CONCACAF and 2 guest countries were involved in 7 Gold Cup tournaments). Here are the groups, dates, and sites for the games.

Each group stage contest will be part of a double-header. The quarterfinal round will also feature two games on the same day at two different sites. The semi-final and championship will be at separate locations, and there will be no third place match.

Group A---Canada, Cuba, Martinique, Mexico
This group kicks off the 2019 action at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California on June 15. Canada and Martinique hook up in the first match, followed by Cuba vs. Mexico.
Four days later, the teams square off in Denver, Colorado at Mile High Stadium as Martinique meets Cuba and Mexico and Canada duel after that. On the 23rd, the group wraps up in Charlotte, North Carolina's Bank of America Stadium where Canada and Cuba play in the first contest, followed by Mexico vs. Martinique.

Group B---Bermuda, Costa Rica, Haiti, Nicaragua
This group stage begins on June 16 at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. Haiti and Bermuda hook up in the first match, followed by Costa Rica facing neighboring Nicaragua. On the 20th, the second round of this group shifts to Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas (north of Dallas). The first match sees Nicaragua take on Haiti, followed by Bermuda against Costa Rica. The final group stage contests will be played on June 24 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. Bermuda and Nicaragua square off in the first game, followed by Costa Rica vs. Haiti in the nightcap.

Group C---Curacao, El Salvador, Honduras, Jamaica
June 17 marks the start to this group, with the first gameday set for Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. El Salvador and Curacao meet in the first contest, followed by a heavyweight match between Honduras and Jamaica. On June 21, group play continues at BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston, Texas with Jamaica and El Salvador playing the first game, followed by Curacao vs. Honduras. The last group stage games are set for June 25. Jamaica and Curacao meet in the first game, followed by old rivals El Salvador vs. Honduras in the second contest. These games will be played at the Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles.

Group D---Guyana, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
This group kicks off on June 18th with a bang. Panama meets Trinidad & Tobago first, followed by USA vs. Guyana as the venue Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota gets its first taste of international soccer (stadium opens officially on April 13th and is home to MLS team Minnesota United). The second match day on June 22 at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio pits Guyana against Panama followed by T & T vs. USA. At Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas, the group concludes on June 26 with T & T meeting Guyana, followed by USA vs. Panama.

Quarterfinals are set for June 29 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and June 30 at Lincoln Financial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

July 2 will mark one of the semi-finals at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona (suburb of Phoenix). The other semi-final is on July 3 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The championship match will be hosted by Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois on July 7.

Mexico have won the most Gold Cups (7), followed by the United States (6). Canada has 1 title. Defending cup holders are USA. Interesting to note that despite the dominance by Mexico and the United States in this competition, the two sides have not met for the title since 2011. USA won 2 of the last 3 Gold Cups by beating Panama in 2013, 1-0. Mexico then beat Jamaica for the title in 2015, 3-1. USA topped Jamaica 2-1 in 2017 to win the championship.

For the second time, matches will be held outside the United States, as games will be played in San Jose and Kingston. Two years ago, a couple of groups kicked off in Mexico and Canada. Many people question why the United States always hosts the Gold Cup. The simple answer is money. This tournament is the biggest money-maker for CONCACAF and subsequently, some of the proceeds trickle down to the 41-member confederation (36 of which are FIFA members). Money is also the reason why the Gold Cup is contested every 2 years instead of 4. CONCACAF is loaded with minnows who don't mind playing so frequently as it can help improve their national teams. For the more powerful, accomplished teams in the region, playing against weaker teams doesn't seem to help them in the long run (as some purists think). It isn't all about winning as it is being competitive. In 2017, Curacao got knocked out in the group stage after losing all 3 matches by a total of 6 goals to nil, yet people who watched the team play came away impressed. CUW was well organized and played very well on both sides of the ball. They hit the woodwork enough times in their losses that their results could have been completely different with a break here or there.

Of the 16 participants, 11 of them played in 2017 (exception this year is French Guiana). The 5 additional teams this year include 'old hands' Cuba, Haiti, and Trinidad & Tobago who have participated in this tournament before. Bermuda and Guyana will be making their Gold Cup debuts.


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Correction - It is 35 full FIFA members, and six others.

The six are Bonaire and Sint Maarten (Dutch), Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Saint Martin (French)

I visited five of these in November/December (not French Guyana) although with no suitable playing surface (due to hurricane damage) I did not see a "countable" game in Saint Martin.


All of them would like to join FIFA, but apart from anything else, they need the approval of their current parent association and the French are not forthcoming on this.


For the two Dutch associations, there is still the problem that FIFA now seems to demand a "country" has football facilities, before it joins FIFA and can apply for grants to get these facilities. This is also a problem that dogs truly independent nations trying to get into FIFA (like Tuvalu).



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So you don't have to trawl through whole post.

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This tournament is the biggest money-maker for CONCACAF and subsequently, some of the proceeds trickle down to the 41-member confederation (36 of which are FIFA members).

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Correction - It is 35 full FIFA members, and six others.

The six are Bonaire and Sint Maarten (Dutch), Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana and Saint Martin (French)

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Thanks for the correction, Leo. Bonaire always messes me up. I thought they were part of the former Netherlands Antilles FIFA member, but that moniker died when Aruba and Curacao decided to compete as separate nations.

I like seeing off-the-beaten-path CONCACAF teams in the Gold Cup. Even though their chances of success in the tournament are slim to none, it's nice to see the lesser teams get their opportunity.


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Bonaire always messes me up. I thought they were part of the former Netherlands Antilles FIFA member, but that moniker died when Aruba and Curacao decided to compete as separate nations.


The Netherlands Antilles was dissolved in 2010. Aruba had already been a separate constituent country within the Kingdom of The Netherlands since 1986, whilst Curacao and Sint Maarten also became constituent countries in 2010. However, the three smaller islands of Bonaire, Saba and Sint Eustatius in principle became part of The Netherlands proper, although they're now collectively known as the Caribbean Netherlands.

I'd guess Curacao (as the biggest island) assumed the membership of the former Netherlands Antilles so got grandfathered into FIFA competitions. However, it would seem that the way for any more dependent territories to join FIFA is currently barred.


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And also the IOC.

When the Netherlands Antilles was disbanded, their National Olympic Committee was also disbanded, and as the IOC have a similar procedure about only allowing independent states to join now, no successor organisation was allowed to join.

Three athletes had already qualified for the 2012 Olympic Games before the dissolution, these three (in athletics, sailing and judo) were allowed to take part as part of the Independent Olympic Athletes grouping under the Olympic flag, along with a South Sudanese athlete because the newly independent state didn't have a NOC at the time.


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The 2019 Gold Cup commenced Saturday evening with two dominant victories by Canada and Mexico. In the first match, Canada held a 1-0 halftime advantage over Martinique, thanks to a 33rd minute goal by Jonathan David. David scored his second in the 53rd minute. That was followed by a couple of rapid succession scores by Junior Hoilett in the 63rd minute and Scott Arfield in the 67th. Martinique, which beat Canada in a first round upset 4 years ago, could only muster a few serious threats in the game. Keeper Milan Borjic had more work to do in the first half compared to the second. For David, who is just 19 years old, the goals were the 5th and 6th of his international career through 4 games. His play overshadowed the performance of the more well-known 18-year old Alphonso Davies. Things are certainly looking up for Canada, whose 4-0 win was its largest Gold Cup victory ever.

The second game of the double header saw Mexico drub Cuba, 7-0. The Mexicans showed they weren't messing around when El Tri notched the first goal in the 2nd minute of play, courtesy of Uriel Antuna. The score stayed that way for about a half hour before Mexico added tallies by Raul Jiminez in the 31st minute, Diego Reyes in the 38th, and Antuna again in the 44th. Having smoked the Cubans in the first half, Mexico continued to toy with their opponents as Jiminez (64th minute) and Antuna (80th minute) added goals, with a 74th minute score made by Alexis Vega. Antuna also assisted on the Vega goal to go along with his hat trick. Antuna is 21 years old and is on loan from Manchester City to the LA Galaxy.

The four Group A teams are off till Wednesday. Canada plays Mexico which will probably decide the group winner. Group B matches will begin in San Jose, Costa Rica tonight. Haiti and Bermuda meet in the first game, followed by Nicaragua against Costa Rica.


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The first Group B game in San Jose fell to Haiti by a 2-1 score over a scrappy Bermuda side. The Gombey Warriors, playing in their Gold Cup debut, took a 1-0 halftime lead as Dante Leverock scored off a corner kick which was earned in first half stoppage time. Both teams were pretty lively in moving the ball up and down the field, and both keepers were on their toes in the first 45 minutes. Admittedly, the finishing by both teams left something to be desired too, but it was entertaining nonetheless. The second half was thoroughly dominated by Haiti, which got goals from Frantzdy Pierrot in the 54th and 66th minutes.

The second contest of the evening saw home-standing Costa Rica score a comfortable 4-0 win over neighboring Nicaragua. The Ticos scored first in the 7th minute courtesy of a goal from Bryan Oviedo. The lead was doubled 12 minutes later as Celso Borges fired a laser from the top of the box. Elias Aguillar sealed an excellent half for the home team with a stoppage time goal to give Costa Rica a 3-0 cushion. A 75th minute strike from Allan Cruz closed out the scoring for the night.

This is just the third Gold Cup appearance for Nicaraugua, and it showed. The team played with a lot of spirit and energy, but lacked the panache of a more experienced Costa Rica side. This group continues on with a Thursday double header in Frisco, Texas. Costa Rica faces Bermuda in the first game, followed by Haiti vs. Nicaragua.


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Monday night's Group C action resulted in two 1-goal games in Kingston, Jamaica. The first contest saw El Salvador edge Curacao, 1-0 as Nelson Bonilla recorded the only goal of the game in first half stoppage time. While Curacao had slightly more possession during the contest, El Salvador created more scoring chances on the night.

The nightcap was a more entertaining affair as Jamaica slipped past Honduras, 3-2. The Reggae Boyz got on the scoreboard first with a strike in the 12th minute from Dever Orgill. Orgill notched his second goal in the 41st minute as Jamaica took a comfortable 2-0 lead into the halftime locker room. Honduras came out in the second half and played with much more purpose, and the team was rewarded with a 54th minute strike from Alexander Lozano. Celebrations were short-lived though, as Damian Lowe scored for Jamaica on a header off a corner kick in the 56th minute. The score stayed that way until stoppage time, when Rubilio Castillo scored on a header of his own, but the Catrachos could get no closer.

VAR is not being used for this tournament, and a different result might have been realized if the technology were in place. Jamaica's first goal seemed to be clearly offside. In the second half, Honduras had a couple of players get tackled in the box without any penalty being awarded. Replays showed that a case could have been made for one or two penalties being given. However, the referee was on top of both plays and made no call. I've seen such plays go either way in matches, and I prefer to give the ref the benefit of the doubt since they see the game better than I do, and they have to make a decision in real time without the benefits of slow motion replays from various angles.

The group continues on to Houston for Friday night's games. El Salvador and Jamaica tangle in the first match, followed by Curacao vs. Honduras. Group D games will be contested in St. Paul, Minnesota this evening. Trinidad & Tobago hook up with Panama, while USA meets Gold Cup debutantes, Guyana in the late game.


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Tuesday night's action in the Gold Cup saw the final group get underway, as Panama tripped Trinidad & Tobago, 2-0 while USA blanked Guyana, 4-0.

The first game was scoreless at halftime as Panama and T & T were even on possession, but Panama did more with the ball when it had it, outshooting Trinidad 9-2. That statistic paid off for the Canaleros in the 2nd half, as Armando Cooper staked his team to a 1-0 lead in the 53rd mintue. Panama kept putting pressure on the Trinidad goal and logged its second score in the 68th minute on a rebound shot by Edgar Barcenas. T & T keeper Marvin Phillip did a great job stoppeing two point-blank shots in that sequence, and he even got a hand on the ball on Barcenas' shot, but it was hit with enough pace that it easily found the back of the net.

The second game of the night saw USA take a 1-0 lead over Guyana after the first 45 minutes. Paul Arriola scored the only goal in the 28th minute, as the United States enjoyed a 12-1 shot advantage over the Golden Jaguars. It was more of the same for Team USA in the second stanza, as the Stars and Stripes scored a second goal via Tyler Boyd in the 51st minute. Four minutes later, USA notched a third goal under unusual circumstances. Arriola sent in a long ball toward the Guyana goal that glanced off the head of a Guyanese defender and hit U.S. striker Gyasi Zardes in the face and ricocheted into the goal. Keeper Akel Clarke, who played a decent game for the most part, had no chance to stop the bang-bang play. Boyd later closed out the scoring with a goal in the 81st minute.

This group now moves onto Cleveland, Ohio for games on Saturday. First up will be Guyana vs. Panama, followed by USA vs. Trinidad & Tobago. Group A play in Denver tonight finds Martinique meeting Cuba, followed by the anticipated game featuring Mexico against Canada.


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Wednesday night in Group A, Martinique shut out Cuba, 3-0, while Mexico dumped Canada, 3-1.

In the first game, Martinique scored the opener on a 45th minute header from Joris Marveaux which came off a corner kick. Cuba could muster little offense to trouble the Martinique defenders for much of the night, and they paid the price for it in the 70th minute when Stephane Abaul scored on a header from the edge of the 6-yard box. Prior to the second goal, Martinique missed a PK after one of its players was brought down in the box by a Cuban defender. Kevin Parsemain stepped up to the spot and promptly kicked the ball into the upper deck! Well, the miss wasn't really that bad, but missed PK's always look worse on slow motion replay, right?
Wink Shortly after the second goal, Erick Rizo was sent off for Cuba after picking up a second yellow card. In the 84th minute, Martinique completed the scoring as Parsemain atoned for his earlier gaffe with a slick back-heel pass to Kevin Fortune who slotted his shot home.

The second contest was the much-anticipated duel between favored Mexico and improving Canada. Mexico enjoyed the run of play in the first half and was rewarded with the first goal of the game in the 40th minute. Roberto Alvarado scored on a shot which came off a rebound-save by keeper Milan Borjan. Alphonso Davies almost tied things up for Les Rouge in the 53rd minute, but his shot from an angle went inches wide of the post. A minute after that, second half substitute Andres Guardado scored from distance to up Mexico's lead to 2-0. Canada got back in the contest in the 75th minute following some sloppy play from Mexico when trying to get the ball out of its zone. Lucas Cavallini, who plays professionally in Liga Mex, took a nice pass in the box from Jonathan David and slipped the shot under the outstretched body of Mexican keeper Guillermo Ochoa. The goal celebration and hopes for a Canadian comeback died just two minutes later as Guardado registered his second goal on the night to close out the scoring.

The results mean that Mexico have almost assuredly advanced to the quarterfinals with this win. They have a +9 goal difference over two games. Canada sit in 2nd place with 3 points and a GD of +2, while Martinique are 3rd with a -1 GD. Cuba cannot advance and will have to be content with playing spoiler on Sunday, when all 4 teams close out group play in Charlotte, North Carolina. Once again, Cuba apparently got bit by the 'defection' bug. Team captain Yasmany Lopez is said to have defected following the team's first game in Pasadena Saturday. It wouldn't surprise me if Cuba has had more player defections than Gold Cup wins since 2000.

Group B continues tonoight with Haiti and Nicaragua playing in the first game at Frisco, Texas, followed by Bermuda taking on Costa Rica.


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Haiti and Costa Rica scored victories in Group B play Thursday night, which sent both sides into the Gold Cup quarterfinals, despite having one more group stage match to play (against each other).

In the first game, Haiti got two first half goals which held up for the duration, to oust Nicaragua, 2-0. Steeven Saba in the 22nd minute and a Manuel Rosas own goal in the 34th minute provided the Haitian scores. This is the third Gold Cup appearance for Nicaragua, but the team is 0-8 in matches played in the tournament.

The second contest was a more lively affair as Costa Rica downed Bermuda, 2-1. The Ticos got on the board in the 30th minute as Mayron George unleashed a sizzling shot from inside the 6-yard box following an initial save by keeper Dale Eve. Costa Rica got the game-winning goal in the 54th minute from Elias Aguilar. Bermuda got on the scoresheet just 5 minutes later, as Nahki Wells converted a penalty kick, but the islanders could get no closer.

I was able to watch more of this game than the first match, and what struck me about the difference between the two sides was ball-striking ability. Costa Rican players hit each shot with authority, and undoubtedly stung the palms of keeper Eve on various occasions. He made 7 saves on the night to keep the final score respectable for Bermuda. For its part, Bermuda have been very entertaining to watch. Their players seem outsized, almost to a man by the teams from Haiti and Costa Rica, yet they've been able to compete by using their speed and decent ball skills when dribbling and passing. In spite of being down 4 goals to 2 and already eliminated from the competition, I give them a great chance to knock off Nicaragua in their final group stage match Monday night. Nicaragua, for its part, have a chance to snag a first-ever victory in the Gold Cup too. From what I saw, I think they played with greater intensity against Costa Rica than they did against Haiti, but that could have been due to weather issues. The first game in Frisco kicked off at 6 p.m., and the temperature was about 34 C.

Group C continues tonight in equally steamy Houston, as Jamaica and El Salvador kick off in the first game, followed by Honduras vs. Curacao in the nightcap.


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Friday night Group C action in Houston provided a couple of 'firsts' in this year's Gold Cup. We saw our first scoreless draw and our first upset.

The sleep-inducing 0-0 game pitted Jamaica against El Salvador. There were only a total of 12 shots on goal combined from both teams, with the first shot on-target coming courtesy of Jamaica in the 76th minute! Easily the most boring contest of the tournament so far. I'll give both teams a bit of a pass because of the warm playing conditions, and it seemed as though both sides were conserving energy in the first half due to the heat and humidity. Jamaica looked more lively in the second half compared to El Salvador, but neither team placed excessive pressure on their opponent's goals.

The second game provided a shocker as Curacao logged its first-ever win in the Gold Cup, with a 1-0 decision over Honduras. Leandro Bacuna was the hero for the Caribbean side as he scored Curacao's first-ever goal in the Gold Cup in the 40th minute. Keeper Eloy Room was easily the Man of the Match. He made 13 saves as Honduras launched a whopping 35 shots toward the Curacao goal. The Catrachos had seemingly tied the game in the 58th minute, but the goal was waived off on an offside call. Curacao nearly added to its lead in the 75th minute, but a goal-saving tackle in the box by Maynor Figueroa kept the score at 1-0. On the night, Honduras outshot Curacao 35-7.

The results heading into the final matchday for this group show Jamaica and El Salvador on top with 4 points each and Curacao right behind on 3 points. Honduras have been eliminated going into its last match against El Salvador. Jamaica and Curacao meet in the other game on Tuesday in Los Angeles. A win or a draw will see Jamaica advance. El Salvador too can advance to the quarterfinals with a win or a draw against rival Honduras.

Group D action in Cleveland Saturday finds Panama taking on Guyana, followed by USA against Trinidad & Tobago.


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There were goals aplenty in Cleveland Saturday as Group D completed its second round of matches. The first game saw Panama double up Guyana, 4-2 while USA routed Trinidad & Tobago, 6-0.

Abdiel Arroyo staked Panama to an early 1-0 lead in the 16th minute. Guyana responded with a PK goal in the 33rd minute off the foot of Neil Danns. Terence Vancooten reclaimed the lead for the Canaleros, in the 40th minute as Panama took a 2-1 lead into the halftime locker room. Panama was awarded a PK in the 51st minute, and it was successfully converted by Eric Davis. Gabriel Torres added the last Panama goal in the 86th minute, while Guyana's Neil Danns scored a brace off another penalty kick in second half stoppage time to close out the scoring for the night. Overall, a decent showing by Guyana, but Panama had too much experience and class for the Golden Jaguars to overcome. Panama secured a spot in the Gold Cup quarterfinals.

In the second game, USA held a tenuous 1-0 halftime lead on Trinidad & Tobago following a goal by Aaron Long. T & T almost tied the game in the 60th minute, but missed badly on a one-on-one situation between Levi Garcia and USA keeper Zach Steffen. Six minutes later, the floodgates opened for the U.S. after Gyasi Zardes notched goals in the 66th and 69th minutes. Christian Pulisic scored in the 73rd minute, followed by a 76th minute strike by Paul Arriola. The scoring for the night was closed out by Aaron Long, who scored his second goal of the evening in the 90th minute.

Panama and USA will meet in the final game of the group stage on Wednesday night in Kansas City, Kansas. Both teams have secured berths in the Gold Cup quarterfinals. Prior to their meeting, Trinidad & Tobago meet Guyana as both teams will be playing for pride.

Group A concludes this evening in Charlotte as Canada meets Cuba in the first game followed by Mexico vs. Martinique. Mexico is already into the quarterfinals. Canada owns the tiebreaker over Martinique for second place, but they have to match or better Martinique's result to advance out of the group.


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Do you know why Guyana, French Guiana & Suriname are part of CONCACAF(CFU) & not part of CONMEBOL?



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Its down to the historical colonial links between the trio and the various other British (Guyana), French (French Guiana) and Dutch (Suriname) possessions in the Caribbean
French Guiana is still part of France, and the EU. There will not be a FGexit, because of the difficulties in pronounciationShocked

Georgetown, Guyana includes a West Indies home test venue



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Group A matches concluded Sunday as Canada slaughtered Cuba, 7-0 while Mexico turned back Martinique's upset bid with a 3-2 win.

In the first match, Canada set a Gold Cup record by having two players score hat tricks. Jonathan David and Lucas Cavallini pulled off the feat. Cavallini got all his goals in the first half in the 21st, 43rd, and 45th minutes. David bagged his goals in the 3rd, 71st, and 77th minutes. Junior Hoilett also scored in the 50th minute. For as bad as the final score was, it actually could have been worse. Cuban keeper Sandy Sanchez made 6 saves on the day.

The big Canada win put more pressure on Martinique, which had a slim, yet mathematical chance to advance out of the group. All MTQ had to do was beat Mexico by 5 goals! Well, that didn't happen, but it turned out to be an entertaining affair. El Tri took a 1-0 halftime lead following a 29th minute shot from Uriel Antuna. Les Matinino tied the game in the 56th minute off a free kick from Kevin Parsemain. Five minutes later though, Mexico regained the advantage with a Raul Jiminez strike. In the 72nd minute, Mexico extended the lead with a goal from Fernando Novarro. Jordy Delem closed out the scoring in the 84th minute for Martinique, as Mexico had to sweat out the remainder of the contest.

Mexico and Canada advance from the group. Martinique and Cuba head home. For Martinique, it was another good showing in the Gold Cup. For Cuba, a disastrous worst-ever showing in this tournament. Cuba was outscored 17-0 in its three matches.

Group B stays on the East Coast as it concludes play tonight in Harrison, New Jersey. Nicaragua and Bermuda square off in the first game, followed by Costa Rica vs. Haiti. The winner will get Canada in the quarterfinals, while the loser will meet Mexico. If the game ends in a draw, Costa Rica will finish on top, as it enjoys a goal difference of +5 compared to Haiti's +3.

In response to the query raised by windydcfc, leohoenig has it right. The 3 Guianas, while on the South American continent, are historically more closely tied to the Caribbean islands. Aside from Cuba and Puerto Rico, most people in the Caribbean speak either English, French, or Dutch as their principal language. Also of note is the fact that these three countries would be constant roadkill for most CONMEBOL teams if they ever did compete in Copa America. To wit, French Guiana have only qualified for one Gold Cup (in 2017). Guyana is making its Gold Cup debut this year. Suriname have never played in a Gold Cup. French Guiana failed to get out of the group stage in 2017, and Guyana is not going to advance this year.

Thanks for your question though. It's nice to know people in different parts of the world have an interest in our confederation, weak as it may be.


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Play in Group B wrapped up Monday night, as fans were treated to a couple of entertaining games that featured plenty of end-to-end action. In the first match, Nicaragua and Bermuda were searching for their first-ever Gold Cup wins, and by halftime, it was questionable as to which side would do so, as the score was 0-0. Bermuda broke the deadlock with a 61st minute goal from Lejuan Simmons. 10 minutes later, Simmons assisted on Bermuda's second goal as his cross found the head of Nahki Wells who deftly nodded in the shot that bounced off the turf and over the outstretched arms of Nicaraguan keeper Henry Maradiaga. Even though they failed to advance, Bermuda was all smiles at the end of the night, having finished its maiden voyage in the Gold Cup with a record of 1 win and 2 losses and finishing even on goal difference after scoring 4 and conceding 4. It was a disappointing tournament for Nicaragua, which saw its Gold Cup record fall to 0-9 in its three appearances. For all the spirit the team showed this year, it did not translate into any excitement that comes from scoring a goal in tournament play. Nicaragua were outscored 8-0 in the group stage.

The second contest of the night was a raucous and thoroughly entertaining affair, as Haiti knocked off Costa Rica, 2-1. Strangely enough, all the goals were scored by Haitian players. Costa Rica scored in the 13th minute off an own goal from Djimy Alexis after a looping header from Alvaro Saborio deflected off Alexis' chest and bounced over the line. The score stayed that way till the 56th minute, when Haiti were awarded a penalty. Duckens Nazon was brought down just inside the 18-yard box and put away the ensuing kick from the spot. 25 minutes later, the final score was realized as Alexis atoned for his 1st half mistake and got the game-clinching goal to secure the group for Les Grenadiers. All in all, this was a fun game to watch. Actually both games were pretty entertaining, but first games of Gold Cup double headers tend to be 'quiet' affairs with considerably fewer fans in attendance compared to the second games. Monday night was no exception, as I'd estimate there were 18,000 fans watching Costa Rica vs. Haiti with an even split of fans cheering for each team.

For Haiti, 2019 is the team's 7th appearance in the Gold Cup, but this year is the first time it has won its group. For their reward, they get a Saturday quarterfinal pairing against Canada, while Costa Rica moves on to face Mexico.

The Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles ought to be jumping tonight as play concludes action in Group C. The first game is an all-Caribbean affair as table-toppers Jamaica hook up with Curacao, followed by old rivals El Salvador and Honduras renewing acquaitances. Jamaica and El Salvador are tied with 4 points and a +1 goal difference. Jamaica are first based on goals scored (3) compared to 1 for El Salvador. Curacao have 3 points. Honduras are already out of the competition having gone 0-2 in its first two matches, so they will be playing for national pride along with a chance to deny their neighbors a place in the quarterfinals on Sunday.

Four of the 6 confederations in FIFA have recently expanded their continental tournaments. The Gold Cup used to be strictly a 12-team affair which included two 'guest' teams along with 10 sides from CONCACAF. This is the first year the tournament went with 16 teams, and I think it's been rather successful. Even though teams like Bermuda and Nicaragua don't have the overall quality or depth of a roster like larger or more accomplished nations in the region, they both played some pretty good stuff and brought national pride and excitement to their fans. For contrast, Costa Rica and Haiti are not countries with large populations, but their players just seemed to be taller and huskier than their two group counterparts. As someone pointed out, you could fit the entire population of Bermuda into many large stadiums around the world. When you're that small, it's that much more difficult to maintain a competitiveness so you can be taken seriously in soccer circles. Costa Rica are clearly in the top 3 of CONCACAF, and their teams have done a very good job punching above their weight in certain years, but the success didn't come overnight; they had to develop a culture that attracted players to the sport in the first place, then craft that talent into a respected team that opponents could never take lightly. Hopefully, interest in the sport will remain high in these smaller, less developed countries so they too will never be taken lightly by future opponents.


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Group C play concluded in Los Angeles Tuesday night. 'C' stands for Catrachos, Crazy, and Curacao.

In the first game, Jamaica took an early 1-0 lead in the 14th minute off a goal from Shamar Nicholson. The Reggae Boyz had the run of play for much of the half, but many of the shots they took lacked the precision the team displayed to get into scoring position in the first place. Coach Theodore Whitmore made numerous changes to Jamaica's lineup, so that might have been a factor, but while the finishing touch wasn't there, Jamaica looked more confident on the ball than their Caribbean counterparts. Still, Curacao kept plugging away, and finally scored on a 30-yard rocket off the foot of Jurien Gaari in the 3rd minute of second half stoppage time. The game ended 1-1 and set the stage for a thrilling finale between Honduras and El Salvador.

Entering the fray, all El Salvador needed was a draw or a 1-goal loss to Honduras as long as it wasn't 1-0, and the Cuzcatalans would have advanced to the quarterfinals. El Salvador went 238 minutes in the Gold Cup without conceding a goal, then saw Honduras rock their world with 4 goals in the final 32 minutes! Four different players scored for the Catrachos in the 59th, 65th, 75th, and 90th minutes to turn a close contest into a rout. Of course, a win would have seen El Salvador through to the quarterfinals as well, but it was not to be, as Honduras outshot their opponents 14-7.

So, Jamaica win the group with 5 points. Curacao and El Salvador finish with 4, and Honduras had 3. Curacao's goal difference was 0 compared to -3 for El Salvador, and they advance to the quarterfinals on Sunday, despite an earlier 1-0 loss to El Salvador in their first game of the tournament.

Group D play finishes the group stage tonight in Kansas City, Kansas. Trinidad & Tobago meets Guyana, followed by USA vs. Panama. A USA win or draw will see them top the group, while Panama must win to do so.


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If anyone is interested =

''In the war of 1856-1857 when Central American forces were united to fight William Walker in Nicaragua, Honduran troops were commanded by two generals, Florencio Xatruch and his brother Pedro. When referring to the Honduran troops, the Nicaraguan people would say, "here come the xatruches," which later became catruches, and finally became catrachos''.
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The Gold Cup quarterfinals are now set following Wednesday night's last two group stage games.

The first contest in Kansas City saw Guyana and Trinidad & Tobago play out a 1-1 draw. The first half was scoreless, thanks in part to some nice saves by Guyanese keeper Quillan Roberts. Neil Danns showed he still had plenty of strength in his 36 year old legs as he staked Guyana to a 1-0 lead in the 54th minute with a blast from just inside the 18-yard box. The Golden Jaguars were unable to take all three points though, as keeper Roberts had a considerably more shaky second half, and it wound up costing his team when Kevin Molino got the equalizer with a relatively soft goal for the Soca Warriors in the 80th minute.

The second contest to determine the Group D winner was a fairly drab affair in the first half. Panama looked more likely to score than USA did, and the game was knotted up 0-0 at the break. After the 55th minute though, the United States began to play with more energy and purpose, and the substitutions made really displayed the depth of the team, compared to what the Canaleros had to offer. Jozy Altidore scored the game's only goal in the 66th minute off a U.S. corner kick. While it didn't lead to more goals for the U.S.A., it did seem to spur on the team's defense, which did a better job in shutting down Panama's attack in the final 25 minutes.

USA win the group with 9 points. Panama finish second on 6 points. Guyana and T & T both end up with 1 point, although Guyana finish third on goal difference (-6 to -8). Neil Danns scored all 3 Guyana goals in their inaugural Gold Cup apperance, with the first 2 coming off PK's in the team's earlier loss to Panama.

The quarterfinals Saturday will be at NRG Stadium in Houston. Haiti and Canada meet in the first game, followed by Mexico against Costa Rica. Haiti have never made it to the Gold Cup semifinals, while Canada haven't played in a semi since 2007, so a pretty open contest could be in the offing. The rub against Costa Rica is that the team never does well in the Gold Cup since it doesn't see it as important as World Cup Qualifying. Those thoughts will most likely be erased this time. The one CONCACAF team the Ticos love beating more than the United States is Mexico, so I'm expecting a pretty lively affair.

Sunday's quarterfinal pairing at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Stadium will pit Jamaica against Panama in the first game, with USA meeting surprising Curacao in the nightcap. Based on what I've seen from Groups C and D, I think it's fair to say that Jamaica has the best overall talent. Panama has the best discipline as it pertains to sticking with a game plan. United States have the best depth, and Curacao is playing with house money. It's very possible to see USA and Panama meeting again in the semifinals, but Jamaica has the horses to make the semifinals and beyond, although the team's best performance so far was its first match against Honduras. Unlike Costa Rica, Jamaica seems to take the Gold Cup more seriously than World Cup Qualfying. Then again, in a tournament like this, the schedule is more compressed and results can be drastically altered with an injury or two and player disqualification due to card accumulation.


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Canada lose from 2-0 up, Mexico require penalties. Its getting interesting

Looking forward to the next update, EFUSmile



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Looking forward to the next update, EFUSmile


First off...I'm as devastated as the losing teams from Saturday. I had everything written up and ready to post, but it didn't take. Unbeknownst to me, I got kicked off the site! Oh the horror! Well, I don't pretend to be James Joyce, but I thought I had written something that might have been worthy of Pulitzer Prize consideration, depending on how drunk the nominating committee was!

So, let's try this again, shall we?

The people who watched last night's quarterfinals in Houston could be forgiven for wanting to sleep in today, as they're probably emotionally spent from what they witnessed.

In the first game, Haiti looked the more likely team to score first. They had the run of play for the first 15 minutes, while Canada were on the back foot defensively and had trouble mustering an attack of their own. That changed in the 18th minute though, as a quickly taken free kick caught the Haitians napping. Jonathan David took the pass on the right wing and had tons of space to move toward the goal, and fired it past the keeper from about 15 yards out. 10 minutes later, Scott Arfield launched a pass to Lucas Cavallini who split the Haitian defense, then faked out keeper Johnny Placide and tapped in the shot on an open goal. So, Canada led 2-0 at halftime in a game that could have been 3-1. Milan Borjan made a nice stop on a Haitian shot late in the first half, and Alphonse Davies shook the net on a free kick that struck the crossbar after it had beaten Placide. Chances for Haiti to make its first-ever Gold Cup semifinal weren't looking too good, while Canada had to feel confident about getting to the semifinals for the first time since 2007. Unfortunately for them, Canada's defense crumbled in the second half. Haiti got on the board in the 50th minute following a poorly weighted backpass from Marcus Godinho to keeper Borjan, who was slow off his line to meet the ball. Duckens Nazon pounced on the ball and steered it into the goal. In the 70th minute, Godinho committed a foul in the box, and Herve Bazile scored the spot kick to tie the game. Canada was reeling by this time, and their bad situation got worse in the 76th minute when Wilde-Donald Guerierre timed his run beautifully and got behind two Canadian defenders to knock in the clinching goal. Atiba Hutchinson thought he had tied the game in the 84th minute after he scored off a free kick, but he was ruled offside. VAR is not being used in the Gold Cup, but it was an easy and correct call for the assistant referee. Players from both teams were physically exhausted after their display, and they collapsed on the field as the final whistle sounded. Understandably, the Haitian players were grateful for having pulled off their amazing comeback, while Canada's players stayed down to mull over what could have been.

The second contest didn't contain the goals of the first game, but the intensity was more prominent. Costa Rica and Mexico gave each other their best shot. Most of the night, both sides advanced the ball up the field at a break-neck pace. Mexico seemed to have the better run of play in the first half, but Costa Rica's defense withstood the pressure, and when that failed, keeper Leonel Moreira was there to bail out the Ticos. El Tri got the initial goal just before halftime off a nice counter-attack, and the 44th minute strike by Raul Jiminez gave Mexico a 1-0 lead at the break. Oftentimes, teams that trail at halftime try to get back into the contest with the first 10 minutes of the second half, and Costa Rica did just that. Mexico committed a foul in the box, and Bryan Ruiz converted the penalty in the 52nd minute to knot the score at 1. It remained that way for the next 38 minutes as both teams engaged in 'thrust-and-parry' soccer. At times, it was also a game not for the faint of heart. There were some rough challenges given by both teams, but the referee let the players fight through that and allowed play to continue, for the most part. The match went into extra time and the stalemate endured, so it was off to penalties to decide Haiti's opponent in the next round.

Mexico shot first, and right off the bat Moreira saved the kick. Going into their third kick, the score was tied at 2 and Costa Rica just needed to maintain its composure, and the Ticos would advance. Those plans went awry after Randall Leal's attempt was off target and slid by the left post to put the teams back on level terms. Keeper Guillermo Ochoa had guessed correctly on the shot, which was hugging the ground, and it looked likely that he would have made the save had the shot been on frame. As the saying goes though, 'we may never know'! After the 5th round, the score was 4-4. Mexico stepped up and converted, but Costa Rica's Keysher Fuller saw his shot saved by Ochoa, and the stadium, which was chock full of Mexican fans, exploded with delight.

So, it's Haiti vs. Mexico Tuesday night in suburban Phoenix in one semifnal. Since there is no Gold Cup 3rd place match, the loser will pack up and head home. Today's quarterfinal round concludes in Philadelphia with Jamaica and Panama meeting in the first game, followed by USA against Curacao.


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