Group Stage — CONCACAF Gold Cup

The CONCACAF Gold Cup will get underway this weekend, with Mexico slight favourites ahead of hosts us to lift the trophy.

The United States’ second match is against Martinique on July 12, with Panama facing Nicaragua on the same day.

This year’s event will be broadcast live in the United States on FOX and Univision networks, transmitted on radio in Spanish by the Futbol de Primera network, and broadcast by additional rights partners in countries around the world.

Costa Rica is the ultimate underdog.

The 2017 Caribbean Champions will be making their Gold Cup debut this tournament.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio has adopted a similar approach, with El Tri only recently completing their campaign at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Costa Rica looks to end the North American stranglehold on the Gold Cup. A record 47,662 fans watched team U.S. play Panama Saturday at Gold Cup match inside Nissan Stadium.

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is the biennial global championship contested among nations from the North, Central American and Caribbean region. “You saw a bunch of people cramp up”.

The big fish like U.S. and Mexico generally focus on one Gold Cup, the one the year after the World Cup. Arena also offered praise for substitutes Juan Agudelo, Gyasi Zardes, and Jordan Morris: “I thought they gave us some fresh legs and some energy”, he said of the trio of MLSers. Costa Rica 11/10 (03:00) The result of this match will likely determine the victor of Group A. Costa Rica are one of the strongest teams in the tournament, with familiar names like Joel Campbell and Bryan Ruiz on their roster. United States of America and Mexico get byes to the fourth round so it seems shorter for us. In fact, Panama has made it to the knockout rounds of the last six Gold Cups and has made it to the semi-finals of the last three Gold Cups. Milan Borjan, Jonathan Osorio, Dejan Jakovic, Samuel Piette, Russell Teibert and Straith are each appearing in their third Gold Cup.

French Guiana’s preparations for the game had been overshadowed by controversy concerning forward Florent Malouda. The three stadiums to be used in the Group A games are the only soccer-specific stadiums to be used in the tournament. “We have a lot of young players also who want to show that they’re up-and-coming and that they’re the future of Canada“.

But the Panamanians didn’t have to wait much longer to find an equalizer. He should see significant playing time in this tournament, and it could be his chance to work his way into the lineup on a consistent basis.

Mexico opens play against El Salvador Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego.

Mexico sent their strongest team to the recently completed Confederations Cup.

“This first game is crucial for us”, said Straith, who will be looking to earn his 44th cap today.

For the past five seasons, Dwyer has been one of the better scorers in MLS, with 128 goals for far in his career. And although the draw isn’t what the team or fans hoped for in the first match of the competition, it shouldn’t hinder their chances to come out of a weak Group C. The Confederations Cup is like sitting at the cool kids table at lunch. It’s held the year before the World Cup and is like a dress rehearsal for the big dance.

What USA’s draw with Panama means? The last time they were there in 2009, they finished second. The campaign will celebrate “the brave-hearted spirit of the vehicle and hardcore soccer aficionados, the campaign pays tribute to the heart, soul and sweat players pour into every moment they are on the field”, said a CONCACAF press release.

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