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Gold Cup 2017: 6th title for the USA!

Gold Cup 2017: 6th title for the USA!

Thanks to a 2-1 win over Jamaica at Levi’s Stadium United States of America clinched their sixth Gold Cup trophy. Mexico failed to defend their title, whilst Canada played below expectations at the 2017 CONCACAF championship.

United States of America were desperate to regain the Gold Cup trophy, but they did not kick-off their campaign in style, with the team sharing the spoils with Panama in their opener. Coach Bruce Arena did not count on star players for the group games, but thanks to back-to-back wins over Martinique and Nicaragua the Yanks booked their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals.

With the likes of Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore and Michael Bradley in the starting XI Bruce Arena’s troops faced no difficulties in a 2-0 win over El Salvador and, to make things even better for the fans, USA outplayed Costa Rica in the semis of the tournament.

United States of America were regarded as hot favourites to win the title game against Jamaica, but the match against Reggae Boyz was anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Jozy Altidore broke the deadlock at the stroke of half-time, but five minutes into the second half Jamaica scored the equalizer (Je-Vaughn Watson). The match was on the verge of going into extra-time, but Jordan Morris eventually scored a dramatic late winner for Bruce Arena’s team and helped the Yanks win their sixth Gold Cup trophy.

Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio decided to count on Liga MX-based players for the 2017 Gold Cup and, as a result, El Tri failed to defend their trophy. El Tri did well to beat El Salvador in the opening match of their Gold Cup campaign, but they were hold to a goalless draw by Jamaica in their second group game. As expected, the Mexicans defeated Curacao in their final group game and, as a result, they set up a meeting with Honduras in the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Rodolfo Pizarro scored the only goal of the match, but El Tri were not at their sharpest in the victory over Honduras. Despite being considered favourites on paper to win the semi-final against Jamaica, Mexico suffered a shocking loss to the Reggae Boyz at Rose Bowl and it has to be said that Juan Carlos Osorio’s men did not deserve to win the trophy at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Even though many people expected that Canada would play an important role at the 2017 Gold Cup, les Rouges were beaten by Jamaica in the quarter-finals of the tournament, but it has to be noted that rising star Alphonso Davies won the Golden Boot Award. Costa Rica made it to the semis, but United States of America proved to be a big catch for los Ticos in the AT&T Stadium clash. However, it has to be noted that key player Joel Campbell was forced to miss the match with a knee injury. Panama (quarter-finals) could have recorded a better result at the tournament as well, but, taking everything, USA totally deserved to win the prestigious title.

 

Gold Cup 2017 Preview

Gold Cup 2017 Preview

The 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is just around the corner. Mexico aim to defend the trophy they won two years ago, but that is easier said than done. As always, hosts United States of America have big ambitions for the upcoming tournament, but the likes of Costa Rica, Canada and Jamaica should not be written off just yet.

Despite the fact that USA are determined to regain the Gold Cup trophy, coach Bruce Arena has decided to rest key players at the 2017 tournament. The likes of Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Christian Pulisic and Michael Bradley have all been omitted and it is more than obvious that the Yanks are fully focused on the World Cup qualifiers. USA have been playing below expectations in the qualifiers for the showpiece tournament in Russia and that is the main reason why Mexico are regarded as No. 1 favourites to win the 2017 Gold Cup. 24-year-old attacker Juan Agudelo has been producing splendid performances with New England at the start of the 2017 MLS campaign and all eyes will be on him when USA take on Panama on July 8 in their Gold Cup opener.

Speaking of Mexico, El Tri are on a quest to defend their Gold Cup trophy. Coach Juan Osorio will not count on star players who represented Mexico at the 2017 Confederations Cup and, no doubt, the likes of Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera, Javier Hernandez Chicharito and Giovani dos Santos are going to be sorely missed at the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. Anyhow, the title holders are likely to play an important role at the tournament in USA and they are definitely capable of winning their 11th Gold Cup trophy. A man to watch in Juan Osorio’s team will be midfielder Jesus Duenas, who has 17 caps for the Mexico national football team. Experienced midfielder Hugo Ayala made the cut as well and he is going to lead the team’s defensive line.

Jamaica did remarkably well to make it to the 2015 Gold Cup final, but Mexico eventually proved to be a big catch for the Reggae Boyz. Minnesota United defender Jermaine Taylor, experienced forward Jermaine Johnson, and New England midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson all made Jamaica Gold Cup squad and it has to be noted that coach Theodore Whitmore will count on 10 MLS players at the upcoming tournament.

It has been 17 years since Canada won their last Gold Cup trophy. The Canucks have been having their ups and downs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but a 3-1 win over El Salvador in their last qualifier definitely helped them regain a much-needed confidence. The Canadians will take on French Guyana, Costa Rica and Honduras in Group A at the 2017 Gold Cup and they are widely expected to make it to the knockout stages of the tournament. Championship ace Junior Hoilett is undisputedly the team’s most famous player, but FC Toronto attacker Tosaint Ricketts could be the key to Canada’s success at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Costa Rica impressed at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but they have not been as successful at major tournaments ever since. The likes of Joel Campbell, Cristian Gamboa, Marco Urena, Yeltsin Tejeda and Bryan Ruiz will represent los Ticos at the 2017 Gold Cup, meaning that the World Cup quarter-finalists should not underestimated.

Taking everything into account, yet another entertaining tournament is ahead of us and you should know that Levi’s Stadium in San Francisco will host the 2017 Gold Cup final for the first time ever.