Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Independence Park will host Tuesday’s Gold Cup game between Curacao and El Salvador. Curacao failed to impress on their debut at the Gold Cup two years ago, with the team suffering a loss in each of their three group games against Jamaica, Mexico and El Salvador. Remko Bicentini’s troops aim to get their revenge on La Azul y Blanco and we are positive that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in their opener.
El Salvador, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Japan in their last warm-up game and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Tuesday’s clash. A man to watch in Carlo Alberto de los Cobos Martinez’s team will be David Rugamas, who is likely to make life difficult for the opposition defenders in the opening match of their 2019 Gold Cup campaign.
Highlighted Player (Cuco Martina):
Cuco Martina is a Dutch-born footballer who plays for Curacao national football team. Martina was raised by his mother in the suburbs of Rotterdam and he began his youth career in his home-town club Feyenoord. In 2008 the pacey full back signed a contract with RBC Roosendaal and he made 68 appearances in the league for the club.
Cuco Martina played for fellow Dutch clubs RKC and Twente as well before joining Premier League side Southampton on July 7, 2015. He signed a two-year contract with the Saints and he made his Premier League debut in a 2-2 draw with Newcastle United, coming as a substitute at half time. Martina scored his first goal for Southampton on December 26, 2015 in a 4-0 victory over Arsenal.
The 185-cm-tall right back made his Curacao debut on August 9, 2011 against Dominican Republic. It has to be noted that the Southampton man represented Curacao in both 2014 and 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
Highlighted Team (El Salvador):
El Salvador are a national football team that play their home games at Estadio Cuscatlan. La Azul y Blanco turned down an invitation from Brazil to take part in the 1950 World Cup finals, but in 1970 they made it to the finals of the showpiece tournament in Mexico 20 years later.
They participated at the 1982 World Cup finals as well, but they have yet to advance the first round of the finals competition. El Salvador hosted the first CONCACAF Championship, but they failed to win the trophy, with the team suffering a loss to Costa Rica in the title game. Speaking of the Central American and Carribean Games, la Selecta won the trophy on two occasions (1954, 2002) and in 1968 they booked their place at the Olympic Games in Mexico.
The likes of Magico Gonzales, Rodolfo Zelaya, Arturo Alvarez, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Ronald Cerritos, Raul Diaz Arce, Alexander Larin, Eliseo Quintanilla, Jaime Alas and Alfredo Pacheco are some of the notable footballers who played for El Salvador.