Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona will host the Gold Cup semi-final between Haiti and Mexico. After recording a win in each of their three group games, Haiti gave fans yet another reason for celebration at the weekend as they defeated Canada 3-2 in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Championship. Duckens Nazon scored his second goal of the tournament in the triumph over the Canucks, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
No Carlos Vela, no problem for Mexico. El Tri have been producing fine performances at the 2019 Gold Cup, with the team booking their place in the semis thanks to a win over Costa Rica on penalties. Seeing that Hirving Lozano misses the tournament (injury) as well, a man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Premier League ace Raul Jimenez. Anyhow, Mexico are more of a team than Haiti and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Wilde-Donald Guerrier):
Wilde-Donald Guerrier is considered one of the best Haiti footballers. Guerrier played for Violette AC and America des Cayes before joining Polish side Wisla Krakow in 2013. After scoring 20 goals in 75 appearances for the Biala Gwiazda, the Haiti international moved to Turkey, signing a deal with Alanyaspor.
In 2017 Wild-Donald Guerrier joined Qarabag and he has been playing for the Azeri side ever since. He scored his first ever goal in the Champions League on July 11, 2017 in Qarabag’s 5-0 win over Samtredia in the qualifiers for the group stages of the elite competition. Qarabag became the first team to reach the group stages of the Champions League in the 2017/2018 season.
Speaking of his international career, Wild-Donald Guerrier scored his first goal for Haiti in a 2-1 loss to Spain in June, 2013. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a left midfielder as well. Guerrier’s preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Mexico):
Football was brought below the United States border by European immigrants who build the foundations for what went on to become one of the most prominent footballing nations in the world. El Tri have qualified to the total of 15 World Cups and have become one of six nations to qualify successfully for the tournament since 1994.
Alongside Brazil and Germany, Mexico are the only country to make it past the group stage over the last six World Cups so it is fair to say that miners from Cornwall and Spanish exiles fleeing the Civil War made a pretty good job embedding the football gene. Mexico are the reigning CONCACAF champions having beaten the surprise package Jamaica 3-1 in the final. Juan Carlos Osorio’s team is captained by Rafael Marquez who is the fourth most-capped player behind Gerrardo Torrado, Pavel Pardo and Claudio Suarez.
Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the team’s biggest star and current squad’s top scorer with 81 goals to his name. Chicharito is only eight goals behind Jared Borgetti who is the nation’s top scorer.