Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Children’s Mercy Park will host Friday’s Gold Cup game between Martinique and USA. The Yanks kicked off the tournament without star players, but thanks to Sam Vines’ goal they managed to beat Haiti in their opener. The tournament hosts aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and we are positive that they will adopt an attack-minded approach in their second group game. Winger Paul Arriola, who suffered an injury in the triumph over Haiti, is unlikely to feature against Martinique.
Les Matinino, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-1 loss to Canada, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling USA’s party at Children’s Mercy Park. A man to keep an eye on in Mario Bocaly’s team will be Emmanuel Riviere, who played for Newcastle United in the past.
Highlighted Player (Jordy Delem):
Jordy Delem is a Seattle Sounders midfielder who represents Martinique on the international stage. Delem played for the likes of Club Franciscain, Arles-Avignon and Club Franciscain before joining Seattle Sounders in 2016. After making 19 appearances for Seattle Sounders 2 the Martinique footballer signed a first team deal with the MLS club in March, 2017.
It has to be noted that he played as a right back on his Seattle debut against Atlanta United (0-0). Jordy Delem represented Martinique at the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup, but he failed to impress in a 3-1 loss to Mexico. The 180-cm-tall player was born in Le Francois, Martinique and he has a contract with Seattle Sounders which expires in December, 2017.
His main position is defensive midfield, but, as previously mentioned, he is capable of playing as a full back as well. Jordy Delem has both Martinique and France passports, but he decided to represent les Matinino on the international stage.