Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Mexico begin their title defence with a match against Trinidad & Tobago at AT&T Stadium. El Tri impressed in warm-up games, with the team rolling over both Panama and Nigeria. All Guillermo Ochoa, Luis Romo, Henry Martin, Sebastian Cordova, Jorge Sanchez, Diego Lainez, and Uriel Antuna have been omitted, but duo Corona – Lozano will surely pose a big threat to the opposition defenders.
Trinidad, on the other hand, booked their place at the Gold Cup finals thanks to a hard-fought win over French Guiana. Anyhow, the Soca Warriors face an uphill task in their opener as they take on the reigning champions. It has to be noted that the two teams played out a thrilling 4-4 draw in their last meeting at the CONCACAF showpiece tournament. Midfielder Judah Garcia is likely to miss the match with injury for the nominal visitors.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan dos Santos):
While playing at a youth tournament in France, Jonathan Dos Santos was spotted by FC Barcelona scouts, who were delighted with what they saw. The Barca chiefs decided to bring Jonathan and his brother Giovani to La Masia, with both passing the trial.
The Mexican midfielder, who was born in Monterrey on April 26, 1990, scored 6 goals in 81 appearances for Barcelona B from 2009 to 2012, but he played no more than 14 games for the senior team in the Spanish top flight. On July 9, 2014 Jonathan dos Santos moved to Villareal and he scored his first La Liga goal in December against Deportivo La Coruna.
The Mexico international played an important role at Villarreal until 2017 when he decided to sign a contract with MLS club Los Angeles Galaxy. The biggest success of his career, though, is winning the UEFA Champions League title in the 2010/2011 season with Barca. Unlike his brother, Jonathan’s preferred foot is right.
Highlighted Team (Trinidad & Tobago):
Trinidad and Tobago national football team compete in both CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union. The Soca Warriors are well known for their red shirts and black shorts, with the team wearing white kit when playing on the travels. Trinidad and Tobago made their World Cup debut in 2006, with the team facing the likes of Paraguay, England and Sweden in Group B.
The Carribean side did well to hold Sweden to a goalless draw in their opener, but due to back-to-back defeats to the likes of England and Paraguay, they eventually failed to advance to the knockout stages of the competition. The Soca Warriors recorded their best result at the 1973 CONCACAF Championship, with the team finishing the process as the runners-up.
Dwight Yorke is considered the team’s most notable player. Yorke is one of the best attackers in the history of Manchester United and he scored 19 goals in 74 appearances for the Trinidad and Tobago national team.