Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
Allianz Field will host the 2019 Gold Cup game between Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Los Canaleros participated at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they suffered a loss in each of their three group games against Belgium, England and Tunisia. Panama have been struggling in the warm-up games in 2019 as well, but we believe that they are capable of grabbing something from Wednesday’s football match against Trinidad and Tobago.
The Soca Warriors did well to hold Japan to a draw in their last friendly game and it has to be noted that they failed to find the net in previous four warm-up matches. A low-scoring affair is on the horizon at Audi Field and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in their first group game. In their last meeting in a competitive match Panama defeated Trinidad 1-0.
Highlighted Player (Armando Cooper):
Armando Cooper is an attacking midfielder who plays for both Toronto FC and Panama national football team. After spending his youth career at Arabe Unido, Cooper began playing for Arabe Unido at senior level. The Panama footballer scored 26 goals in 141 appearances in the league for los Arabes and during the 2010/2011 season he was on Godoy Cruz’s radar.
In the summer of 2011 he signed a contract with the Argentine club, but he was playing below expectations in the Argentine Primera Division, scoring only three goals in 26 appearances for the Tomba. Armando Cooper moved to Europe in 2015 and he played seven games for St. Pauli in 2. Bundesliga, but he quickly returned to Panama. The midfielder returned to Arabe Unido for the 2015/2016 season, but he was soon loaned to MLS club Toronto.
Armando Cooper signed a permanent deal with the Reds after the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs and he has been playing for the club ever since. Cooper made his Panama debut on October 7, 2006 against El Salvador.
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.