Our prediction for this Gold Cup match:
After recording a hard-fought 1-0 win over Panama in their last group game, USA will be looking to keep their 100% record intact at the 2019 Gold Cup when they face Curacao at Lincoln Financial Field. The Stars and Stripes are determined to defend their trophy and they are seen as hot favourites in Monday’s football game against Curacao. Experienced attacker Jozy Altidore scored the winner against los Canaleros, but Gyasi Zardes is likely to lead the line for the Yanks against Curacao.
Rising star Christian Pulisic returns to the starting line-up and all eyes will be on the duo when the two teams face each other in the Gold Cup quarter-finals. Remko Bicentini’s men, on the other hand, played out a 1-1 draw with Jamaica to set up a meeting with USA. The underdogs face an uphill task in the Lincoln Financial Field clash and they are unlikely to spoil the Yanks’ party in Philadelphia.
Highlighted Player (Wil Trapp):
Wil Trapp is an American footballer who plays for Columbus Crew in MLS as a midfielder. Born in Columbus, Ohio, Trapp played for Akron Zips during his college career and in 2013 he returned to his hometown club Columbus Crew. Over the years the 173-cm tall footballer has established himself as a first-team regular and thanks to his thrilling performances in the Major League Soccer, he earned a place in the USA national team.
Wil Trapp made his USA debut on January 28, 2015 in a 3-2 loss to Chile. The Columbus man did well to wear captain’s armband in a friendly game against Bosnia and Herzegovina in January, 2018. Speaking of his club success, Trapp made it to the Eastern Conference play-offs with Columbus in 2015. His main position is defensive midfielder, but he is used as a centre midfielder as well.
The American footballer graduated from Lincoln High School where he was named the 2010 NSCAA National High School Player of the Year.
Highlighted Team (Curacao):
Curacao national football team made their debut on the international stage back in 1924 under the name of Territory of Curacao national football team. The team recorded a 4-0 win over Aruba in their first ever friendly match and 30 years later the Territory of Curacao became the Netherlands Antilles, the country which included the islands of Bonaire, Aruba, Sint Eustatius, Saba and Sint Maarten as well.
In 2011 Curacao played their first game as an independent country, with the team suffering a 1-0 loss to Dominican Republic. Curacao have yet to book their place at the FIFA World Cup finals, but they made it to the finals of the CFU Carribean Cup on three occasions (1998, 2014, 2017). Speaking of their participation at the CONCACAF Championship, the team won bronze medal at both the 1963 and the 1969 tournaments.
In 1959 Curacao recorded their biggest win, with the team outclassing Puerto Rico 15-0. Stadion Ergilio Hato is the home ground of the Curacao national football team.