Our prediction for this Gold Cup 2017 match:
United States of America will be looking to clinch top position in Group B with a win over Nicaragua at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Yanks kicked off their Gold Cup campaign with a 1-1 draw against Panama, but the tournament hosts proved their worth in a 3-2 victory over Martinique. In Jozy Altidore’s absence Seattle attacker Jordan Morris has been scoring goals for fun and the USA rising star is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back-line in Sunday’s football match. Nicaragua, on the other hand, have slim chances of booking their place in the Gold Cup quarter-finals and seeing that they were beaten by both Martinique and Panama in Group B, we predict that Bruce Arena’s men are going to put icing on the cake with a victory over La Azul y Blanco. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Juan Barrera):
Born in Ocotal, Nicaragua Juan Barrera started his senior career at Real Esteli. Barrera, who is nicknamed el Iluminado, then played for the likes of Villa Austria, Walter Ferretti and Tauro and in 2012 he rejoined Real Esteli. After ending his loan spell with Deportivo Petare, the pacey winger made 72 appearances for el Tren del Norte and scored 25 goals for the club, speaking of league fixtures. Juan Barrera then moved to Europe, signing a deal with Austrian club Rheindorf Altach.
In 2016 he joined Comunicaciones of Guatemala and he has been playing for the club ever since. The 175-cm-tall footballer made his Nicaragua debut in January, 2009 against El Salvador and he played an important role in the Nicaragua national team in the 2018 Qualifiers. Juan Barrera scored two goals in the process, in back-to-back victories over Anguilla.
However, Nicaragua eventually failed to make it to the final stage of the World Cup qualifiers. The winger made three appearances for Nicaragua at the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup as well, but he failed to find the net at the tournament in USA.
Highlighted Team (United States):
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team commonly referred to as the USMNT have been playing at the international level since 1916 and their debut 3-2 win at Sweden. The USMNT have first appeared at a FIFA World Cup in 1930 when they achieved their best ever result by reaching the semi-final of the competition and ultimately finishing third, which remains the joint highest finish of any team outside of the UEFA and CONMEBOL confederations.
Following the 1950 FIFA World Cup, the United States did not qualify for the tournament until 1990. The US also hosted the competition in 1994, going out to lose to Brazil in the round of 16. Hosts of the Copa America Centenario, the United States will try to record a noticeable result on home soil under the leadership of Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann.
The US have bright history in the century-old tournament and will hope to repeat the glorious 1995 run when they finished fourth.