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CONCACAF Gold Cup: Group Stage

08 July 2017

There isn't much about the CONCACAF Gold Cup that is sexy.

Should Mexico not play deep into the Gold Cup and all six matches aren't served, Osorio will serve the rest of his suspension during Team Mexico's next official matches. The 11th starter, forward Sebastian Giovinco of Toronto, was chosen by fans in a video-game promotion. Nevertheless, soccer fans from around the country and beyond will watch intently.

Are the US the favorites to win this tournament?

Mexico sent their strongest team to the recently completed Confederations Cup.

Keep an eye on Edgar Barcenas from Panama, Yeltsin Teleda in the middle of Costa Rica's midfield, Juan Barrera of Nicaragua and Elson Hooi of Curacao.

Toyota joins CONCACAF as first-time sponsor of the Gold Cup, the preeminent national team tournament of the North, Central America and Caribbean region.

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The top two from each section in the group phase will advance to the quarter-finals, along with the best two third-placed sides. Scott Arfield and Junior Hoilett caused French Guiana plenty of problems with their positive play in midfield, forward Lucas Cavallini effectively held up the ball to bring his teammates into the action and served as the reference point up front, while Alphonso Davies's probing and unsafe runs gave Canada that extra bit of class and quality in attack.

Candad survived a scare before seeing off the challenge of French Guiana. Strangely enough the USA has only won the Gold Cup once in the last four tries (2013), bottoming out in the last edition in 2015 with a 4th place finish (losing the 3rd place game to Panama on penalties).

The 12-team tournament is being staged at 14 venues across the United States, with the final to be held on July 26 at Santa Clara's Levi's Stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers National Football League team. A better option for the 2005-17 Gold Cup would have been to grant byes to the best 1st place finishers or to have stuck to the 4-group style used prior to that.

Tonight's second game will feature Honduras and Costa Rica, two well respected teams in CONCACAF. This monopoly is incredibly boring and obviously, gives the U.S. home field advantage (despite what the Mexican FA claims).

Mexico will have to play up to six games to retain the Gold Cup in the US, starting tomorrow against El Salvador in San Diego. Back in 2007, Guadeloupe, with French worldwide defender Jocelyn Angloma in its ranks, made it all the way to the semifinals, where it was only beaten by mighty Mexico, 1-0. El Salvador are winless in their last three friendly matches. El Tri is followed by Costa Rica (26, down 7), the United States (35, down 12), Haiti (56, up 12), Panama (52, up 7) among the top 60. Only goalkeeper Brad Guzan, defenders Omar Gonzalez and Jorge Villafana and Acosta are in Arena's squad of 23 for the Gold Cup.

Gyasi Zardes, 25, was once a key player for United States of America but injury derailed his progress. A lot of familiar names are also gone, meaning this Gold Cup is more of a transition for Canada to try and prepare for 2022 World Cup Qualifying, all while trying to make a surprise run towards a second Gold Cup title.