The 2021 Gold Cup is fast approaching. Matches begin tomorrow. Before any ball is kicked, we have you covered with a preview of every nation competing in the tournament. Here’s a look at the Gold Cup 2021: Part 2.
Gold Cup 2021: Part 2
In part one, we took a look at the teams in Groups A and B and gave our best thoughts on who could make it out of those groups. If you missed that preview, have no fear, it’s right here:
For Part Two, we’ll look at every nation in group C and group D, and take a look to how you can catch all the action in this fund Concacaf tournament!
Group C should be Costa Rica’s group to lose. They are the top team in this grouping, with the Reggae Boyz, Jamaica, as a close second. These two teams should finish first and second, while Guadeloupe and Suriname finish below a knockout round spot. Will this happen, or could we see an upset?
Costa Rica are one of, if not the top team in this Group C. They are have an older squad, but one that is full of experience. Los Ticos look to use this to their advantage against some upstarts Guadeloupe and Suriname, and rising nation Jamaica. Can this old dog have one make one last run far into the knockout rounds? The odds are in their favor, but we’ll have to wait and see if they do it. Their first match comes on Monday, July 12 against Guadalupe.
Guadeloupe is an interesting side at this Gold Cup. They made it to Group C after winning a play-in match over Guatamala in a crazy penalty shootout. This nation will look to their physical play and grit to get results against nations that are better than them. Guadalupe players their first Gold Cup match on Monday, July 12 vs Group C favorites Costa Rica. Will this David slay the Golaith of Group C? Be sure to catch all the action at 9:00 pm EST on FS1!
The Reggae Boyz could be a dark horse at Gold Cup 2021. Their full of experience players, but are still a young enough group to provide the spark that they would need to get out of Group C and move far in the knockout rounds. Jamaica fell in the semifinals of the last Gold Cup, will they be able to get even further this time around? Union fans will be pulling for them as they have Andre Blake, Cory Burke, and Alvas Powell on their roster. Their first match his against Suriname On Monday, July 12.
Surimane has been a team that has been good but not great in Concacaf. They failed to make the octaginal of Fifa World Cup Qualifying after a 4-0 loss to Canada, but they also have put together huge wins against lesser opponents. Can this Suriname side be the team that shocks the Gold Cup and makes it out of Group C into one-off games that could tip in their favor? Their first group match comes on Monday, July 12 at 6:30 pm EST on FS1 vs Jamaica.
Honduras and Panama are the top two teams in Group D which is probably the weirdest group at Copa America 2021. These two Concacaf powerhouses are paired with upstarts Grenada and guest nation from the Asian federation, Qatar. The Hondurans and Panamanians should finish in the top two leaving the others high and dry. Will this occur, or could we all be shocked?
Grenada are another underdog in Gold Cup 2021. They are out of World Cup qualifying so now they can throw all of their chips into this Gold Cup. They’re placed in Group D, which has two teams that should make it out of the group and one wildcard. Could Crenada muck up their matches to allow them to compete with the teams that are all ahead of them? We’ll have to wait until Tuesday, July 13 to see; that’s when they play their first match against the mighty Honduras.
Honduras is the strongest team in Group D. They should easily get through the group but will be at a bit of a disadvantage, without their full rost. Honduras made the Olympic games, and has split it’s roster to include players for that competition as well as Gold Cup. Could this hinderence be enough to bump them down the standings and miss out on the knockout rounds? That question will be answered in their first match vs Grenada on Tuesday, July 13 at 9:00 pm EST on FS1.
Panama is another interesting side at this Gold Cup. They should be a shoe-in to make the knockout rounds, but so-so results have this team on a bubble. They made it to the last eight of Concacaf World Cup qualifying just barely, ad now have to rely on an aging roster to bring them glory in Gold Cup. Could this tournament offer them the spark they need to go on a run and be fit for the upcoming World Cup qualifying in the fall? Possibly, but they will need to show well in their first match against Qatar on Tuesday, July 13.
Qatar is the one guest nation at the Concacaf Gold Cup. The nation from the Asain federation is hosting the next men’s World Cup and won the Asian Confederation cup. They have some decent players, that not many have heard of if they don’t watch the league in Qatar. Could this guest nation actually come in and make a deep run against these Concacaf nations? Their first action to show an answer to that question comes on Tuesday, July 13 vs Panama. The match kicks off 7:00 pm EST on FS1.
Don’t miss the action!
Now that we have previewed Gold Cup 2021: Part 2, it’s time to look forward to the matches! The first match kicks off tomorrow evening as El Salvador takes on Curacao and Mexico plays Trinidad and Tobago in Group A action. Every single match of the 2021 Gold Cup will be live on TV on the Fox family of networks. FS1 and FS2 will carry the majority of the games, with a few being on big Fox as well.
Don’t miss any of this action! We at Philly Sports Network will be following Gold Cup 2021 every step of the way. We’ll have previews and recaps for you. Be sure to come back so you don’t miss any of the action!
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