The CONCACAF Gold Cup is a men’s national football competition which is held by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. It was happening back then in 1961. At that time, the NAFC and CCCF had merged. Back then, NAFC consisted of North American nations of the US, Mexico, Canada, and Cuba. Meanwhile, the CCCF consists of Central America and most of the Caribbean countries.
The Gold Cup happens every two years and has always taken place in the US, except for the 1993 and 2003 where the officials held it in Mexico. Then in 2015, the Gold Cup happened in Canada.
In the long history of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the US and Mexico have been dominant teams amongst the competitors. Mexico team has won seven titles, the United States has attained six titles, while Canada won once in 2000.
Brazil came firstly in the 1966 Gold Cup. Guests attended the six tournaments from 1996 to 2005. Starting in 2000, the participants of the competition were twelve teams.
The upcoming edition of CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019 will be a lot different from the other versions. Back in January 2017, the CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani announced the expansion of the number of participants from twelve to sixteen teams
And now, the officials have announced the complete 2019 Gold Cup field set.
- 1 Participating Teams CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019
- 2 Here are the analysis of the Gold Cup 2019 teams
Participating Teams CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019
- Costa Rica
- Trinidad and Tobago
- El Salvador
It is going to be the first year that the tournament will welcome 16 teams. It is the increasing number from 12 in 2017. For this tournament, the US men’s national team are the defending champions. Two years ago, they won over Jamaica in the final with a 2-1 score.
The remarkable fact here is that Haiti, Canada, and Martinique were the only three nations who win all four of the qualifying matches for the CONCACAF Nations league. That’s why they have earned their place in the Gold Cup as well as Nations League Group A.
Mexico, United States, Honduras, as well as Costa Rica will be in the separate groups. The officials seed them for good.
CONCACAF has confirmed that the 16 teams won’t back off. There are a total of 68 matches played in the qualifying round. So, to analyze the sides, the top 10 ranked teams have qualified for the Gold Cup. They are Bermuda, Canada, Cuba, Curacao, El Salvador, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Martinique, and Nicaragua.
Then the rest of the teams are those who participate in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Hexagonal qualifier. They are Costa Rica, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad, and Tobago, and the United States.
Here are the analysis of the Gold Cup 2019 teams
Mexico comes as heavy favorites. Well, it is sensible since Mexico has quite achievements this decade. As usual, there will be pressures to become the favorites of people. The team will rely on the new manager Tata Martino’s with the linked backgrounds of Argentina and Barcelona. With a proper strategy, a reliable team will not be stoppable. Mexico will need to face Cuba, Canada, and Martinique to advance.
Canada is a responsible team. It is a sleeping giant which makes the opponent’s very careful in moving. It still relies on Atiba Hutchinson as the older player. He is the midfield for the Reds. However, the team also has trusted young players including Mark-Anthony Kaye and Alphonso Davies.
Some people look down on Martinique. If you set aside this team, you will need to look it again. In the previous tournament, the team didn’t give up quickly before losing from the US with the latest score 3-2. The Martinique team also has excellent records in the CONCACAF Nations league. Kevin Parsemain will remain as the striker. The defender Jordy Delem will surely make the other organizations challenging to penetrate the defense.
Cuba has been developing the team in rapid progression. Experts agree that most recent times, the team have accumulated fantastic and talented players during history.
In this group, money is in Canada and Mexico.
Costa Rica as the ageless Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges. They still have youth inside them. The new manager Gustavo Matosas will make sure that their talents will maximally perform in the competition. They will need to get past Mexico if they want to reach the final for the first time since almost two decades ago.
The CONCACAF Nations League has been developing more than imagined by the experts. They won all four of the games and finished in the top spot. The notable names which will boost the game are Derrick Etienne midfielder and striker Duckens Nazon.
Nicaragua has had some experiences in the Gold Cup. The excellent spot in the knockout rounds is very feasible as long as the players are on their prime condition.
They will be making the inaugural appearance in the Gold Cup. In the qualifying rounds, they finished at the fifth. The former NY Red Bull and current Charleston Battery midfielder Zeiko Lewis will improve the game. Not to mention the Queens Park Rangers forward Nahki Wells will also empower the team.
Money is on Costa Rica who will be the winner of the group.
New manager joins the team and has some works to do. Honduras had big blow after losing to Australia in the 2018 World Cup. The new manager has experienced in Uruguay’s youth national team. It should be a good influence for the team to advance.
Experts said that Jamaican team is one of the most inconsistent teams in the world. Jamaica reached two Gold Cup finals back then but failing to World Cup qualifying. The full squad consists of talented players. There are famous names like Andre Blake, defender Kemar Lawrence, and forward Darren Mattocks. With the current composition, they should be able to achieve better results.
Despite facing the match-fixing scandal back then in 2013, the team successfully reached the Gold Cup quarterfinals in 2017 but then stopped by the US team. What makes the team qualified for the competitions is Oscar Ceren’s goals.
Curacao is the prominent team in the Caribbean Cup. As the champion, they make the second appearance after exiting the group stage in 2017. The team is strong enough because of its Dutch connections.
The failure of World Cup qualifying might have bitten the US team a little bit. However, the pressure should be successfully turning into motivation if they want to move on. The new manager Gregg Berhalter will make his debut with this team. The fresh players who have high-profiles can affect the result significantly.
Guyana is making the Gold Cub debut after finishing at seventh in the qualifying rounds. The notable names that will advance the team are Philadelphia Union midfielder Warren Creavalle and FC Cincinnati forward Welshman. It can be pushing when they can take the opportunities to use the slits to defect the other teams.
Julio Dely Valdes, the former head coach goes back to the team to replace manager Hernan Dario for short time. With many aged players left the squad, the group consists of the bold youth players.
Trinidad & Tobago
Trinidad & Tobago came up to the surface after stopping the US in the 2018 World Cup. The manager Dennis Lawrence does not celebrate too fast. The team still have works to do to make a strong opponent against the competitors. The team has experienced players like Khaleem Hyland and Daniel Cyrus, as well as Joevin Jones
In group D, the most anticipated match is one which involves T&T and the US. However, when we talk about the favorites, the experts say it differently. US and Panama are the favorites to progress. The rematch in the semifinals will be possible.
The upcoming 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will take place from June 15 to July 7. The event will span around 15 venues across the US. As we can expect, there will be 16 teams competing in the competition. It is going to be awesome. Reserve your option now to catch up with the event. Don’t miss it!