The Gold Cup kicks off today, and it is expected that the U.S. and Mexico will do well, both because the two teams have a lot of talent, and because the tournament is played in the United States. However, neither side is fielding its first-choice XI, and it’s possible they could be knocked out by another country before the end. Jeff Carlisle of ESPNFC looks at who, if anyone, could make an upset run to the title.
In other Gold Cup news, former Chelsea and France midfielder Florent Malouda had been hoping to play in the Gold Cup for his country of birth, French Guiana. Malouda had previously represented France at the international level, however it was believed he would be able to play, because French Guiana isn’t a member of FIFA. Unfortunately for him, the Gold Cup is run using FIFA rules, which makes Malouda ineligible to play. This would’ve been a nice story for Malouda, and the tiny country of French Guiana, so it’s no surprise that FIFA found a way to throw cold water on the whole thing.
U.S. Soccer announced that the Sept. 1st World Cup Qualifying match vs. Costa Rica will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. This seems to be the most important game left in the US qualifying campaign, as Costa Rica is the best team left on the USMNT’s qualifying schedule, and the two teams are close in the standings, with Costa Rica just three points ahead of the U.S. This will be the first World Cup qualifier ever played at Red Bull Arena.
Wycombe Wanderers of the English League Two released their new goalie kits for the upcoming season, and they are very colorful. It’s a...unique design that is sure to have a lot of people either really liking or really hating them. Check them out and decide for yourself.
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