The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup kicks off on Saturday night, as the Rose Bowl hosts the opening doubleheader in the tournament, which includes one of the tournament favorites and one of the Los Angeles Football Club rising stars.
First up is Canada vs. Martinique, featuring LAFC midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye on the Canada roster. Canada enter this Gold Cup with raised expectations, to win at least one knockout stage game if not make a truly deep run to the semifinals or beyond, with a young but promising generation coming through. Kaye, likely to play left back for John Herdman, will probably be on the field but it will be interesting to see him playing in a different position than his customary midfield role for LAFC.
Anything short of a win for Canada will be a disappointment for them, but Martinique has recent Gold Cup experience and could swing the group in one direction or another if they can get a result or two along the way.
Following the Canada-Martinique game comes Mexico vs. Cuba. Mexico are in their first tournament under new manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino, who has extensive international managerial experience but his first taste in Concacaf. He’s missing a slew of first-choice stars for El Tri, including LAFC star Carlos Vela, but Mexico remain one of the perpetual tournament favorites and they should have plenty of firepower to win the group with ease. They also take on a Caribbean opponent, but with Cuba’s roster typically turning over each Gold Cup, it’s hard to gauge how good this group will be until they’re on the field. If they’re at all decent, they could give Canada a real run to get out of the group, but time will tell.
How to Watch Canada vs. Martinique: The game is scheduled to kick off around 4:30 pm PT on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The game can be watched in the United States on FS2, Univision, UDN and Fox Sports Go.
How to Watch Mexico vs. Cuba: Kickoff is scheduled for around 7 pm PT on Saturday at the Rose Bowl. You can watch on FS2, Univision, UDN and Fox Sports Go.
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