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Gold Cup 2019 Quarterfinals Predictions

With the 2019 Gold Cup Quarterfinals upon us, Red is ready to make his predictions for a tournament that usually has an all too predictable outcome (being Mexico or the U.S. wins).

Haiti over Canada –   This is the toughest call as les Bicolores and the Cannucks have both looked impressive in group play.  Jonathan David has been a break out player for Canada, but his 5 goals have come against questionable opponents.  Look for tough defense from the Haitians to keep it close.  Still this one should feature lots of fireworks.  Haiti 3 Canada 2

Mexico over Costa Rica –  Los Ticos were a hot pick for a while, but they have not replicated their 2014 World Cup success as of late.  Meanwhile, El Tri is showing what futbol will look like in the post Chicharito, Marquez era.  And it looks pretty good.  El Tri will be playing in front of a wet home crowd in Houston on Saturday night.  Red just wishes they wouldn’t throw those $10 beers in the air when El Tri scores.   Mexico 4 Costa Rica 1.

Panama over Jamaica –  With Navas out, Andre Blake of the Reggae Boys is probably the best keeper in the tournament.  That won’t be enough unfortunately against a Panama side that has breakaway capability and good organization on the back line.  Panama 1 Jamaica 0.

Curacao over U.S.  – Red calls the upset here.  Curacao has lots of players you have never heard of – mostly because they play in second tier European leagues.  But those leagues feature some of the most competitive play because the stakes are so high for promotion to the big time or relegation to the real dregs. Top it off with  keeper Eloy Room who looks like the real deal and will keep Curacao in this game until the very end.  The U.S. features mostly MSL clubsters with a trio of English based players and one from Liga MX.  Lately, the U.S. has not failed to disappoint the growing soccer fan base in the States.  Unfortunately, that continues on Sunday as Curacao scores the biggest victory in its history.  Curacao 2 U.S. 1.

 

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Copa America Centenario Matches in Houston

Sunday night’s group draw for the upcoming Copa America Centenario has established what matches will be played in Houston.

On June 11, Columbia and Costa Rica will face off.  Columbia is a highly talented squad featuring stars James Rodriguez of Real Madrid and Juan Cuadrado of Juventus.  Costa Rica is an up and coming squad having qualified for the 2014 World Cup Finals and having won the Central American championship.  CR may feature the best keeper in the tournament with Real Madrid’s Keylor Navas.

On June 13, Mexico will take on Venezuela.  Expect NRG Stadium to be rocking with a rabidly pro-Mexico crowd.  Mexico features a strong attack with Javier Hernandez of Bayer Leverkusen (finally getting to play after riding the pine with Man U).  Chicharito has now scored 21 goals while winning 3 Bundesliga player of the month awards.  Giovani Dos Santos of the LA Galaxy also knows how to find the net as an attacking midfielder.  And Mexico is strong in goal with Memo Ochoa.  Venezuela will have a tough time on hostile ground.  They do have a strong defense led by center back Oswaldo Vizcarrondo Araujo of Nantes.

Red is predicting that the semi-final match to be played in Houston on June 23 will feature Argentina and – wait for it – the United States.  That match would likely shatter TV viewing records in the US for any non-World Cup Final match.  Hopefully, Red will finally have a chance to see Lionel Messi in action.