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.