There will be history at this year’s Gold Cup. For the first time since the tournament was founded in 1991, some games will take place outside of Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Games will be played in the Caribbean and Central America for the first time ever when Jamaica and Costa Rica host two matches each. However, the United States and Mexico are still considered overwhelming favorites after combining to win 13 of 14 Gold Cup titles.
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Odds To Win 2019 Gold Cup
- Mexico +175
- USA +195
- Costa Rica +900
- Jamaica +950
- Panama +1500
- Honduras +1800
- Canada +2050
- El Salvador +3250
- Trinidad and Tobago +3350
- Haiti +4000
- Curacao +5000
- Martinique +10500
- Nicaragua +12500
- Cuba +15000
- Bermuda +18000
- Guyana +25000
Mexico and the United States are the two favorites to win the Gold Cup. These two teams have met in three of the last six finals, and no other country has won the Gold Cup since 2000.
El Tri are slightly favored ahead of the Americans even though they won’t have three of their top players available for the Gold Cup. Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela, and Hector Herrera all decided not to participate in this event for various reasons.
In their stead, Mexico will depend on two veterans and a player that had a breakout season with a new club. Andres Guardado and Guillermo Ochoa are the two players with 100 national team appearances or more that are slated to be on the roster. Raul Jimenez will look to provide the scoring after netting 13 goals with Wolverhampton this season.
The United States is the primary host for the Gold Cup, and they will have an advantage with all of the games in the knockout round slated to take place on US soil. There are some worries that have led to the Stars and Stripes being listed as the second favorites though.
This back line is very inexperienced. Of the defenders listed on the USMNT’s provisional roster, only two have more than 12 caps. Players with a modicum of experience like Matt Miazga, Tyler Adams, and Greg Garza will be tasked with keeping the back line strong.
Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore are the two veterans closer to the top, although Bradley plays more of a defensive role. Young, talented players like Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, Cristian Roldan, and Gyasi Zardes will look to provide plenty of scoring.
Keylor Navas became a national hero after helping take Costa Rica to the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup. Although last year’s World Cup return wasn’t as successful, he is still the most elite goalkeeper in the region, and he is the reason why the Ticos have a chance of upsetting the applecart.
In the midfield, Bryan Ruiz and Celso Borges will be out to create chances, and it will rest primarily on Joel Campbell’s shoulders to finish them off
Jamaica has finished runner-up in the last two Gold Cups. The Reggae Boyz won’t have top defender Wes Morgan this time around as he takes the summer off after a shaky season with Leicester City, but they will have two club teammates in Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell. Both have played well for the national team in the past.
After qualifying for the World Cup for the first time in their history last season, Panama are sure to take a step back. Blas Perez, Gabriel Gomez, and Luis Tejada all retired after the World Cup, and this team is relatively short on experience now. The Canal Men still boast Gabriel Torres, Roman Torres, and Armando Cooper, but this will be a difficult year for them.
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