Uriel Antuna made Mexico’s Gold Cup roster proper earlier than the buzzer sounded. Nationwide workforce head coach Tata Martino added the Los Angeles Galaxy winger the day earlier than the workforce’s event opener in opposition to Cuba final Saturday.
It ended being an ideal determination, at the least for one sport. Antuna notched a hat trick as El Tri routed the Cubans 7-Zero within the Rose Bowl. Raul Jimenez added two of his personal within the 31st and 64th minutes.
Mexico has constructed off the momentum of its shock knockout stage look eventually summer time’s World Cup, successful 5 straight. They face off in opposition to America’s different neighbor Canada tonight in Denver (10:30 p.m. EST, FS1 and Univision Deportes).
It’s been robust sledding for the Nice White North in opposition to Mexico over the past 20 years. The final time Canada gained was again in 2000, whereas Mexico has gained 5 instances and tied thrice. The mixed rating in these eight contests is 13-3.
Let’s take a fast preview earlier than projecting lineups for tonight’s group stage motion.
Mexico vs. Canada Gold Cup Preview & Predictions
El Tri enters the night time ranked No. 18 total within the FIFA World Rankings, whereas the Canadians sit at No. 78. Nevertheless, it’s been practically two years since they final misplaced, which was a 2-1 determination to Jamaica within the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
With that stated, the competitors has principally been missing. Canada beat up on the Virgin Islands, Dominica, Saint Kitts, French Guiana and Martinique by a mixed rating of 22-1. The one non-Caribbean/South American nation on the docket was No. 119 New Zealand, which was a 1-Zero triumph.
Whereas the offense appears to be clicking after the 4-Zero rout over Martinique, the protection was worse than the shutout indicated, as Gabe Salgado of Athlon Sports activities writes.
Whereas Martinique managed to get off 12 photographs in opposition to them, Canada restricted the French island nation to only 45 % possession, drew 16 fouls, stole the ball from them on 24 events, and triggered them to select up a yellow card. Mexico presents a major improve in expertise, however Canada has proved that they’re ready.
Mexico is not going to be intimidated by chippiness, and may have the ability to maintain the possession benefit.
After some peppering of the goaltender, look ahead to El Tri to gentle up Canada within the second half.
Choose: Mexico 4, Canada 1
Projected Beginning XI for Mexico vs. Canada
Primarily based off a 4-3-Three formation used in opposition to Cuba.
Projected Beginning XI for Canada
Primarily based off of a 4-2-3-1 formation in opposition to Martinique.