CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals
There were no big surprises in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as United States, Canada, Mexico and Qatar all advanced to the next stage. Four teams, who were all expected to go far in the tournament, will play for a spot in Sunday’s final and we give you the latest team updates and predictions on the outcomes.
Qatar vs USA
The US national team has had a comfortable journey in the tournament so far. After three consecutive wins in the group stage Jamaica waited in the quarterfinals. A Jamaican side who finished second in their group with Costa Rica, Surinam and Guadeloupe.
USA had most of the ball throughout the match but struggled to convert their possession into goal scoring chances. A late goal by Matthew Hoppe sealed a victory for the US team who’s now been in 15 of the previous 16 Gold Cup semifinals.
Qatar, the exclusively invited nation for this year’s tournament, has been an entertaining side to follow. With 12 scored goals they’re currently the highest-scoring team in the tournament and that is something for Gregg Berhalter to watch out for. USA are favorites against Qatar and even though it’s a young and relatively unexperienced group of players they have showed enough throughout this tournament to claim one of the final spots.
- Over 2.5 goals +100
Mexico vs Canada
The other semifinal will see Mexico, the most successful nation in the Gold Cup history, take on Canada at NRG Stadium in Houston. Mexico has won the Gold Cup 11 times and is the current champions after they defeated USA in the 2019 year’s tournament.
Mexico are still waiting to concede their first goal in the tournament and are coming from a great quarterfinal performance against Honduras where they won 3-0.
Dos Santos, Herrera and Funes Mori have been the three outstanding key players for Mexico during the tournament and if the Canadian team is to have any chance of progressing to the final, they will have to find a way to stop these players. Canadas only defeat in the tournament came against USA in the last round of the group stage. In the quarter final they defeated Costa Rica by 2-0 and is now aiming to reach their first tournament final since 2000.
We think Mexico will be too strong for the Canadian side who haven’t faced an opposition of Mexico’s caliber in the tournament so far. It surely looks like we will get a much-expected final on Sunday between the two most successful nations, USA vs Mexico. A final you will be able to watch on Univision, TUDN and Fox Sports 1.
- Mexico to win -167
Author: Dan Anderson