Gold Cup Today: Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago battle for group, USMNT to learn quarterfinal foe — Day 12


Both Trinidad & Tobago and Mexico know they are through to the knockout rounds of the 2015 Gold Cup, but only one can avoid both other group winners until the final.

That marquee match-up is on the back end of Wednesday’s Group C doubleheader finale at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

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The third-place finisher will face the USMNT in the quarterfinals. If Cuba wins, it’ll be Cuba. If Guatemala draws it’ll be El Salvador. If Guatemala wins, they’ll likely face the States (unless the 8-goal difference between Guatemala and Mexico is erased by a pair of unlikely blowouts).

The Group C winner gets Panama and the Group C runner-up faces Costa Rica.

Game 17: Cuba vs. Guatemala
When: Wednesday, 6 p.m. ET
Where:Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte.
Live updates:

It’s been a rough ride for Cuba, which has dealt with visa issues and defections over the course of its tournament. A 6-0 loss against Mexico was followed by a 2-0 defeat by T&T. Now, though, comes a winnable match against Guatemala and the chance for a berth in the knockout rounds. El Salvador will be hoping this one ends in a draw, as it holds the “third-place team” tiebreaker with Guatemala on goal differential.

Game 18: Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago
When: Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. ET
WhereBank of America Stadium in Charlotte.
Live updates:

T&T has scored all five its goals in the first half of tournament matches, with 24-year-old Sheldon Bateau opening the scoring in both the 3-1 win over Guatemala and the 2-0 triumph over Cuba. But Mexico is a step up in competition in the Gold Cup’s shallowest group, and El Tri thumped short-handed Cuba 6-0 before a surprising but still dominant performance in a 0-0 draw with Guatemala.