The group stage of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup came to a close on Wednesday, as the field for the knockout stages is set.
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Four quarterfinals will take place this weekend with the U.S. national team facing Cuba in Baltimore on Saturday, while Haiti will play Jamaica after them at M&T Bank Stadium.
On Sunday the attention switches to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford for two tasty clashes with Trinidad and Tobago taking on Panama and the game of the tournament so far, Costa Rica vs. Mexico.
So, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side face Cuba, the team who lost 6-0 to Mexico in their opening group stage game and have only have 16 players after six players and their head coach Raul Fernandez were denied entry to the U.S. due to visa issues, while another player has apparently defected. Cuba’s late goal vs. Guatemala put them in the quarterfinals, but Klinsmann’s USMNT will be expected to coast past the island nation and into the semifinals where they will face the winner of Haiti vs. Jamaica. Winfried Schafer’s Reggae Boyz have looked impressive at this Gold Cup and certainly look to be favorites against a spirit Haiti outfit who the U.S. overcame 1-0 in group play.
On the other side of the bracket are two games which could really go either way. First up on Sunday in New Jersey we will see Trinidad and Tobago — unbeaten in the tournament so far after their amazing 4-4 tie with Mexico in Charlotte — clash with Panama. The latter have yet to get going but given the fact they made the final in 2013, expect Los Canaleros to wake up anytime soon and prove a tough test for T&T. Then, the big one: Costa Rica vs. Mexico.
Two of the pre-tournament favorites will meet at the quarterfinal stage as Costa Rica drew all three of their group games and Mexico had two ties, as both failed to finish top of their groups. Mexico have scored 10 goals in three games, while Costa Rica has scored just once. Expect Los Ticos to sit in and try to hit Mexico on the break, while the likes of Oribe Peralta and Carlos Vela will try to get El Tri going and send Miguel Herrera’s men into the semifinals against the winner of T&T and Haiti. It promises to be a superb atmosphere and occasion at MetLife on Sunday evening as the knockout stages of the Gold Cup are upon us.
Below is the full schedule for the quarterfinal matches, with our own Kyle Lynch in East Rutherford for the two games on Sunday. Make sure to give him a follow on Twitter for all the latest updates and click the links below for live commentary on each game.
2015 Gold Cup quarterfinals
July 18: USA vs. Cuba – 5 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore — Follow live
July 18: Haiti vs Jamaica – 8 p.m. ET, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore — Follow live
July 19: Trinidad and Tobago vs. Panama – 4:30 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford — Follow live
July 19: Costa Rica vs. Mexico – 7:30 p.m. ET, MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford — Follow live