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Gold Cup: Costa Rica hammers Nicaragua; Haiti’s comeback

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A roundup of all of Sunday’s action at the 2019 Gold Cup in Costa Rica…

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Costa Rica 4-0 Nicaragua

In the first-ever Gold Cup game played on soil outside the United States, Mexico or Canada, Costa Rica made the most of a newfound home-field advantage, to the tune of a 4-0 victory over Nicaragua as the two sides began Group B play.

Bryan Oviedo put the home side on the board with what turned out to be the winner after just seven minutes, but Celso Borges’ thunderous strike stole the headlines, for very obvious reasons.

Somehow, Borges was upstaged by a slick piece of combination play, featuring a no-look back-heel pass (Bryan Ruiz) and a curling finish (Elias Aguilar) into the upper-90.

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Haiti 2-1 Bermuda

Haiti fell 1-0 behind, then erased that deficit and went 2-1 ahead of, Bermuda all in the space of 21 minutes. Dante Leverock scored Bermuda’s first-ever Gold Cup in the second minute of first-half stoppage time, soaring above the crowd and heading home from a corner kick.

Set pieces giveth, and set pieces taketh. Haiti drew level nine minutes into the second half, courtesy of Frantzdy Pierrot’s header from a dangerous free kick. Pierrot poked home a wide open rebound to bag his second of the game in the 66th minute.

Monday’s Gold Cup schedule

Curacao v. El Salvador — 7 p.m. ET
Jamaica v. Honduras — 9:30 p.m. ET

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Costa Rica is set to become just the fourth competing nation to experience a home-field advantage in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, when the Ticos kick off their opening fixture against Nicaragua on Sunday (8:30 p.m. ET).

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After the United States was the exclusive host nation for six of the last seven Gold Cups, two more nations — Costa Rica and Jamaica — are set to enjoy one game on home soil before coming to the U.S. for the remainder of the 2019 tournament.

Sunday’s game will be played in San Jose, Costa Rica — the second-ever Gold Cup game played outside the U.S., Mexico or Canada, following the day’s opener between Haiti and Bermuda, also at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica.

Sunday’s Gold Cup results (thus far)

Haiti 2-1 Bermuda

2019 Gold Cup: Group stage predictions

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The Gold Cup kicks off this weekend, as the United States, Mexico, Jamaica, and Costa Rica look to battle for regional glory.

For the first time, the tournament will be staged not just in the U.S., but also with matches in Kingston, Jamaica and San Jose, Costa Rica, as CONCACAF looks into staging the tournament outside of our friendly shores. Expectations have dropped significantly for the U.S. Men’s National Team, after two disastrous warm-up matches earlier this month, a 2-0 defeat to Jamaica and a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Venezuela, both in the U.S.

[READ: 2019 Gold Cup full schedule, kick off times, venues]

For Mexico, it’s the start of a new era. Not only is there a new coach in Gerardo “Tata” Martino in charge of El Tri, but many of the regular Mexico National Team veterans are being rested for this tournament, including Carlos Vela and Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Ahead of the Gold Cup, we asked our staff at PST for their Group Stage predictions, and we’ll revisit this after the end of the group stage and poll our crew to see who we think will win once the knockout round is set.

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Take a look below at our predictions for the group stage, and feel free to get involved with your predictions in the comments below.


Joe Prince-Wright

Group A
1. Mexico
2. Canada
3. Cuba
4. Martinique

Group B
1. Costa Rica
2. Haiti
3. Nicaragua
4. Bermuda

Group C
1. Jamaica
2. Honduras
3. El Salvador
4. Curacao

Group D
1. USA
2. Panama
3. Trinidad and Tobago
4. Guyana


Andy Edwards

Group A
1. Mexico
2. Canada
3. Martinique
4. Cuba

Group B
1. Costa Rica
2. Haiti
3. Nicaragua
4. Bermuda

Group C
1. Jamaica
2. Honduras
3. El Salvador
4. Curacao

Group D
1. USA
2. Panama
3. Trinidad and Tobago
4. Guyana


Nick Mendola

Group A
1. Mexico
2. Canada
3. Martinique
4. Cuba

Group B
1. Costa Rica
2. Haiti
3. Bermuda
4. Nicaragua

Group C
1. Jamaica
2. Honduras
3. Curacao
4. El Salvador

Group D
1. USMNT
2. Trinidad and Tobago
3. Panama
4. Guyana


Daniel Karell

Group A
1. Mexico
2. Cuba
3. Canada
4. Martinique

Group B
1. Costa Rica
2. Haiti
3. Bermuda
4. Nicaragua

Group C
1. Jamaica
2. Honduras
3. Curacao
4. El Salvador

Group D
1. USA
2. Trinidad and Tobago
3. Panama
4. Guyana

2019 Gold Cup full schedule, kick off times, venues

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Get excited. The 2019 Gold Cup on U.S. soil (with a few games in Costa Rica and Jamaica) is almost here, as 16 teams set out to be crowned the champions of the CONCACAF region.

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The reigning champs are the U.S. men’s national team but Gregg Berhalter’s men aren’t favorites to win the tournament this time around as Mexico, led by Tata Martino, are the bookies pick to win it all this summer. A lot has changed for the U.S. since they won it in 2017 under Bruce Arena…

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Watch out for Jamaica with Leon Bailey, and both Costa Rica and Honduras will be tough to get past in the coming weeks as Canada are also outside bets to have a good run in the Gold Cup with Junior Hoilett and Alphonso Davies leading their charge.

Below is a look at the full schedule for the tournament, complete with the venues being used, kick off times and the knockout round bracket as things kick off on June 15 with the final on July 7 at Soldier Field in Chicago.


Group stage

Group A
June 15: Canada v. Martinique – 7:30 p.m. ET at Rose Bowl, Pasadena
June 15: Mexico v. Cuba – 10 p.m. ET at Rose Bowl, Pasadena
June 19: Cuba v. Martinique – 8 p.m. ET at Mile High Stadium, Denver
June 19: Mexico v. Canada – 10:30 p.m. ET at Mile High Stadium, Denver
June 23: Canada v. Cuba – 6 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
June 23: Martinique v. Mexico – 8:30 p.m. ET at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte

Group B
June 16: Haiti v. Bermuda – 6 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
June 16: Costa Rica v. Nicaragua – 8:30 p.m. ET at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica
June 20: Nicaragua v. Haiti – 7 p.m. ET at Toyota Stadium, Frisco
June 20: Costa Rica v. Bermuda – 9:30 p.m. ET at Toyota Stadium, Frisco
June 24: Bermuda v. Nicaragua – 6:30 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena, Harrison
June 24: Haiti v. Costa Rica – 9 p.m. ET at Red Bull Arena, Harrison

Group C
June 17: Curacao v. El Salvador – 7 p.m. ET at Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica
June 17: Jamaica v. Honduras – 9:30 p.m. at Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica
June 21: El Salvador v. Jamaica – 7 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
June 21: Honduras v. Curacao – 9:30 p.m. ET at BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
June 25: Jamaica v. Curacao – 8 p.m. ET at Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles
June 25: Honduras v. El Salvador – 10:30 p.m. ET at Banc of California Stadium, Los Angeles

Group D
June 18: Panama v. Trinidad & Tobago – 7:30 p.m. ET at Allianz Field, Saint Paul
June 18: United States v. Guyana – 10 p.m. ET at Allianz Field, Saint Paul
June 22: Guyana v. Panama – 5:30 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
June 22: United States v. Trinidad & Tobago – 8 p.m. ET at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland
June 26: Trinidad & Tobago v. Guyana – 6:30 p.m. ET at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City
June 26: Panama v. United States – 9 p.m. ET at Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City

Quarterfinals

June 29
Match 25: Winner Group B v. Runner-up Group A – 7 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium, Houston
Match 26: Winner Group A v. Runner-up Group B – 10 p.m. ET at NRG Stadium, Houston

June 30
Match 27: Winner Group C vs. Runner-up Group D – 5:30 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Match 28: Winner Group D vs. Runner-up Group C – 8:30 p.m. ET at Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

Semifinals

July 2
Match 29: Winners of Match 25 vs. Winners of Match 26 – 10:30 p.m. ET at State Farm Stadium, Glendale

July 3
Match 30: Winners of Match 27 vs. Winners of Match 28 – 9:30 p.m. ET at Nissan Stadium, Nashville

Final

July 7
Winners of Match 29 vs. Winners of Match 30 – 9:15 p.m. ET at Soldier Field, Chicago

FOLLOW LIVE: USMNT v. Costa Rica

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Gregg Berhalter looks to go 2-for-2 as United States men’s national team boss as he leads his side against Costa Rica on Saturday in San Jose, California.

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Zack Steffen is again between the sticks for Berhalter, who has a back four of Nick Lima, Aaron Long, Walker Zimmerman, and Daniel Lovitz.

There are two changes for the Yanks, who have Paul Arriola in the lineup instead of Jeremy Ebobisse and Wil Trapp in place of Michael Bradley.

For Costa Rica, it’s a side based entirely in MLS or the Ticos domestic league.

Kickoff from California will come a few minutes after 3:30 p.m. ET.