2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Group C Preview and Predictions

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GROUP C

Curaçao

FIFA Ranking: 68th
Best Gold Cup Performance: N/A
Coach: Remko Bicentini (Since 2016)

This will be Curaçao’s very first Gold Cup appearance, but the Caribbean side should not be underestimated. In the Carribbean Cup, a four-team tournament between the four Caribbean countries that qualified for the Gold Cup, Curaçao beat Martinique 2-1, and then shocked Jamaica 2-1. Don’t underestimate Bicentini’s squad.

El Savador

FIFA Ranking: 103rd
Best Gold Cup Performance: Quarterfinals (2002, 2003, 2011, 2013)
Coach: Eduardo Lara (Since 2016)

The Cuscatleco will come into this tournament as underdogs like always. But they were underdogs in 2011 and 2013 and made it to the knockout stage. In what is a wide open Group C, with no real favorite behind Mexico, El Savador could finish 2nd and make a run for the semis, or they couldn’t get a point.

Jamaica

FIFA Ranking: 76th
Best Gold Cup Performance: Runner-Up (2015)
Coach: Theodore Whitmore (Since 2016)

Jamaica comes into this tournament with something to prove. In the last Gold Cup (2015), Jamaica almost became the first non-mainland (US, Mexico, Canada) to win the Gold Cup, but El Tri defeated the Reggae Boys 3-1 in the Finals. Jamaica’s young squad also lost a heartbreaker to Curaçao in the Caribbean Cup Finals. Jamaica will be out for revenge, and they should be the favorites to finish second.

Mexico

FIFA Ranking: 16th
Best Gold Cup Performance: Champions (1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011, 2015)

El Tri have won three of the last four Gold Cups, and they should be the favorite to defend their title. Mexico may have brought their “B Team” to America for the Gold Cup, but a B Team for Mexico is still heads above every other team in CONCACAF, save the US and Costa Rica.

GAME-BY-GAME PREDICTIONS

July 9, 2017
7:00 PM
Curaçao  vs  Jamaica
 1   1
July 9, 2017
9:00 PM
Mexico  vs  El Salvador
 3 0

July 13, 2017
8:00 PM
El Salvador  vs  Curaçao
  2 2
July 13, 2017
10:00 PM
Mexico  vs  Jamaica
 2 1

July 16, 2017
6:00 PM
Jamaica  vs  El Salvador
 1 0
July 16, 2017
8:00 PM
Curaçao  vs  Mexico
 1 4

PROJECTED FINAL TABLE

Pos Team W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Mexico 3 0 0 9 2 +7 9 Advance to knockout stage
2  Jamaica 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
3  Curaçao 0 2 1 4 7 -3 2 Possible knockout stage
4  El Salvador 0 1 2 2 6 -4 1

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