Clint Dempsey hits the game winning free-kick (Photo: Eric Guzman)
The United States has advanced to the final of the 2017 Gold Cup after a phenomenal cameo from Texan Clint Dempsey helped the United States to a 2-0 win over Costa Rica at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.
After a strong save from Tim Howard, the United States countered beautifully, running down the left and allowing Texan Clint Dempsey to play the ball through for Jozy Altidore. The winger was able to beat the offside trap and his defender, running in from the left, and shooting across the face to score the opening goal of the match.
“I was just trying to give him a good weighted ball, he still had some work to do, and Jozy (Altidore) did the rest.” Said Dempsey.
44,232 soccer fans, mostly supporting Mexico filed in to the Alamodome on Sunday as Mexico took on Curacao and were left somewhat stunned as Mexico managed a 2-0 win, a scoreline that flatters them.
After being outplayed for much of the early part of the match Mexico finally settled and they took the lead in the 23rd minute. A cross to the far post had the Curacao defense scrambling, which left just enough space for Angel Spulveda to get a header away, across the face of the goal and in to the back of the net, a goal they barely deserved.
After looking in charge for much of the match a second half penalty has cost El Salvador dearly as Jamaica managed a 1-1 draw at the Alamodome on Sunday evening, to finish second in Group C in the Gold Cup, with El Salvador third.
“We have to be a lot better than that if we want to advance beyond the quarter finals,” said Jamaican forward Darren Mattocks. “We just were complacent out there, and it’s not good enough, we have a lot of improving to do.”
Milan Bojan makes a save (Photo: Eric Guzman)
Canada will have to settle for second place in Group A following their scoreless draw with Honduras at Toyota Stadium on Friday night.
“If we keep doing what we’re doing, we’re really on to something,” said Canadian coach Octavio Zambrano. “What that is, I don’t know yet but I’m willing to bet for something, whether it’s El Salvador, or Jamaica.”
David Guzman (Photo: Eric Guzman)
French Guiana got reduced to ten men and Costa Rica pounced, allowing them to take a valuable 3-0 win over the Carribean side and go in the box seat of topping Group A in the Gold Cup at Toyota Stadium on Friday night.
“This was a must win for us, I wouldn’t say it’s the kind of win that is going to guide us through, but it’s a long tournament.” Said Costa Rican midfielder Rodney Wallace after the match, “the goals are important in the group stages… we would have liked another goal, but hopefully it’s enough, we’ll have to see.”
Florent Malouda in action forFrench Guiana against Honduras (Photo: Eric Guzman)
Florent Malouda has played his last Gold Cup match as he was suspended from the tournament for being an ineligible player in Tuesday’s match in Houston the CONCACAF Gold Cup Disciplinary Committee ruled on Friday.
On Tuesday Malouda was named in the French Guyana starting XI and played the full 90 minutes for the team despite previously playing for France. Playing for France makes him ineligible for any other national team, even French Guiana.
Florent Malouda on the ball for French Guiana (Photo: Eric Guzman)
French Guiana stunned the soccer world on Tuesday night as they managed to push Honduras in their Gold Cup match at BBVA Compass Stadium as they held Honduras scoreless.
They shocked the world from the moment the team sheets were released and French legend Florent Malouda was in the starting XI for French Guiana. There is some doubt about Malouda’s eligibility for the French Guianese national team given he has previously represented another national team. This could lead to not just French Guiana forfeiting this match but potentially being disqualified from the whole tournament.
Florent Malouda, playing for French Guiana (Photo: Eric Guzman)
Canada celebrate Alphonso Davies goal (Photo: Eric Guzman)
Costa Rica and Canada fought out an entertaining match, which probably has seen both teams qualify for the quarter finals of the 2017 Gold Cup following a 1-1 draw at BBVA Compass Stadium on Tuesday night.
Canada stunned Costa Rica and yet again it was the youngster Alphonso Davies scoring, his third in the tournament, to open the scoring in the 26th minute. Davies made a perfect diagonal run in from the left to get on the end of a perfect ball from Scott Arfield to easily poke home the first goal of the match.