After beating Cuba 7-0, El Tri is practically just a win a way from sealing their place in the next round of the competition. But Canada arrive fresh off a 4-0 win over Martinique and boasting of an up-and-coming group of players that promise to put Canada back in the CONCACAF map.
For El Tri, the man of the hour is none other than hat-trick hero Uriel Antuna. The LA Galaxy forward is expected to get another start alongside Roberto Alvarado and Raul Jimenez, who received plenty of praise from coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino on the lead-up to this match. Martino called Jimenez not just the most important Mexican striker in this tournament, but in all of Mexican football.
Tata Martino with a big statement: Raul Jimenez is our most important striker, not just in the current squad, but in Mexican football. #eltrieng— Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) June 19, 2019
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies. The 18-year-old is set to play a big part in Canada’s national team going forward, and it will be interesting to see how the Mexican defense handles the talented wide player.
Mexico and Canada have faced each other four previous times in the Gold Cup. Canada has only been able to beat Mexico once, but coincidentally it was the same year they won their only Gold Cup title in the year 2000. The other three matches were Mexican victories.
Date: Wednesday, June 19
Time: 7:30pm Pacific, 9:30pm Central, 10:30pm Eastern
Venue: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado
TV: Univision Deportes (US-Español), Univision (US-Español), FOX Sports 1 (US-English), Sky HD(Mexico), Azteca 7 (Mexico), Canal 5 Televisa (Mexico), UnivisionTDN(Mexico)