The Gold Cup 2013 will begin with the Canada vs Martinique match on July 7, 2013 (2:30 PM) at the historic Rose Bowl in Los Angeles. Canada and Martinique share Group A with Mexico and Panama; the top 2 teams and possibly the third placed team (2 out of the 3 third place teams in the Gold Cup will move on) will play in the quarterfinals. With Mexico and Panama deemed as favorites to get the #1 and #2 spots, Canada and Martinique will duke it out for the 3rd place spot.
Update: Martinique defeated Canada 1-0 with a 93rd minute blast from outside the box. Surprise victory for Martinique!
This is a must-win match for Canada and Martinique, a loss would almost certainly eliminate the losing team from contention (unless they pull off an upset against Mexico or Panama), and a draw would place them in a very difficult spot. Earnings three points in the group stage will likely be the bare minimum necessary to move on as one of the two best placed third places.
This will be the last tournament in which the Canadian coach, Colin MIller, leads his team before making way for his replacement, Benito Floro. Miller called in a very young squad for this Gold Cup, having 11 out of 23 players on the roster with less than 10 international caps each. It appears the outgoing coach wanted to give some of Canada’s younger talents a chance to shine and impress the incoming coach.
Martinique is likely the most enigmatic team in the competition. Officially a French Territory, Martinique is not a FIFA member and is not allowed to compete in the World Cup. The Gold Cup is the highest competition Martinique can officially participate in, and its players will get a chance to show off their talents to scouts that rarely get a chance to see them play.
Martinique qualified to the Gold Cup 2013 by winning their group in last year’s Caribbean Cup, defeating Cuba and drawing with Jamaica in the process. Although filled with a roster of players that participate mostly in the local league ( a couple of European and MLS players), Martinique might have the talent to pull off an upset over Canada.
Canada vs Martinique Preview
The Canada vs Martinique match will be a contested encounter between a young Canadian team trying to impress an incoming coach, and a Caribbean squad dreaming big. Both teams know that a loss will most likely end their tournament, and both should go out with everything for the win.
I’m thinking upset for this match, I believe that the young Canadian squad will fall against a Caribbean team that knows that the Gold Cup is as good as it gets for them. The Canada vs Martinique match will end in a 2-1 victory for Martinique.
Canada vs Martinique Television
The Canada vs Martinique match will be televised on Fox Soccer and Univision (Sportsnet World in Canada) on Sunday, July 7, 2013, 2:30 PM Pacific.