2019 Gold Cup Finals Odds, Preview & Expert Pick.

2019 Gold Cup Finals Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Written by on July 3, 2019

Glendale, Arizona and the State Farm Stadium played host to the CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Final match between Mexico and Haiti on Tuesday night. The heavily favored Team Mexico needed extra time to defeat the hard-working Haitian team 1-0. After going scoreless through the first 90 minutes of play, Mexico was able to find the back of the net. Haiti’s Herve Bazile knocked Raul Jimenez down inside the penalty area, and Jimenez was awarded a penalty kick. Jimenez put the penalty shot to the right of Haiti goalkeeper Johny Placide to put Mexico on the board. It was the fifth goal of the CONCACAF Gold Cup by Jimenez.

2019 Gold Cup Finals Odds, Preview & Expert Pick

Quite a Game

In a match that many expected Mexico to dominate, the team from Haiti didn’t allow Mexico to run over them. Mexico was constantly looking to attack, but they were stifled by Haiti’s stingy defensive effort, led by Placide. Placide made numerous athletic saves to keep Haiti in the match. Mexico dominated the play for much of the match. Keeping the ball under their control, they allowed Haiti to only take one shot through the first 90 minutes of action. Luckily for Haiti, Team Mexico was unable to capitalize on many of its shots and was lucky enough to score in extra time. Mexico now advances to its first Gold Cup final since 2015. Mexico will now await the winner of the United States against Jamaica, which will be played on Wednesday. This match will be played in Nashville. The finals will be held at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois.

Americans Still Strong

The United States will be looking for a berth in it’s 11th Gold Cup Final. Heading into the match with Jamaica, the United States has outscored its opponents 12-0. Team USA is the only one of 16 teams to not allow a goal in the tournament. This will be the third straight CONCACAF Gold Cup that Jamaica and the United States have met in the knockout stage. In 2015, Jamaica upset the Americans, and in 2017 Team USA extracted revenge on the Jamaicans. These two teams met just a few weeks ago as Jamaica defeated the United States 1-0 in a Gold Cup preparation match. In their 26 all-time matchups, the United States holds a 15-3-8 edge over Jamaica. Mexico will be watching Wednesday’s match to see who they’ll face in Sunday’s final in Chicago. Jamaica will look to use its athleticism to attack the United States. If Jamaica can get past the stingy United States defense, we could see the Jamaicans in Sunday’s final. If Team USA neutralizes Jamaica’s speed, look for the Americans to face off with Mexico on Sunday. American soccer fans would love nothing more than to see Mexico vs. USA on Sunday. With the match being played in Chicago, there’ll be a large contingency of fans cheering for Mexico. Sunday’s title match could be a great atmosphere. As of right now, one thing is for sure, and that’s that Mexico is in the final and will be very hard to beat.