Mexico defeats Canada, plus USA to face Cuba Saturday in Utah
Salt Lake City, UT — Late Thursday, Mexico defeated Canada, 2-0, for a much needed Group A victory in the Gold Cup. Mexico stays alive, and will advance to the Quarterfinals if El Tri can beat Martinique Sunday in Denver.
Mexico got goals from Raul Jimenez and Marco Fabian in the win, which eliminates Canada from advancing in the competition.
The quest for a fifth Gold Cup title for the United States continues July 13 when the team faces Cuba in Sandy, Utah. Kickoff for the first meeting between the teams since 2008 is set for 1:30 p.m. MT, and the match will be broadcast live on FOX and Univision. Fans can follow the match live on ussoccer.com's MatchTracker and via Twitter @ussoccer. Former Mayfield Trojan Edgar Castillo is on the U.S. roster as a defender.
The U.S. enters the match on top of Group C after routing Belize 6-1 in the opener. Costa Rica sits in second following its 3-0 win against Cuba. With a record of 26-1-2 all-time in the group phase, the United States has proved dominant in the early part of the tournament. The USA moved to 7-2-2 this year and 6-1-1 in U.S.-hosted games in 2013.
Carrying a six-match winning streak into Saturday - the USA's second longest of all-time - one more victory would equal the team's longest that was set from June 2-24, 2007, when the U.S. defeated China 4-1 in a friendly and then won all six matches in its run to the 2007 Gold Cup title.
With the World Cup less than a year away, the mix of veterans and younger players are hoping the Gold Cup will prove to be a launching point for a spot in World Cup Qualifying and ultimately Brazil in 2014.
The U.S. returns to Rio Tinto Stadium less than a month after the 1-0 win against Honduras that vaulted the team to the top of the table in the Final Round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. This is the only venue that will host the MNT twice in 2013, the Salt Lake City area proving a welcome location as the team holds a perfect 3-0-0 record, with all three matches taking place in official competition.
U.S. ROSTER BY POSITION (Gold Cup Caps/Goals)
GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United - 0/0), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire - 0/0), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake - 1/0)
DEFENDERS (8) : Corey Ashe (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla - 18/6), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake - 0/0), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana - 0/0), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes - 11/2), Oguchi Onyewu (Sporting Lisbon - 9/1), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla - 1/1), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg - 6/0)
MIDFIELDERS (7) : Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake - 7/1), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsinborg - 6/1), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana - 1/0), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg - 1/0), Stuart Holden (Bolton - 6/3), Brek Shea (Stoke City - 1/0), Jose Torres (Tigres - 1/0)
FORWARDS (5) : Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo - 0/0), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy - 29/14), Herculez Gomez (Club Tijuana - 0/0), Jack McInerney (Philadelphia Union - 0/0), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes - 4/3)