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Group C finishes for Copa America and Gold Cup moves to Jamaica

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Action continues in Copa America and Gold Cup with the former finishing their first set of matches and Group C of the latter kicking off their first matches. Copa America has a light day with only one match, Chile v. Japan. Gold Cup moves from Costa Rica to Jamaica for Group C action, with Curacao and El Salvador facing off followed by Jamaica and Honduras.

Copa America produced a surprise with former Sounders target, Derlis Gonzalez, grabbing an early Paraguay goal before the side found a second. Unfortunately, they succumbed to a Qatar comeback and split the points, 2-2. In the other match, Nico Lodeiro was super-human and pushed Uruguay to a 4-0 win (3-0 when subbed off). He also drew a red card when he was elbowed in the face. The win gave Uruguay a big lead in Group C as Chile and Japan face-off. The four goal loss means that Ecuador will be nervously watching the match and hoping for a draw or blowout to give them a chance at getting out of fourth place on matchday 2.

Gold Cup saw Haiti and Bermuda play a rather entertaining match with Haiti going down 1-0 to a first half stoppage-time goal by Bermuda. Haiti stormed back with two second half goals for a win. Costa Rica went on to blowout Honduras as expected, 4-0. Curacao, a good little league nation, has struggled with Gold Cup matches in the past. In 2017, they failed to score a single goal in the group stages, losing each match, 2-0, including to El Salvador. El Salvador, meanwhile, has been a mediocre side but beat Peru and Haiti earlier this year. It would not be surprising to see another 2-0 El Salvador victory.

Jamaica gets to play in front of their home crowd against a Honduras side that struggled in their final warm-up match. Honduras put up a great fight and drew Paraguay 1-1 but then fell 7-0 to Brazil. They did go down a man when Romell Quioto picked up a red card, but they were already down 3-0 when that happened. Jamaica is flying high after beating the US in their only warm-up match. Jamaica is the favorite here and probably gets the win, but Honduras will put up a good fight with the speed of Quioto and Albreth Elis. If the Figueroa’s can keep a tight backline, they may shock the hosts.

What to Watch

  • Japan struggled with El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago going into the tournament (beating El Salvador 2-0 and drawing T&T 0-0) and Chile is a significantly better side. Japan will need to defend and hope to steal a goal on the counter or a set piece. Qatar, the other invited team, did it yesterday, so will Japan make a similar run?
  • Chile hasn’t been a strong team as of late — they finished second in the Confederations Cup in 2017 and then failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. The same group that almost won Confederations Cup and won the 2015 and 2016 Copa America is leading Chile for the 2019 Cup. Can Arturo Vidal and company find the form that led them to those wins, or will they continue the slide that had them missing the World Cup? I’m betting on them finding something but not fully clicking, and eeking out a win.
  • Remember yesterday when I knew nothing about Haiti and Bermuda? Well, same thing with Curacao. That said, watch for them to defend and hope to capitalize on an error from El Salvador. Will Curacao find the goal that alluded them in 2017? Probably not and El Salvador repeats their 2-0 win from 2017.
  • Speed. Honduras normally buttons down and then pushes with speed from their strikers and/or wingers. Remember watching Elis and Quioto out-run everyone in MLS for the Dynamo? They plan to do that again. Quioto was sent off against Brazil in their last friendly and may not be starting, but even as a sub, he is dangerous.
  • Jamaica gets to play in front of the home crowd and will not want disappoint. They like to sit back typically, but they can't do that against arguably lesser competition. They will be looking to take it to Honduras from the start to find an early goal. If they can score first, and do it in the first 20 minutes, they’ll be in a great position.

How to Watch

Japan v. Chile

Group: C

Location: Cícero Pompeu de Toledo Stadium (Morumbi), São Paulo, Brazil

Date and time: June 17, 2019, 4 PM PT

TV: Telemundo (Spanish)

Streaming: ESPN+ (affiliate link), Telemundo, FuboTV (affiliate link)

Curacao v. El Salvador

Group: C

Location: National Stadium Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Date and time: June 17, 2019, 4 PM PT

TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Univision, FuboTV(affiliate link)

Jamaica v. Honduras

Group: C

Location: National Stadium Independence Park, Kingston, Jamaica

Date and time: June 17, 2019, 6:30 PM PT

TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish)

Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Univision, FuboTV(affiliate link)

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