The USA has been a favorite heading into every Gold Cup, at least a favorite to push for the final if not win it. This year, Mexico, even with injuries, is the favorite and the USMNT is on the outside looking in. While Gregg Berhalter says that they are there to win, there are no doubt questions about that. The USMNT has lost the last three matches by a combined score of 5-1.
In the two warm-up matches, Jamaica and Venezuela, the USMNT was held scoreless. Guyana is nowhere near as good as those two teams but still could sit back defensively and give the USA a headache.
The lineups rolled out in the two warm-up matches seemed very defensive and the USMNT visibly lacked any creativity and drive going forward. Now, the USMNT was without Christian Pulisic for both matches. Jordan Morris is “healthier.” Gyasi Zardes is Berhalter’s top striker it seems, which makes no sense to anyone that is not a Columbus Crew or LA Galaxy fan.
The formations and style Berhalter has played have varied throughout his six matches in charge but normally involve a defensive midfielder paired with a dynamic wingback that is expected to play a full back role in defense and slide into the midfield as they push up the field, or bomb forward. The attack with Pulisic has been more creative and at least against Venezuela, the sub of Jozy Altidore lit up the offense. Something will have to change from the last two weeks for USA to win the Cup and possibly to just to make it out of their group.
Guyana is not a team that is much of a threat; they are ranked 175th in the world. They warmed up by losing to Group B teams Haiti and Bermuda. Most of their players are with clubs in England, at some level, though one has a USL tie.
Group D opens with Panama and Trinidad & Tobago facing off. The match that will set the stage for who can settle with a draw against the USMNT and who needs to win to get out of the group.
The USMNT is lining up a 4-1-4-1 with Bradley sitting in as the CDM. Neither Sounder is starting for the USMNT.
Here is your #USMNT starting XI to take on in tonight's #GoldCup2019 opener!— U.S. Soccer MNT (@USMNT) June 19, 2019
Lineup Notes : https://t.co/rNbiALvRY1 pic.twitter.com/y9iJiMImbS
Guyana also is setting up in a 4-1-4-1.
.@GFF_Inc_ Starting XI for tonight | #GoldCup2019 #USAvGUY #ThisIsOurs pic.twitter.com/6yTD1erUbc— Gold Cup 2019 (@GoldCup) June 19, 2019
How to Watch
United States v. Guyana
Location: Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota
Date and time: June 18, 2019, 7 PM PT
TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish)
Streaming: Fox Sports Go, Univision, FuboTV(affiliate link)
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