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Gold Cup group stages finish up with Group D finishing off play before moving to the knockout rounds. The only thing left to be decided is who is the winner of Group D and who is the runner-up. Trinidad & Tobago will kick-off against Guyana in a fight for who is not last in Group D. Then the USMNT faces off against Panama to decide the top of Group D.

Joevin Jones and Trinidad have yet to score a goal in group play and is probably because Joevin has yet to start (this is not confirmed but I mean, come on). T&T sits behind Guyana in the group thanks to Guyana netting two PKs against Panama. Both sides have given up eight goals so far, and have very questionable defenses. Their game may produce a lot of goals from their bad defense, or may produce no goals from their weaker offenses.

The USMNT and Panama are fairly regular opponents plenty of experience in the Gold Cup, including a group stage draws in 2015 and 2017, a group stage loss in 2011, elimination on penalties in 2015, and knockout round wins in 2011 and 2013 (semis and finals respectively). Constant throughout has been Roman Torres, the Panamanian captain and Sounder, will try to hold together a Panamanian backline that has only conceded via two PKs.

Gregg Berhalter did not make any changes in his starting group for the first two matches, but now with the final match being largely just academic, will he make changes? In both matches, halftime was crucial. Against Guyana, the USMNT only led 1-0 at half, but grabbed two early ones to start the second half and the attack continue to get better as the substitutes came on. Against Trinidad & Tobago, more of the same. 1-0 before halftime and post halftime, the offense turned it on with a five-goal outpouring. After Jordan Morris subbed on for Tyler Boyd, the USMNT found five goals with Morris assisting on multiple goals. So will Gregg Berhalter start Jordan Morris over Tyler Boyd? Will Jozy Altidore get a start to prepare him, in case he is needed in the knockout rounds? Will Wil Trapp and Cristian Roldan, starters from the friendlies, return to the starting XI?

Curacao had destiny on their side. To qualify for their first knockout they could easily have just won but they did have an alternative, if they drew. First, they went down 1-0 to Jamaica. Then stoppage time of the second half hit and still they were done but then, finally, they found a 93rd minute goal to tie the match. Final whistle blows and Curacao is sitting on four points, tied with El Salvador for second, and behind by one goal on GD. Honduras, with nothing to play for, took it to El Salvador. One goal, that ties the GD and Curacao would advance on goals for. Then Honduras just kept going, ending up with a 4-0 win over El Salvador and giving Curacao the second place and quarterfinal spot. Bad news for Curacao, they play the winner of Group D, likely the USMNT. Jamaica won Group C and will face the Group D runner-up. Again, congrats to Haiti for winning their first group in Gold Cup history and to Curacao for advancing to the knockout stage for the first time in Gold Cup history,

Lineups

Will be added when announced.

What to Watch?

  • What lineup does Gregg Berhalter start? Jordan Morris deserves a start after the last match for sure, but who else?
  • Can Panama hold on? In Gold Cup matches, Panama has a pretty good record and tends to draw 1-1 with the USMNT. Panama looked dominate in the other matches but they also gave up two penalties against a fairly unthreatening offense. Expect Panama to pack it in and look to catch the US on the break.
  • Whose offense gets going first? Guyana or Trinidad?

Gold Cup Standings

Gold Cup Standings Group D

Points Wins Draws Losses GD GF GA
Points Wins Draws Losses GD GF GA
USA 6 2 0 0 10 10 0
Panama 6 2 0 0 4 6 2
Guyana 0 0 0 2 -6 2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 0 0 0 2 -8 0 8
Through two matches

Gold Cup Advancing Scenarios

  • USA: Win or draw to win Group D. Guaranteed top two with any result.
  • Panama: Must win to win Group D. Guaranteed top two with any result.
  • Guyana: Eliminated.
  • Trinidad & Tobago: Eliminated.

How to Watch?

Trinidad & Tobago v. Guyana

Group: D (Gold Cup)

Location: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS

Date and time: June 26, 2019, 3:30 p.m. PT

TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish)

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

Panama v. USA

Group: D (Gold Cup)

Location: Children’s Mercy Park, Kansas City, KS

Date and time: June 26, 2019, 6:00 p.m. PT

TV: FS1 (English), Univision (Spanish)

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

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