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Mexico leads Gold Cup Group A to Charlotte doubleheader
Tournament returns on June 23
 
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2019 4:25 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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Charlotte knows the Gold Cup well.


The tournament returns to Bank of America Stadium with a doubleheader on June 23. Group A contenders Canada and Cuba kick off at 6 p.m., followed by Mexico versus Martinique at 8:30 p.m. It marks the third time Charlotte has served as a host city; previous games were played here in 2015 and 2011.


The Gold Cup began in 1991, the same year as the inaugural Women’s World Cup. Both tournaments have expanded over the last 28 years. The Gold Cup, which takes place every two years, features 16 teams, four more than in 2017. In addition, this is the first time the tournament will be played in Central America and the Caribbean—Costa Rica’s Estadio Nacional and Independence Park in Kingston, Jamaica. A total of 17 stadiums will host Gold Cup action.

Tata Martino, who managed Atlanta United to the 2018 MLS Cup, leads Mexico’s quest for an eighth tournament title.

“Mexico has won it seven times,” former Mexico goalkeeper Moises Munoz told The Post last month. “It’s not going to be easy. There’s very important players who are not going to be here for Mexico in the Gold Cup—Chicharito is not going to be here. Carlos Vela, who is having a very good season with [MLS side] LAFC, is not going to be here. Those players are very important for the national team, but we also have young players wanting to have that opportunity to play. Raul Jimenez is doing an excellent in England with Wolves. Now he’s going to have that opportunity, probably as the starting forward for the national team.”

Mexico has won more Gold Cup titles than any other nation, followed by the United States with six. Canada is the only other nation to win the Gold Cup.

American Landon Donovan leads the tournament with 18 goals scored all time. American Clint Dempsey and Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves are tied for second with 12 goals. Mexico and the U.S. are the only nations to participate in each tournament.

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