Gold Cup 2019

Gold Cup 2019: Latest Group Results, Tables and Schedule After Saturday, The 2019 Gold Cup kicked off at the famous Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, Saturday with an opening match between Canada and Martinique.

The Canadians made a statement with a 4-0 win, nabbing three points to position themselves in Group A.

Those points will be necessary with Mexico also in the group, as El Tri opened their Gold Cup account with an overwhelming 7-0 defeat of Cuba.

Below is an overview of Saturday’s match and group results as well as Sunday’s schedule.

Canada is undergoing a changing of the guard, and Jonathan David announced as much against Martinique.

The 19-year-old striker notched a brace, including the opening goal of the tournament. David’s first goal came off of a poor turnover by Martinique’s goalkeeper, and the second came as a result of Samuel Piette’s through ball.

Canada’s promising youth showed itself again when 18-year-old Alphonso Davies hustled to thread a clever pass across the face of the goal, and Junior Hoilett punched it in.

By the time Canadian captain Scott Arfield scored in the 67th minute, it was unnecessary.

“Arfield’s well-rounded abilities compliment the rest of the squad, and his consistency is something the young players on the team can strive to emulate,” Sporting News Canada’s Rudi Schuller noted for Goal.com.

The cohesion between Arfield and his emerging counterparts will be especially important against Mexico, as the group will presumably come down to those two sides.

Canada and Mexico will square off Wednesday, and Martinique’s next match is also slated for Wednesday against Cuba. Both matches will be hosted by Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver.

“Arfield’s well-rounded abilities compliment the rest of the squad, and his consistency is something the young players on the team can strive to emulate,” Sporting News Canada’s Rudi Schuller noted for Goal.com.

The cohesion between Arfield and his emerging counterparts will be especially important against Mexico, as the group will presumably come down to those two sides.

Canada and Mexico will square off Wednesday, and Martinique’s next match is also slated for Wednesday against Cuba. Both matches will be hosted by Broncos Stadium at Mile High in Denver.

Some speculation surrounded Mexico ahead of the Gold Cup because of stars such as Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Carlos Vela, Hector Herrera and Hirving Lozano absent from the roster. Tata Martino’s side answered any questions with a strong first showing.

The Gold Cup is Martino’s first major tournament as head coach of Mexico, and he was given some breathing room by 21-year-old Uriel Antuna’s first international goal.

Antuna impressed with a hat trick when it was all said and done. He opened his El Tri account right away in the second minute and scored again just before halftime. The icing came in the 80th minute to extend Mexico’s lead to 7-0.

“Tough to make deep conclusions, although it was a professional display from Mexico against a team ranked 175 by FIFA,” ESPN’s Tom Marshall tweeted. That said, it’s encouraging for Mexico to see Antuna earn a hat trick as the 23rd man on the 23-man roster.

Both Cuba and Mexico will be back in action Wednesday. Mexico will look to build on a momentous start against Canada, a much tougher side.