This site is about CONCACAF soccer with an American view. Concentration on the tournaments like the Gold Cup, World Cup qualification, U-20, U-18 and Olympic qualifications. Also a look at the Central American Cup, Caribbean Cup and which nations have advanced or grew in their soccer ability.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Trinidad & T
This group is led by the defending Gold cup champions USA. They are the team to beat here. They are well organized and very fast on the counter attack. They are the best team in CONCACAF on set pieces. Their strength is GK and holding midfield. Player to watch is Captain L Donovan. Guatemala finally got a coach who will stress offense. It has shown in their 9-1 aggregate. T&T is a circus now with the constant controversy surrounding federation. Cuba is the unknown here and defections are always a problem.(US and Guatemala)
This was considered the Group of Death before it was formed. All favorite easily beat their opponents so now we have the Hex's Group of death. This really will be the HEX for the teams that get knocked out. Mexico highlights this group and they are excellent at home. Honduras has come on strong and beat the Tri in the Gold Cup. Canada plays a very physical game which is how you beat Mexico and the other skill teams. Jamaica has rehired the Brazilian coach again and the thrashing they gave the Bahamas bodes well for the Jamaican faithful. (Mex and either Hon/ Can)
Lets start with the surprises. El Salvador has momentum now after beating 5th ranked Panama. They will be tough in the very hostile Cuscatlan Stadium. Suriname beat fancied Guyana in the South American showdown with a very young team. Costa Rica returned to form and is a favorite to advance. Haiti the reigning Caribbean Champ over came a very organized Netherlands Antilles team to make this group. (My guess Costa Rica and Haiti)