Mexico will be looking to defend their Gold Cup title this year. El Tri are coming off an unimpressive Confederations Cup campaign where they finished 4th. Mexico will hope to perform better in the Gold Cup than they did in the Confederations Cup.
Mexico will have will have to play their “B” side for this competition because of they were a part of the Confederations Cup. The roster that Juan Carlos Osorio picked for Mexico is entirely composed of Liga MX players apart from Erick Torres of the Houston Dynamo. The average age of this roster is 26 years old, which makes this Mexico side one of the youngest in this competition.
Alan Pulido will miss the Gold Cup because he fractured his arm in a friendly against Paraguay. Pulido’s absence is huge blow to Mexico because Pulido is one of Mexico’s best players. Erick “Cubo” Torres will replace Pulido in the Mexico roster. Torres is having a career year in the MLS with 12 goals and 2 assists.
Liga MX star Erick Gutiérrez is a player to watch in the Gold Cup. The 22-year-old is the captain of Liga MX side Pachuca and he was the leading passer in the 2017 Liga MX Clausura. Gutiérrez knows how important this call-up is for his career as he said this in his recent interview with ESPN FC:
It has been a very important year for me, and to play in this Gold Cup will help me keep advancing with my career, I know I still have a lot to give and in this tournament. I want to consolidate myself in the national team. I want to continue getting call-ups by Osorio and his coaching staff.
Another player to watch is Guadalajara’s Rodolfo Pizarro. Pizarro scored a beautiful curler in Mexico’s recent friendly against Paraguay. Pizarro will hope to continue his goal scoring form for Mexico in the Gold Cup.
Prediction: Mexico are in Group C alongside El Salvador, Curaçao, and Jamaica. Mexico should be able to beat El Salvador and Curaçao easily but Jamaica will be difficult to beat. Mexico are the favorites to win this competition, which means that they should at least be able to get to the semi-finals.