With its main characters on vacation, the United States on Sunday against Haiti begins its journey CONCACAF Gold Cup with the aim of restoring the crown handed over in 2019 to Mexico.
The showdown against Haiti, who reached the 2019 Gold Cup semi-finals, will be played in Kansas City (Missouri) at the premiere of Group B, which also includes Canada and Martinique.
Although he is the host, The United States left its exciting group of youngsters outside the great CONCACAF tournament بطولةChelsea striker Christian Pulisic.
Nor will American fans see midfielder Weston McKinney (Juventus), full-back Sergino Dest (Barcelona) or striker Gio Reina (Borussia Dortmund), none of whom, like Pulisic, are more than 22 years old.
Coach Greg Berhalter has decided to rest the members of this exciting new generation after they lifted the CONCACAF League Cup in June., in the first regional final that the United States beat Mexico in 14 years.
Only one player from the United States in that dramatic win (3-2 in overtime) in Denver is Kylian Acosta, who made the Gold Cup roster, which consists mainly of players from the North American Football League (MLS).
Berhalter, who gave priority to the rest of his characters in the face of the World Cup qualifiers, confident of creating a strong group that can navigate a tournament in which they have qualified for the final in eight of the last ten editions.
“When we compete for a title, we want to win it,” stressed Berhalter, who has led a team in good shape since their disappointing 1-0 loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup final.
under his command The United States has suffered only one defeat in its last 13 matches.
The United States, the 2017 champions, won six Gold Cup titles against eight from Mexico, their staunch rival.
New and familiar faces
Among the local players who can shine the most in the tournament is the goalkeeper Matt Turner (New England Revolution), specializing in penalty kick savings; Midfielder Sebastian Letget (LA Galaxy), with a great scoring nose, and a young and strong striker Daryl Dyke (Orlando City), who excelled in his final months on loan to English Barnsley.
A note of quality can be made by playmaker Gianluca Bosio (Sporting Kansas City), who emerges at the age of 19 as the next great American promise to make the leap to Europe.
for this part, Haiti qualified for this edition after overcoming the preliminary round with resounding victories over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (6-1) and Bermuda (4-1).
Frantzdy Pierrot (Guingamp), author of the trilogy against Bermuda, and his attacking partner Duckens Nazon are presented as the big dangers to the team led by former player Jean-Jacques Pierre.
Nazon, that Playing French, English and Belgian football, he comes to the tournament without a team with the intention of winning his next contract.
Haiti, the surprise in the 2019 Gold Cup by falling in the semi-finals in extra time against Mexico, aspires to survive a group in which Canada lost its great star Alfonso Davies (Bayern Munich) at the last minute due to injury.
Sunday will be the twentieth confrontation between the two teams, With an advantage for Haiti with eight wins, six defeats and five draws.
However, the United States was unbeaten in the last four matches, with two wins and two draws.
The game will kick off Sunday at 7:30 p.m. local time (00:30 GMT Monday) at Mercy Park Children’s in Kansas City, Missouri.
United State: Matt Turner – Reggie Cannon, Walker Zimmerman, Miles Robinson, Sam Vines – Clain Acosta, Sebastian Lightgate, Jackson Yoel – Gianluca Bosio, Paul Areola and Daryl Dyke. DT: Greg Berhalter.
Haiti: Brian Sylvester – Carlins Arcos, Ricardo Ade, James Jeffrear, Martin Experience – Brian Alsos, Derek Etienne Jr., Leverton Pierre – Carnegie Antoine, Frantzde Piero and Dickens Nazon. DT: Jean-Jacques-Pierre.