Gold Cup 2013 Predictions: Projections for Every Country

Peter BrownellContributor IJune 30, 2013

Gold Cup 2013 Predictions: Projections for Every Country

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    The CONCACAF Gold Cup is set to start on July 7, with Canada facing Martinique and Mexico taking on Panama on the first match day. 

    This international tournament pits 12 of CONCACAF's elite soccer nations against one another over the course of July. 

    It is a fascinating watch and offers drama and renewed rivalries.

    Here are the predictions for how the tournament will play out. 

Group A: Canada, Martinique, Mexico, Panama

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    Mexico are the clear top dog in Group A of the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

    They should face a stiff test against a talented Panama side, though. 

    Canada, sporting a roster littered with younger players, is a wildcard here as well.  They, too, have a puncher's chance to challenge the Mexicans.   

    As for Martinique, it is likely to be a long tournament for the tiny and inexperienced Caribbean nation. 

     

    Winner

     

    Mexico

     

    Second Place

     

    Panama

     

    Third Place

     

    Canada

     

    Fourth Place

     

    Martinique

Group B: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Trinidad and Tobago

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    Honduras are the most talented side in Group B of CONCACAF's Gold Cup.

    They should cruise through what is arguably the weakest group in the tournament.

    El Salvador and Trinidad and Tobago are the likely contenders for second place in Group B. 

    Each team will expect to bag three points against an underwhelming Haiti side.

     

    Winner

     

    Honduras

     

    Second Place

     

    El Salvador

     

    Third Place

     

    Trinidad and Tobago

     

    Fourth Place

     

    Haiti

Group C: Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, United States

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    The United States should continue their fine run of form of late and dominate Group C of CONCACAF's Gold Cup.

    Costa Rica will provide the biggest threat to the Americans in a rematch of their recent World Cup qualifier in blizzard conditions.

    Belize and Cuba will battle it out for third place in Group C.

     

    Winner

     

    United States

     

    Second Place

     

    Costa Rica

     

    Third Place

     

    Cuba

     

    Fourth Place

     

    Belize

Quarterfinals

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    The first CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match pits the second-place team of Group A against the second-place team of Group B. Based on the previous predictions this will likely be Panama and El Salvador. 

    The second CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match sees the winner of Group A face the best third-place team between the two other groups. Based on the aforementioned predictions, the likely candidates here will be Mexico from Group A and Trinidad and Tobago from Group B.

    The third CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match is reserved for the winner of Group B and the second-place finisher of Group C, likely Honduras from the former and Costa Rica from the latter.

    The fourth CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal match pits the winner of Group C against the best third-place team of Group A and Group B, most likely the U.S. and Canada.

     

    Panama vs. El Salvador

     

    Panama

     

    Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago

     

    Mexico

     

    Honduras vs. Costa Rica

     

    Honduras

     

    U.S. vs. Canada

     

    U.S.

Semifinals

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    This first CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match will be between the winners of the predicted Panama vs. El Salvador match (Group A second place, vs. Group B second place) against the winner of the predicted Mexico vs. Trinidad and Tobago match (Group A winner vs. best third place Group B or Group C team). 


    The second CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal match will be between the winners of the predicted Honduras vs. Costa Rica match (Group B winner vs. Group C second place) and the winner of the predicted U.S. vs. Canada match (Group C winner vs. best third place Group A or Group B team). 

     

    Panama vs. Mexico

     

    Mexico

     

    U.S. vs. Honduras

     

    U.S.

Final

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    The CONCACAF Gold Cup final pits the winners of each semifinal against one another.

    Based on the previous predictions, the U.S. and Mexico will nab the two spots in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final and continue to reign supreme atop the North American, Central American and Caribbean World Cup qualifying region.

     

    U.S. vs. Mexico

     

    U.S.

     

    In a rematch of the last CONCACAF Gold Cup final in 2011—a 4-2 victory for Mexico in which the Yanks were up 2-0—the U.S. will squeak by 2-1 with a game-winning goal from longtime Mexico foil Landon Donovan.

    Regardless of how it all shakes out, the Gold Cup is a phenomenal time for a CONCACAF nation.  The tournament will undoubtedly provide dramatic moments and high-quality soccer from start to finish.