The Gold Cup group opponents for this year’s critical Gold Cup tournament–the winner gets to go to the annual pre-World Cup preparation tournament called the Confederation’s Cup–was announced this morning.
The US finds itself with an interesting, but not altogether difficult initial set of opponents.
The US is perennial World Cup attendee; these are teams that should be beaten.
They are Canada, Panama and Guadeloupe.
USA vs. Canada, Detroit Motor City, on June 7th, 2011.
USA vs. Panama, Tampa Bay, on June 11th, 2011.
USA vs. Guadeloupe, Kansas City, June 14th, 2011.
And you have to consider Mexico’s grouping of Costa Rica, El Salvador and Cuba to be a bit more daunting.
The final grouping? Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Grenada.