The 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be a highly contested one, representing the major chance of footballing glory for most of the nations involved.
The USMNT go into the tournament on home turf looking to avenge a 4 - 2 final defeat to Mexico in the previous edition. On this occasion there is an extra incentive as the winner will secure a chance to play-off for Confederations Cup 2017 qualification.
The other main favourite, Mexico, have already got off to a terrible start as they were shocked 2 - 1 in their opening match against Panama. This is following a disappointing World Cup qualifying
campaign and going out in the first round of the Confederations Cup. Manager José Manuel de la Torre is now under serious pressure.
Players will be auditioning
Updated 27th July 2013 at 08:35 AM by Statisticus
In an unexpected escalation of tensions, FIFA today responded to Costa Rican plans to play the return leg of the USA-Costa Rica World Cup qualifier in La Guayaba de Talamanca, by awarding a 3-0 walkover to the USA.
Costa Rica had petitioned FIFA to schedule a rematch of the first game, citing player safety concerns and inhospitable conditions. The U.S. beat Costa Rica 1-0 in the blizzard at Colorado’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in near whiteout conditions with half a foot of snow on the field.
Costa Rica’s protest on the ground of players’ safety, the fact the grounds crew were allowed on the field during play, that the lines were not visible, and that the ball was unable to freely travel over a layer of snow was refused.
Updated 2nd April 2013 at 07:56 AM by 11v11