Uphill task for Cuba with Mexico opener

By CONCACAF June 15, 2019
Action in the last Concacaf Gold Cup game between Cuba and Mexico. From left: Cuba´s Armando Coroneaux and Mexico's Hector Herrera on July 9, 2015 at the Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill, USA. Action in the last Concacaf Gold Cup game between Cuba and Mexico. From left: Cuba´s Armando Coroneaux and Mexico's Hector Herrera on July 9, 2015 at the Soldier Field in Chicago, Ill, USA.

Both Mexico and Cuba will be seeking a bright start to their respective 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup campaigns when they meet in the opening round of Group A on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

This will be the fourth Gold Cup meeting between the two sides, with El Tricolor having won the previous three. 

However, Cuba arrives into the contest boasting plenty of firepower in the form of dynamic duo Luis Paradela and Yordan Santa Cruz.

The two attackers combined for nine goals in 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, helping the Cubans to a 3W-0D-1L record and a sixth-place finish to qualify for the Gold Cup.

Meanwhile, seven-time Gold Cup champion Mexico will be led by MF and captain Andres Guardado, who has 10 goals in 18 Gold Cup appearances.

On the defensive end, fans of El Tricolor will rest easy knowing that veteran GK Guillermo Ochoa is in the squad.

Ochoa is set to appear in his fifth Gold Cup and has 14 Gold Cup matches under his belt.

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