No Caribbean players make Gold Cup Best XI

By July 08, 2019
Panama's Alberto Quintero, center, kicks the ball past Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence, left, and Michael Hector during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. Panama's Alberto Quintero, center, kicks the ball past Jamaica's Kemar Lawrence, left, and Michael Hector during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match, Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Despite the fact that, for the first time in the competition’s history, two Caribbean teams, Haiti and Jamaica, were in the final four of the Gold Cup, no players from those nations managed to find their way into a Best XI. 

The slots in the eleven were dominated by the finalists, Mexico and the United States, with one Canadian in the mix.

In total, seven players from 2019 Gold Cup champions Mexico, who defeated the United States in the Final, 1-0, on Sunday night at Soldier Field in Chicago have been picked.

It is no surprise that Canadian forward Jonathan David made the list after he took home Golden Boot Award honors. Other notable inclusions are Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, who was named the Golden Glove winner and United States midfielder Christian Pulisic, who was named the Best Young Player.

Notable abesntees include Kemar Lawrence, who was just last week named to an MLS Best XI, and regular standout goalkeeper, Andre Blake. Haiti forward, Duckens Nazon did not have goals to show but his contribution to his team's semi-final berth could easily have given him a look in.

In a quarterfinal against the more fancied Canada, Canada, Nazon, with a 50th minute goal and an assist on W Guerrier's goal

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Best XI

Goalkeeper: Guillermo Ochoa, Mexico
Defender: Luis Rodriguez, Mexico
Defender: Carlos Salcedo, Mexico
Defender: Aaron Long, United States
Defender: Jesus Gallardo, Mexico
Midfielder: Michael Bradley, United States
Midfielder: Andres Guardado, Mexico
Midfielder: Jonathan dos Santos, Mexico
Winger/Right Midfielder: Jonathan David, Canada 
Winger/Right Midfielder: Christian Pulisic, United States
Forward: Raul Jimenez, Mexico

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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