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    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. 

  • Goals are pretty hard to come by – Ellis dismisses celebration criticism Goals are pretty hard to come by – Ellis dismisses celebration criticism

    Jill Ellis dismissed criticism the United States faced for goal celebrations in her team's first World Cup match against Thailand, describing it as part of the game.

    USA were questioned for over-celebrating as the score reached 13-0, setting a record for either a men's or women's World Cup match, with former Canada international Kaylyn Kyle labelling them "disrespectful".

    USA head coach Ellis, however, explained her team were not celebrating the goals as much as they were celebrating the players and the hard work that went into scoring on the World Cup stage.

    "Goals are pretty hard to come by in our sport and I think the meaning behind those goals, the people behind those goals - you got to celebrate that," Ellis told reporters ahead of Sunday's clash with Chile.

    "That night was about celebrating people. I was most excited on the last goal we scored because that was Carli Lloyd. And I know all the history and all the background of that player to get to that moment and what that meant.

    "So I think that's important to put the human element in this as well. It might seem a scoreline to you, but it’s also years and years of work and the pride I had in that moment - I didn't know the score.

    "I wasn't celebrating the goal. I was celebrating Carli. I think that’s important."

    USA celebrated five goals from Alex Morgan, who matched a feat accomplished only by Michelle Akers for most goals scored by a player in a single game.

    Rose Lavelle, Lindsey Horan and Sam Mewis also scored for the first time in a World Cup as they made their tournament debuts.

    "You have to seize those moments," Ellis said. "I have seen a lot of goals in this tournament and there have been a lot of unique celebrations, exuberant celebrations.

    "That is part of a World Cup. It brings you to that level because it's the pinnacle of our sport.

    "I think it's great that women - not just our women, all women - get to celebrate in such an exuberant way with their own stamp as well."

  • Canada, Martinique open Gold Cup with Rose Bowl face off today Canada, Martinique open Gold Cup with Rose Bowl face off today

    The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup kicks off this Saturday with an interesting battle in Group A between Canada and Martinique at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

    The two teams arrive into the contest fresh off of a successful 2018-19 Concacaf Nations League Qualifying campaign in which they both took collected victories in each of their four matches.

    Saturday’s clash marks the fourth Gold Cup contest between the two sides, with Martinique taking the three points in their last meeting, a 1-0 win in Group A in the 2013 Gold Cup, also played at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl.

    Martinique will be led by dangerman Kevin Parsemain, who took the Gold Cup by storm two years ago in the 2017 edition when he scored three goals in the group stage.

    Meanwhile, there is plenty of young talent on the Canadian side, led by Bayern Munich man Alphonso Davies, who served up four assists during CNLQ.

    Canada is appearing in its 14thGold Cup, while Martinique will take the field in the Gold Cup for the sixth time in its history.

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