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2015 Gold Cup: Match Day One Recap and Match Day Two Preview

Match Day One is in the books and with that we look ahead to Match Day Two.

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The 2015 Gold Cup is up and underway after two matches in Frisco, Texas that saw a couple of matches that showed some good football and some darn right ugly football.  But after match day one, here is how Group A looks:

Points W L D Goal Differential
United States 3 1 0 0 +1
Haiti 1 0 0 1 0
Panama 1 0 0 1 0
Honduras 0 0 1 0 -1

Panama 1:1 Haiti

A largely ugly game of football was marred by 35 fouls and four yellow cards and featured Panama possessing the ball a shocking 68.6% of the time.  And yet it took until the 56th minute for Panama to find the breakthrough and it was scored by Alberto Quintero assisted by FC Dallas man Blas Perez.  It looked like Panama was going to get all three points, but Haiti grabbed the equalizer in the 86th minute by a goal from Sony Norde.  Colorado Rapids forward Gabriel Torres did not see the pitch for Panama in this match.  Panama next plays Honduras on Friday while Haiti takes on the United States on Friday as well.  Both matches will be played in Foxborough, MA.

United States 2:1 Honduras

Clint Dempsey scored twice for the Red, White and Blue and Brad Guzan made a number of critical saves to preserve the win, but to be blunt, the United States did not look good.  Sure, they had plenty of chances, but they gave up possession too easily and the backline looked shaky at best.  I guess you could say, hey they won and that is all that matters.  And that certainly is true, but if the boys play like that when they face the likes of Costa Rica and Mexico, the US could be in trouble.

And for Match Day Two, there are two excellent matches on tap:

How to Watch:  Costa Rica vs Jamaica

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, July 8 at 6:00 PM MDT

Venue: Stubhub Center--Carson, California

TV Information: Fox Sports 2 and UniMas

Gold Cup Titles: Costa Rica--NONE (Second Place in 2002).  Jamaica--NONE (Third Place in 1993)

World Ranking: Costa Rica--14th.  Jamaica--65th.

Thoughts: Costa Rica is the one team in this tournament (not named Mexico or the United States) that can legitimately win it and it would not be a shock.  They have a great deal of quality and will come into this tournament and match with a lot of belief in what they can accomplish.  For Jamaica, they seem to eternally be in transition and to grab a result in this match would be an upset.  They do have a good amount of MLS players and will hope to make a run into this tournament.

How to Watch:  El Salvador vs Canada

Match Date/Time: Wednesday, July 8 at 8:30 PM MDT

Venue: Stubhub Center--Carson, California

TV Information: Fox Sports 2 and UniMas

Gold Cup Titles: El Salvador--NONE.  Canada--2000

World Ranking: El Salvador--89th.  Canada--109th.

Thoughts: If you were to look solely at the world rankings you would think to yourself that this match is going to suck.  But I actually think this will be wide open and exciting.  El Salvador will be looking to get off on the right foot and Canada is looking to onto the world stage and sees this match as critical to accomplishing that goal.   And in this group, a win by either team will go a long way to advancing out of the group stage.