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

Our friends to the north took the pitch on Wednesday night as the Canadians look to win their second Gold Cup.

Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

The second day of the 2015 Gold Cup is in the books and it was full of draws but that did not mean there was a lack of excitement.  Canada and El Salvador battled to a nil-nil draw that featured numerous shots on goal and Costa Rica was drawn by a superior Jamaica team.  Group B is all square with everyone on one point going into the second round of games to be held on Saturday in Houston.

Points W L D GD
Costa Rica 1 0 0 1 0
Jamaica 1 0 0 1 0
Canada 1 0 0 1 0
El Salvador 1 0 0 1 0

Costa Rica 2:2 Jamaica

Yeah, so Costa Rica is considered one of the favorites for this tournament and are ranked 14th in the World.  And yet, they tied Jamaica and, to be honest, the Ticos were second best for large portions of this match.  This will go down as an upset and for Jamaica, they were able to blow this group wide open.  And if not for a spectacular save in the 88th minute, Jamaica would have had all three points.  Eight of the 12 Gold Cup teams make the knock out round, so Costa Rica is not out of this, but this is a very, very disappointing result.

El Salvador 0:0 Canada

I really have only one thing to say about this one:  Oh Canada, and oh Cyle Larin.  You are going to remember that one for a very, very long time.  You simply cannot have a wide open net and shoot it 15 yards above the net.  Ouch.

On Thursday, Group C kicks off:

How to Watch:  Trinidad & Tobago vs Guatemala

Match Date/Time: Thursday, July 9 at 5:00 PM MDT

Venue: Soldier Field--Chicago, Illinois

TV Information: Fox Sports 2 and Univision Deportes

Gold Cup Titles: Trinidad & Tobago--NONE (Third Place in 2000).  Guatemala--NONE

World Ranking: Trinidad & Tobago--67th.  Guatemala--93rd

Thoughts: Group C is WIDE open and this match is critical because there is a great chance that one of these clubs will take second place (behind presumptive group winner Mexico).  Although Guatemala lost 4-0 to the USA last week in their tune-up match, they were far better than the scoreline reflected.  This match should be wide open with both clubs going for it and most certainly will be the better of the two matches to watch (as a neutral) on Thursday.

How to Watch:  Mexico vs Cuba

Match Date/Time: Thursday, July 9 at 7:30 PM MDT

Venue: Soldier Field--Chicago, Illinois

TV Information: Fox Sports 1 and UniMas

Gold Cup Titles: Mexico--1993, 1996, 1998, 2003, 2009, 2011.  Cuba--NONE

World Ranking: Mexico--23rd.  Cuba--107th

Thoughts: This should be an easy victory for El Tri, but they are suffering from some injury concerns and expectations.  Bottom line:  Mexico needs to win this Gold Cup and it starts with beating Cuba.  Cuba will make it tough for El Tri, but at the end of the day, the quality of Mexico should win out.