USMNT vs Panama
July 28, 2013, 4 pm ET
Soldier Field, Chicago, Ill.
Watch on FOX/Univision
The top trophy in North American soccer will be won in the Windy City on Sunday afternoon when the US national team meet surprise contenders Panama in the Gold Cup final at Soldier Field.
Mexico's woeful underperformance this month prevented the border rivalry showcase that everyone expects from this tournament and opened the door for La Marea Roja. But coach Julio Dely Valdés and his men did more than enough to prove that they belong, defeating El Tri twice, handling Martinique and routing Cuba.
Meanwhile, the USMNT has been dominant, rolling up five straight wins (part of a larger 10-game winning streak which has set a program record) with 19 goals scored and four conceded. Both teams are undefeated to this point.
GOALKEEPERS: Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake)
DEFENDERS: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla/Mexico), Tony Beltran (Real Salt Lake), Edgar Castillo (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Clarence Goodson (San Jose Earthquakes), Michael Orozco Fiscal (Puebla/Mexico), Michael Parkhurst (FC Augsburg/Germany), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City), Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy)
MIDFIELDERS: Kyle Beckerman (Real Salt Lake), Alejandro Bedoya (Helsingborg/Sweden), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/Mexico), Mix Diskerud (Rosenborg/Norway), Stuart Holden (Bolton/England), Brek Shea (Stoke City/England), Jose Torres (Tigres UANL/Mexico)
FORWARDS: Will Bruin (Houston Dynamo), Landon Donovan (LA Galaxy), Chris Wondolowski (San Jose Earthquakes), Alan Gordon (San Jose Earthquakes), Eddie Johnson (Seattle Sounders)
GOALKEEPERS: Jaime Penedo (Motagua/Honduras), Luis Mejía (CA Fénix/Uruguay), Alex Rodríguez (Sporting San Miguelito/Panama)
DEFENDERS: Román Torres (Millonarios/Colombia), Juan Carlos Cedeño (Alianza/Panama), Harold Cummings (Árabe Unido/Panama), Carlos Rodríguez (Chepo/Panama), Leonel Parris (Tauro/Panama), Roderick Miller (San Francisco/Panama), Roberto Chen (San Francisco/Panama), Richard Dixon (Sporting San Miguelito/Panama)
MIDFIELDERS: Eybir Bonaga (San Francisco/Panama), Rolando Escobar (Deportivo Anzoátegui/Venezuela), Gabriel Gómez (Junior/Colombia), Aníbal Godoy (Chepo/Panama), Jairo Jiménez (Elche/Spain), Alberto Quintero (Chorrillo/Panama), Marcos Sánchez (Tauro/Panama), Juan de Díos Pérez (Tauro/Panama)
FORWARDS: Blas Pérez (FC Dallas), Gabriel Torres (Zamora/Venezuela), Rolando Blackburn (Chorrillo/Panama), Cecilio Waterman (CA Fénix/Uruguay)
U.S. Under-20 Men vs. Mexico Under-20 Men
Estadio Cuauhtémoc; Puebla
March 3, 2013 @ 7 p.m. ET
FOX Soccer, Galavision
The U.S. Under-20 Men’s National Team is looking to do something no previous U.S. U-20 MNT has done in the history of the U-20 qualifying tournament – win an outright final. The USA faces Mexico in a highly-anticipated title game at the 2013 CONCACAF U-20 Championship at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 3, at Estadio Cuauhtémoc in Puebla, Mexico. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Soccer and Galavision.
It's been a slow day on the board.
They are looking into the recent Argentina v Nigeria friendly and a few of the Gold Cup matches.
Here's the interesting part:
Der Spiegel reported Saturday that three unidentified CONCACAF Gold Cup matches are under scrutiny because of suspicious betting patterns in Asia. The bets were made on high-scoring games, and two of the matches ended 5-0, with the other finishing 4-0.
Mexico beat El Salvador and Cuba 5-0 while Costa Rica also beat Cuba by that score. Two games, Jamaica and Guatemala's wins against Grenada, finished 4-0.
It'll be interesting to see how this ends up especially with Mexico and the banned substances incident. Some of these Gold Cup teams are just bad, so I don't think some of these score lines are unusual.
I also think FIFA investigating shady activity is laughable.