Gold Cup 2015 Soccer: Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago

Written by on July 15, 2015

The winner of Group C at the 2015 Gold Cup will be decided on Wednesday night in Charlotte, North Carolina, and there are plenty of people who are surprised at the way things have gone in that group already. Mexico came in as big soccer betting favorites, but they currently find themselves playing second fiddle to a Trinidad & Tobago team that has been a very pleasant surprise.

Gold Cup 2015 Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago Match Info

Date/Time: Wednesday, July 15, 8:30 p.m. ETLocation: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, NCTV: Fox Sports 2, Univision DeportesOpening Line: Mexico -1½+110Mexico were expected to run away with this group, and things seem to get off to the perfect start when they beat an undermanned Cuba side 6-0 in their opening game. It was a big win, but one that came with a few warning signs, as El Tri squandered chance after chance to really run up the score. It’s tough to say that a team is suffering from poor finishing when they score 6 times, but that fault certainly came to light when they could only manage a 0-0 tie against a Guatemala team that had been reduced to 10 men. To add insult to injury, that game was ended a streak of 32 Gold Cup games where Mexico had scored at least 1 goal. The pressure from fans and the media is always huge when Mexico plays in a major tournament, and you can bet that the knives will be out on Wednesday night if they put in another lackluster performance.Sitting at the top of Group C, with a place already booked in the next round, is Trinidad & Tobago. They have been the surprise team of the tournament, and have been a joy to watch. They got the ball rolling with a comfortable 3-1 win over Guatemala, and then followed that up with a 2-0 victory over Cuba. They have been getting solid performances from everyone on the team, but it has been center back Sheldon Bateau who has been the stand out player. He has been a rock in the heart of defense, and has also chipped in offensively with a goal in each of the first 2 games. Trinidad are sure to be delighted with how things have gone so far, but they also know that winning the group will give them a slightly less challenging draw in the next round.

Gold Cup 2015 Team Lineups:

MEXICOGK – Moises Muñoz (Club America/Mexico); Guillermo Ochoa (Malaga/Spain); Jonathan Orozco (Monterrey/Mexico)DF – Paul Aguilar (Club America/Mexico); Yasser Corona (Queretaro/Mexico); Miguel Herrera (Pachuca/Mexico); Miguel Layun (Watford/England); Hector Moreno (Espanyol/Spain); Diego Reyes (Porto/Portugal); Francisco Javier Rodriguez (Cruz Azul/Mexico)MF – Jonathan Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Jesús Dueñas (Tigres/Mexico); Andres Guardado (PSV Eindhoven/Netherlands); Hector Herrera (Porto/Portugal); Antonio Rios (Toluca/Mexico); Jorge Torres Nilo (Tigres/Mexico); Jose Juan Vazquez (Leon/Mexico)FW – Jesus Corona (FC Twente/Netherlands); Giovani Dos Santos (Villarreal/Spain); Carlos Esquivel (Toluca/Mexico); Javier Hernandez (Real Madrid/Spain); Oribe Peralta (Club America/Mexico); Carlos Vela (Real Sociedad/Spain)trinidad & tobagoTRINIDAD & TOBAGOGK – Adrian Foncette (Police FC/Trinidad & Tobago); Marvin Phillip (Point Fortin Civic/Trinidad & Tobago); Jan-Michael Williams (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago)DF – Radanfah Abu Bakr (HB Koge/Denmark); Sheldon Bateau (KV Mechelen/Belgium); Daneil Cyrus (Ha Noi T&T/Vietnam); Aubrey David (Shakhter Karagandy /Kazakhstan); Yohance Marshall (Juventud Independiente/El Salvador); Mekeil Williams (DirecTV W Connection/Trinidad & Tobago)MF – Andre Boucaud (Dagenham & Redbridge/England); Cordell Cato (San Jose Earthquakes/USA); Keron Cummings (North East Stars/Trinidad & Tobago); Kevan George (Columbus Crew/USA); Khaleem Hyland (Genk/Belgium); Dwane James (North East Stars/Trinidad & Tobago); Joevin Jones (Chicago Fire/USA); Lester Peltier (Slovan Bratislava/Slovakia)FW – Kadeem Corbin (St. Ann Rangers/Trinidad & Tobago); Jonathan Glenn (IBV/Iceland); Atualla Guerra (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago); Kenwyne Jones (Cardiff City/Wales); Willis Plaza (Central FC/Trinidad & Tobago);Rundell Winchester (Portland Timbers 2/USA);Both teams will be keen to finish on top in Group C, but it is Mexico who have the most to lose by not getting a result here. The pressure on them will be huge, but I think they can overcome it and get a 2-1 ( (