North American neighbors will meet for the 32nd time
Mexico (1-0-0, 3 points) and Canada (1-0-0, 3 points) are the only other teams aside from Team USA that have won the Gold Cup trophy. On Wednesday night, these teams will face one another for the 32nd time in history. Only this time it'll be part of Group A play at the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Together these two countries have combined for eight Gold Cup titles, they've both hosted this event in the past, and they're both aiming for CONCACAF supremacy.
Both teams got off to excellent starts last weekend. Mexico shut out Cuba while Canada posted a clean sheet against Martinique, all to the combined score of 11-0. Now, these two teams will test one another on both sides of the ball as they hope to move one step closer to claiming Group A.
Mexico vs. Canada
When: Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET
Where: Broncos Stadium at Mile High (Denver)
TV: FS1 and Univision
Three Things to Watch
1. Mexico dominates again
Their 7-0 blanking of Cuba is the highest scoring game of the tournament thus far. It was the 10th time in which Mexico scored five or more goals in a single game in the Gold Cup. Mexico limited Cuba to three shots, 34 percent possession, pulled off 13 steals, and forced the Cubans to commit 10 fouls. Cuba also picked up a yellow card. Canada won't go away that easily, but the fact that Mexico is already firing on all cylinders shows that they mean business.
2. Canada will put up a fight
Perhaps the NBA champion Toronto Raptors inspired them last weekend. Canada held Martinique scoreless in their 4-0 opening win, making them 2-0-1 in their last three Gold Cup openers (7-4-3 in openers overall). While Martinique managed to get off 12 shots against them, Canada limited the French island nation to just 45 percent possession, drew 16 fouls, stole the ball from them on 24 occasions, and caused them to pick up a yellow card. Mexico offers a significant upgrade in talent, but Canada has proved that they are prepared.
3. El Tri has the advantage
In their previous 31 meetings with The Canucks, Mexico has the advantage, leading the series 19-4-8 and outscoring Canada 68-19 in the process. The last time Mexico didn't defeat Canada was back in 2000 when they played to a scoreless draw in a qualifier for the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Plain and simple; Canada puts up a fight but Mexico will get their 20th win against their regional rivals in a tight game. Denver's altitude will test both teams, but Mexico's talent and coaching wins out in the end.
Prediction: Mexico 4, Canada 3
— Gabe Salgado is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. He's also written for NBC, Fox, The Sporting News, The Sports Journal, The Undefeated and Complex. He's a co-host of The Rewind Sports: 60. Follow him on Twitter @GabeSalgado82.