We are down to the final four in the Gold Cup, with historic favorites Mexico and the United States in the mix alongside and finalists Jamaica and tournament revelation Haiti. Here is the lowdown on each of the two semifinal clashes.
The Stars and Stripes were supposed to play World Cup upstarts Australia in their third and fourth matches of the Victory Tour, but due to an internal dispute on the Australian side, Haiti were instead selected as opponents, per USSoccer. Haiti were no match for the World Champions in their last meeting Thursday, losing , and fans shouldn't expect anything different Sunday.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football side are relative minnows of world football and should provide the Stars and Stripes with little more than a warm-up match ahead of their highly anticipated clash with Brazil.
Date: Sunday, September 20 Time: p. As reported by ESPN.
These two teams shouldn't even be on the same pitch, but you can't fault the Americans for picking Haiti as an opponent; Australia dropped out, and a solution had to be found in a hurry. Instead of real test, the world champions now get to treat their home fans to an incredible scoring barrage and some attractive football, which isn't a bad thing, considering these matches are still part of the Victory Tour.
Those fans continue to turn out in huge numbers and give the team an incredible reception, something Press gladly thanked them for, per the team's official Twitter account: U. The World Cup hero has quickly established herself as the new darling of women's soccer in the country, and while coach Jill Ellis will likely rotate her squad again and give some of the younger players minutes, Lloyd continues to be a must-start.
The USA's dominance over Haiti was particularly visible in the air, as the visiting defenders struggled covering the attacker, at times taking odd angles to try and close down the ball. Expect similar tactics from Ellis' squad Sunday, although with a higher emphasis on proper build-up play from the back.
Because even though the Americans easily dominated Haiti, not everything went according to plan. The USA's passing was horrendous at times, and if you take a ridiculous 40 shots, you have to score more than five goals.
It's unfortunate for the visitors, who don't deserve this, but the USA are likely to come out on fire Sunday, led by Lloyd and Dunn, who has so far done a nice job convincing coach Ellis she deserves to be a part of the full-time squad.
More call ups, pls. USWNT Sunday's match will be about improving on Thursday's showing, particularly in front of goal and in playing out of the back.
Double-digit goals are a possibility, with the Haiti squad not used to playing matches this close together and visibly tiring late Thursday. Final Prediction This could get ugly.
Again, double-digit goals are a real possibility, although this prediction will be a little more conservative. USA Haiti.