2017 Gold Cup qualifiers [R]

Discussion in 'Gold Cup' started by Paul Calixte, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
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    Easiest thing would be to change qualifiers formats. They changed perfect World Cup format, they wouldn't have problems with messing around with qualifiers if clubs make some treats. :(
     
  2. Paul Calixte

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    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
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    Orlando City SC
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    United States
    The Haitian federation has revealed that the playoff will take place on March 24 and 28; apparently there will be a draw this Friday to determine who hosts which leg.
     
  3. Paul Calixte

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    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
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    United States
    The fixtures are set (stadia about 99% certain):

    Friday, March 24:

    Haiti vs. Nicaragua - Stade Sylvio Cator, Port-au-Prince

    Tuesday, March 28:

    Nicaragua vs. Haiti - Estadio UNAN, Managua
     
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  4. Paul Calixte

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    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
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    Orlando City SC
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    United States
    Quick show of hands: who here thought we'd actually have a draw for the Gold Cup in Montagliani's CONCACAF?

    Inocentes palomitas... :p

    Also worth noting: as I expected with the number of knockout-round venues, the semifinals will be held in different cities for the first time in recent memory.
     
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  5. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

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    Haiti - Nicaragua 3-1 in playoff leg 1. Nicaragua scored late to give themselves glimmer of hope for Tuesday's return leg.
     
  6. BKR inC

    BKR inC Member+

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  7. dinamo_zagreb

    dinamo_zagreb Member+

    Jun 27, 2010
    San Jose, CA / Zagreb, Croatia
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  8. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
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    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
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    Orlando City SC
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    United States
    :sick::sick::sick:

    One of the worst games I have ever seen Haiti play, and that's including the blowouts at the Copa América. I could count on Lula's left hand the number of times they strung four passes together; it was mostly dribbling 1-v-4, errant through balls and daring Nicaragua to break down their two lines of defense (which they did all night - both outside backs were non-factors).

    The penalty was soft, but the defense fell apart after that. @JasonMa and other Rapids fans: after a few solid games, Steward Ceus finally had a Ceus moment with the NT, chasing butterflies when Barrera beat him to the long-ball for the series winner. At that point, Haiti found it hard to transition from near 0 offense to having to desperately create goalscoring opportunities (surprise, surprise) and that was it.

    Props to Nicaragua - and while I don't 100% share Henry Duarte's confidence that they'll make the Gold Cup QFs, I'm certain they won't leave empty-handed like in 2009 either. As for Haiti: it's now time for a long-overdue rebuild, with no official games until the 2018 Caribbean Cup, or whatever Gold Cup qualifying tournament CONCACAF sets up now that the finals are expanding to 16.
     
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  9. Paul Calixte

    Paul Calixte Moderator
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    Orlando City SC
    Apr 30, 2009
    Miami, FL
    Club:
    Orlando City SC
    Country:
    United States
    Since we don't have a dedicated 2017 Gold Cup thread yet, I'll just leave this here. :D

     

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