This time, the CONCACAF Gold cup is going to be held at North America, to be specific United States are going to host the CONCACAF gold cup of 2017. 12 teams from North America, Central America and Caribbean zone will be participate in this prestigious tournament. Already 11 teams has been qualified and another one is yet to come through the play-off.
Now, Predicting the champion of a world tournament is always hard, and it’s harder for the Gold Cup 2017 because national teams like USA, Mexico, Canada are playing in here. In total these three teams have won all of the previous titles of CONCACAF Gold Cup. Mexico is the current title holder. They have won the title for 7 times including the current one. So, They are clearly ahead of the others. But, as football is an unpredictable game chances of USA just can’t be denied as they also have won the title 5 times. And they are favourites also because they will be playing at their home ground. Comparing with these two, Canada is in a bit back foot winning the title only for once. Now, If we talk about the mighty Mexico, they have plenty of good players playing for big clubs all over the world. Such as, Ochoa, Moreno, Layun, Reyes, Herrera, Molina, Dos Santos, Javier Hernandez, Carlos Vela etc who are very good at their own game. The biggest name of them is Javier Hernandez, the Mexican forward is in pretty good form for his current team Bayer Leverkusen. He has scored 5 goals in his last 9 matches for Leverkusen. And he also has the most individual goals for his country of this current lineup. He has 46 goals in 89 matches till now. Except him they also have players like Carlos Vela and Peralta, who are good in national team jersey. Moreover, Mexico is now in a very good form, they have won 4 of their last 5 international matches and another one was ended in draw. So, they have a good chance of winning the Gold cup tournament.
Now, about United States of America, they have a team of combination of old and young players. They have older players like Bradley, Dempsey, Tim Howard as well as youngsters like Pulisic, Zimmerman etc. Bradley has already played in 129 international matches for his national team and Dempsey has played in 131 matches. So, definitely their huge experience will come in handy. But the bad factor is their age. Dempsey is 34 and Howard is 38, Bradley is little less 29. The current form of this USA lineup is not very good. They have won just 2 matches of their last 5 and lost 2. Even if they have won the very last game by a huge 6 goal margin, but it was against comparatively weaker team, Honduras. Though they have got the likes of Clint Dempsey, Altidore they will have some difficulty, if they have to face the Mexican side. And their recent form is also not good against Mexico. They had lost by 2-1 in the last match played between these two side.
Now, As football is an unpredictable game, we can’t just announce a team to be the champion, but we can analyze. So, After doing this analysis, it is very safe to say that Mexico has a higher chance of winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup this year than of USA. And they also have the record of winning the cup back to back two times. So, most probably Mexico will be going to win the cup this time also