It’s been a strange CONCACAF Gold Cup for both Mexico and Honduras. It was all change for Mexico before the tournament began with a vastly different squad to that which competed in the Confederations Cup. Then, manager, Juan Carlos Osorio was banned for six matches for his behaviour towards a fourth official when in Russia. As for Honduras, they were caught up in the Florent Malouda selection drama and were eventually awarded a 3-0 win of French Guiana despite drawing their match 0-0. At least both sides made it out of the group stage and they are set to meet for their quarter-final at the University of Phoenix Stadium.
Despite being the favourites to win Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the USA had to rely on a late Matt Miazga goal in their final match against Nicaragua to top the group. With the group stage taken care of, Bruce Arena has made the maximum of six changes to his squad to reinforce their chances in the knockout stage which begins against El Salvador at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Neither Jamaica nor Canada turned up to America expecting too much out of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. But now they’ve both made it through the group stage they’ve got nothing to lose and are intent to see just how far they can go. It’s fair to say that both teams have been workmanlike so far. When they meet at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona on Thursday evening (local time) it will either be more of the same as one side grinds their way to the semi-finals or, more hopefully, they’ll finally spring to life and provide neutrals with a thrilling knockout game.
We’ve just come off the back of two top quality weeks of links golf on the European Tour with both the Irish and Scottish Opens. But throughout we’ve known that it’s all been building up to the big one, the Open Championship. The oldest of golf’s four major championships, this year’s renewal is the 146th Open and as ever, the world’s best players and a selection of qualifiers will play at a world class links course for a crack at winning the famous Claret Jug.
It’s not just Newmarket where you will find top quality racing this weekend. Racing fans will also turn their attentions towards York for the ever-popular John Smith’s Cup. With a big field and winners possible from all levels of the betting, this is certainly a race worth getting your teeth stuck into.