Gold Cup Stops in Charlotte

CHARLOTTE, NC – It may be the offseason in the NFL, but the stands were rocking at Bank of America Stadium Wednesday night. That’s because the Gold Cup was back in Charlotte for the first time since 2011.

Bank of America Stadium hosted a double header Wednesday night with Cuba taking on Guatemala in game one followed by a battle for first place in group C between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago.

Wednesday marked the final games in group play for group C.  The crowd was overwhelming in support of Mexico who needed a win or tie to advance to the knockout stage.

“We’re going to win, 2-0, 3-0, hopefully 5-0.” said Fernando Martinez who was attending his first ever soccer game with his father.  “Everyone doubts Mexico but I think we got this in the bag, they are going to end up champions. They are going to take everybody down.”

The same confidence was oozing from Arturo Sanchez who made the trip from Tennessee for the big game.

“First time we’re coming to a game, so we’re really excited,” said Sanchez. “I’m going to say it’s going to be 4-1, because Mexico is looking really sharp today.”

Unfortunately for Sanchez that confidence did not translate to a win for team Mexico who had to settle for a 4-4 tie, but they will still move on to the knockout round. Mexico will face Costa Rica next while Trinidad and Tobago gets Panama.

Despite a 1-0 win for Cuba over Guatemala in the first game of the double header, both those teams are eliminated from the Gold Cup.

The finals will be played July 26th in Philadelphia.