Group A action at the Concacaf Gold Cup continues on Wednesday, when reigning champions Mexico take on Guatemala, eyeing top spot in the group against a team yet to get a point on the board,
Both sides are looking for their first goal after playing their opening match of the tournament. Mexico opened the tournament with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Trinidad & Tobago, while Guatemala finished Sunday’s round of matches with a 2-0 loss to El Salvador.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game.
- Wednesday, July 14 | 9:30 pm ET
- Cotton Bowl | Dallas, Texas
What to know: Mexico
Mexico will be looking to remind the audience of their status as a regional powerhouse on Wednesday, particularly after failing to score and only picking up a point in their opening game. Against Guatemala, El Tri has the opportunity to prove the last game was just a blip as they attempt to defend their title.
Mexico, though, will be without Hirving Lozano for the rest of the tournament. The forward came off in the 18th minute against Trinidad & Tobago after suffering a head injury. He is out of the hospital, but the Mexican federation said Sunday he will require more tests and plastic surgery for an injury on his left eyebrow. He will be out for four to six weeks.
Lozano’s absence could, though, present an opportunity for LA Galaxy homegrown Efrain Alvarez to start against Guatemala.
What to know: Guatemala
Guatemala will face Mexico just days after becoming the last team to enter the group stage. They take the place of Curacao, who had to drop out after a number of positive COVID-19 tests required several members of the team to quarantine and miss the tournament.
Guatemala comes into the game after a 2-0 loss to El Salvador in the opener, and like most nations, with a squad full of domestically-based talent. The team is also fairly inexperienced. Only player has more than 30 caps — goalkeeper Ricardo Jerez, who has 53 caps — while eight have single digit caps.