Dhe Cuban football professional Yasmani Lopez has used his national team's participation in the Gold Cup to settle in the United States. Coach Raul Mederos confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday that Lopez had left the team following a bitter 7-0 defeat by Mexico last Saturday in Pasadena, California.
"It is his decision. Nobody else had anything to do with it. He made the decision all by himself, "said Mederos. Already in the run-up to the tournament, the Cuban Football Association had feared that his players could use the Gold Cup to escape from the communist-governed island state. Lopez was one of the most experienced players in the Cuban squad with 28 international appearances and captained Mexico against Mexico.
Meanwhile, co-hosts America started with a 4-0 (1-0) against outsider Guyana in the company's title defense. The former Bundesliga player Christian Pulisic, who will move from Borussia Dortmund to Chelsea, was also in the starting lineup of coach Gregg Berhalter as the Schalke professional Weston McKennie. Both were replaced because of the clear score in the second half and spared for the rest of the games.
The goals for coach Gregg Berhalter's team came from Paul Arriola (28 ') after a nice pass from McKennie, Tyler Boyd (51st, 81st) and Gyasi Zardes (55th). In the second game of the day, Panama prevailed 2-0 (0-0) against Trinidad and Tobago. The tournament for the Continental Championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean will be held in the United States, Costa Rica and Jamaica and will be played for the first time with 16 teams. The finale will take place on July 7 in Chicago.