Pre-Game Hype: USMNT vs. Martinique

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Christopher Donahoo

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USMNT v Martinique

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2017

Location: Raymond James Stadium (Tampa, FL)

Time: 9pm ET

TV: Fox, Univision, Univision Deportes


Bruce Arena was annoyed with the 1-1 draw in their opening Gold Cup match on Saturday. The USMNT will need much improvement if they are to lift the trophy on July 26th at the Levi Stadium. Dom Dwyer gave the hosts the lead before Miguel Camargo equalized to split the points.

It will be imperative for the USMNT to get three points on Wednesday in Tampa if they are to win Group B. Martinique is brimming with confidence after their 2-0 win last weekend against Nicaragua, which puts them atop of the group with 3 points.

Here’s the full rosters


GK: Brad Guzan (Atlanta United FC; 55/0), Bill Hamid (D.C. United; 2/0),, Sean Johnson (New York City FC; 5/0)

DEF: Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City; 40/1), Omar Gonzalez (Pachuca/MEX; 40/1), Matt Hedges (FC Dallas; 3/0), Eric Lichaj (Nottingham Forest/ENG; 11/0), Matt Miazga (Chelsea/ENG; 2/0), Justin Morrow (Toronto FC/CAN; 1/0), Jorge Villafaña (Santos Laguna, MEX; 7/0), Graham Zusi (Sporting Kansas City; 49/5)

MID: Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas; 9/1), Paul Arriola (Club Tijuana/MEX; 6/2), Alejandro Bedoya (Philadelphia Union; 61/2), Joe Corona (Club Tijuana/MEX; 18/2), Dax McCarty (Chicago Fire; 7/0), Chris Pontius (Philadelphia Union; 2/0), Cristian Roldan (Seattle Sounders FC; 0/0), Kelyn Rowe (New England Revolution; 1/0), Gyasi Zardes (LA Galaxy; 32/7)

FOR: Juan Agudelo (New England Revolution; 23/3), Dom Dwyer (Sporting Kansas City; 1/1), Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC; 16/2)


GK: Loïc Chauvet (CS Case-Pilote); Kevin Olimpa (Platanias FC/GRE); Emmanuel Vermignon (Club Colonial)

DEF: Sebastien Cretinoir (Golden Lion de Saint-Joseph); Jordy Delem (Seattle Sounders FC 2/USA); Gerald Dondon (Club Colonial); Antoine Jean-Baptiste (FC Villefranche/FRA); Florian Narcissot (Club Franciscain); Karl Vitulin (AS Samaritaine); Nicolas Zaire (Club Franciscain)

MID: Stephane Abaul (Club Franciscain); Daniel Herelle (Golden Lion de Saint-Joseph); Christof Jougon (Club Franciscain); Djenhael Mainge (Club Franciscain); Jean-Manuel Nedra (Aiglon du Lamentin); Yann Thimon (Golden Lion de Saint-Joseph)

FOR: Anthony Angely (Poitiers FC/FRA); Yoann Arquin (Mansfield Town FC/ENG); Johan Audel (Beitar Jerusalem FC/ISR); Steeven Langil (Waasland-Beveren/BEL); Johnny Marajo (Club Franciscain); Kevin Parsemain (Golden Lion de Saint-Joseph); Gregory Pastel (RC Rivière-Pilote)

On paper, the USMNT should be easily handling the Caribbean guests. But the Gold Cup always tends to provide a surprise or two. The US has only faced Martinique once, which was a 2-0 win in the 2003 Gold Cup from goals from Brian McBride (#McGod).

Time to step up our game, AO! The boys will need to feel the love to push them through the group stage! Get to your AO Bar!

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