Match day two in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup is big for all involved. Heading into Saturdays matches all four teams are tied with one point each after Costa Rica and Jamaica tied 2-2 and Canada and El Salvador ended in a stalemate after both not being able to net. After this Saturdays matches the group will likely begin to really take form heading into the final set of matches. First Canada and Jamaica will face off at 6:30 p.m. and then Central American rivals Costa Rica and El Salvador will face off at 9 p.m, both matches will be played in Houston where the July heat will defintely play a role.
In the first match once again teammtes will square off as Karl Ouimette and Canada will face Kemar Lawrence and the Reggae Boyz. Ouimette did not feature in Les Rouges opening match, but will be hoping to get a chance as Benito Floro might look to alternate his team that will be on short rest. Canada was not able to score in their first game despite young star Cyle Larin having a golden chance, after beating El Salvador's keeper on a 1v1. The former UConn Husky will be hoping to forget the miss as his side will need him on Saturday.
Jamaica will be full of confidence heading into the match, after Lawrence and company gave Costa Rica all they could handle. Winfried Schafer's men will look to continue to build off of a solid Copa America appearence. The heat in Houston will play to the Reggae Boyz strengths as they will be able to use their speed late in the game when the Canadians tire. The New York Red Bulls' Kemar Lawrence has become a fixture in the team and will likely retain his spot in the starting 11.
Heading into the tournament Costa Rica was bitten by the injury bug losing key players like Keylor Navas, Oscar Duarte and Yeltsin Tejeda before the tournament. After their tie against the Reggae Boyz the side will lose yet another player who starred in Brazil last years during Los Ticos Cinderella run, Cristian Gamboa who suffered an injury to his right knee according to La Nacion will miss the match. The right back who plies his trade with West Bromwich was one of the few bright spots in an abysmal Costa Rican defense against Jamaica. Head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope has announced that Dave Myrie will take his teammates spot for the match.
Wanchope has also confirmed that he will make three other changes for his sides match against La Selecta. Many in Costa Rica have called for the Red Bulls Roy Miller to be one of those benched. Despite scoring, the defender was very shaky all game and struggled to deal with the speed of the Jamaican attackers.
After todays matches the teams will head to Canada to end group play. The matches in Toronto will be the first Gold Cup games ever held outside of the United States or Mexico. In the first match El Salvador will take on Jamaica at 6 p.m., shortly after Costa Rica will take on Canada on their home soil, the match is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.