The draw of Group B of this years CONCACAF Gold Cup has made for some interesting matchups. Not only does it pin regional rivals against each other but also club teammates, as Kemar Lawrence (Jamaica), Roy Miller (Costa Rica), and Karl Ouimette (Canada) of the New York Red Bulls have all been called up by their countries for the tournament.
The first match up between teammates will be tonight as Kemar Lawrence's Jamaica side take on Roy Miller and Costa Rica. Later tonight, Canada will take on the fourth member of Group B, El Salvador. Both matches will take place in Carson, California at the StubHub Center home of the Los Angeles Galaxy.
Lawrence is coming off a spectacular performance in last month's Copa America. Since his move to the Red Bulls, things have been going very well for "Taxi," and the left back has seemingly cemented a spot in Winfried Schäfer's squad.
Although Jamaica left Chila without a win, the results do not tell the full story. The Reggae Boyz lost all three matches 1-0 and earned plaudits for their performance. As many of the same players who competed in the Copa America will be doing double duty for the Gold Cup, it will be interesting to see if fatigue becomes an issue for the team.
Roy Miller started, but went off injured in his countries last match against Mexico. Since then, it has since been reported that this was a precautionary move. According to mariosegura.com Costa Rica will start tonight with the same lineup it did against Mexico, which would mean Miller would be starting at centerback for Los Ticos.
Costa Rica will be looking to forget the team's recent struggles and continue to build off of last summers World Cup success under head coach Paulo Cesar Wanchope. The tournament will be Wanchope's first tounament at the helm of the Central American side.
Ouimette did not play in Canada's last match against Dominica. Canada won the match, moving on to the third round of World Cup Qualifying. Les Rouges have been a much improved side under Benito Floro and will look to surprise many in their first Gold Cup under the Spaniard.
Red Bulls fans might secretly be hoping that El Salvador is one of the team's that makes it out of this group, allowing one of the three defenders to return to New York, given Chris Duvall will be out for an extended period of time.
All three defenders will be back in action on July,11 in Houston, Texas where Jamaica plays Canada, and Costa Rica faces off against El Salvador.