🏆 Group of death? Easiest path? It's your Gold Cup draw reaction!
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Well, it was a draw.
The managers filed in to SoFi Stadium on Friday and learned their teams’ fates. Now, they’ll get to work drawing up a plan to get back to the same facility for the Gold Cup final on July 16.
Even if the presentation had you saying, “Hey, maybe the bands and the dancers aren’t so bad after all…” the Gold Cup draw took place without major incident and produced these groups:
Let’s take a look at some of the major talking points, starting with the one you have to ask after every draw and ending with a glance at those prelims.
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What’s the group of death?
Concacaf president Victor Montagliani said during the broadcast of the draw that this may be the first Gold Cup with a true group of death thanks to how the pots set up, not to mention the increased level of competition in the region.
There have been some competitive groups in the past. But, with a less heavy Concacaf thumb on the scale, it’s more likely teams with championship aspirations clash during the group stage.
It’s not my favorite term, but I’m going to call it: There is a Group of Death in this summer’s Gold Cup, and it’s not why you think.
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