FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller will lead his Canadian team reeling from a surprise opening CONCACAF Gold Cup game into tonight’s game against a similarly wounded Mexico expecting to be without three key players for the must-win game.
Interim coach Miller, whose side lost 1-0 to a last-minute Martinique goal on Sunday, could be without captain Will Johnson and fellow midfielder Russell Teibert, who are suffering from an illness and forward Simeon Jackson, who is signing with German club Eintracht Braunschweig.
“The plot just got bigger for us,” said Miller. “As a door closes, another slams right in our face. I’m blown away with the bad luck that we’ve had the last week. I must have done something wrong in my lifetime to have this bad luck. But our players are behind us.”
Miller and Canada head into the game at Century Link Field in Seattle (kickoff 11pm ET) arguably under less pressure than a Mexican side that suffered a 2-1 loss to Panama at the weekend
“Why can’t Canada win?” asked Miller. “Sure we can. Our players have to stay confident. Nothing is impossible.”
Earlier tonight, the Group A leaders Martinique and Panama meet at 8.30pm ET.
Friday evening’s action comes from Sun Life Stadium in Miami as another FC Edmonton North American Soccer League connection sees defender Carlyle Mitchell line up for Trinidad & Tobago against Haiti at 7pm ET.
Mitchell saw action earlier this week in a 2-2 draw with El Salvador, whose Atlanta Silverbacks midfielder Richie Menjivar faces Honduras in the second game in Miami at 9pm. Honduras currently top Group B after a 2-0 win over Haiti.
Group C resumes on Saturday night when the United States, who cruised to a 6-1 victory over Belize as Chris Wondolowski grabbed a coveted hat trick, take on Cuba at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City at 3.30pm. Then at 6pm, Costa Rica, who also hold three points after a 3-1 win over Cuba, face Belize. Wins for the USA and Costa Rica would set up a Group C decider in Hartford, CT on Tuesday evening.
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