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USMNT Grouped With Canada at 2021 Gold Cup After Concacaf’s First Proper Draw

USMNT Grouped With Canada at 2021 Gold Cup After Concacaf's First Proper Draw

In the past, Concacaf hand-picked its Gold Cup groups based on commercial and competitive considerations. This year, however, in advance of the 16th regional championship, a proper draw was conducted for the first time. And for the USA, it delivered a tantalizing rematch with Alphonso Davies and Canada.

Canada was responsible for the low point of USA coach Gregg Berhalter’s tenure, an emphatic 2-0 Nations League triumph in Toronto last October. Although Berhalter and Co. exacted a bit of revenge the following month in Orlando, Canada is an up-and-coming team that should represent a stiffer-than-usual group-stage test. It is the only nation other than the USA or Mexico to win a Gold Cup. The Americans also will face Martinique, and a qualifier to be determined, in the group stage of next summer’s regional championship.

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