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Gold Cup Daily: Keep an eye on Guadeloupe

Call me crazy, but I have a hunch Guadeloupe who qualified for their first ever Gold Cup could be dangerous in a somewhat weak group based in Miami. Costa Rica has a squad in transition and Haiti’s team lacks depth and experience. I like Canada to win Group A, but believe that Guadeloupe could sneak into second place. Here’s why: Guadeloupe has actually produced by way of lineage some of the best players in World Football, like Thierry Henry, William Galas, Louis Saha and Sylvian Wiltord. Now that Guadeloupe has its own national team, players that trace their lineage to Guadeloupe will be eligible to play for either the island or for France. (Guadeloupe is a principality of France.)

This Guadeloupe team could be good. They could also be quite bad having never played as a unit before. But if the number of players on a team that play in top divisions in Europe is any indication Guadeloupe will be far from the worst team in this competition. David Sommiel is a player I am familiar with from his time at Manchester City and he is a quality full back, and a good organizer which a team full of players that have never played together could use.

For Guadeloupe to have any chance to advance they need points in tonight’s match up versus Haiti. It would also be helpful if Canada and Costa Rica draw. Though, for a tiny island like Guadeloupe they have already achieved success by advancing through qualifying to the Gold Cup itself.

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About Kartik Krishnaiyer

A lifelong lover of soccer, the beautiful game, he served from January 2010 until May 2013 as the Director of Communications and Public Relations for the North American Soccer League (NASL). Raised on the Fort Lauderdale Strikers of the old NASL, Krishnaiyer previously hosted the American Soccer Show on the Champions Soccer Radio Network, the Major League Soccer Talk podcast and the EPL Talk Podcast. His soccer writing has been featured by several media outlets including The Guardian and The Telegraph. He is the author of the book Blue With Envy about Manchester City FC.
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