How they qualified
Mexico have never had to go through qualification for the Gold Cup and this tournament was no exception after they qualified for the Hexagonal stage of CONCACAF qualification for the 2018 World Cup, giving them automatic entry to the 2019 Gold Cup.
They topped the Hexagonal stage and impressed at the 2018 World Cup, beating Germany 1-0 in their opening game before going out in the Round of 16 to Brazil.
Mexico are the most successful nation in the history of the Gold Cup, having won the tournament seven times, including three of the last five editions, with their most recent triumph coming in 2015. They have never failed to get past the group stage and anything other than winning the competition is a major disappointment for Mexico.
The Mexican squad contains a lot of experienced players who have been Gold Cup winners in the past, with Andres Guardado the most experienced with 154 caps and wins in 2011 and 2015, with his six goals helping Mexico to their most recent Gold Cup win. His experience will lead the younger players forward into this edition of the Gold Cup, as will the goals of Raul Jimenez, who has enjoyed a tremendous Premier League season with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Gerardo Martino has managed at one of the biggest clubs in the world in Barcelona and taken Argentina and Paraguay to Copa America finals, as well as being voted MLS Coach of the Year in 2018. He took over the role as Mexico Head Coach at the beginning of 2019 and carries the weight of expectation from the Mexican nation, although four wins out of four games has been a good start for him.
What can we expect?
For Mexico, anything less than winning the Gold Cup would be deemed a disappointment. They are the top ranked CONCACAF nation and have players who have been there and done it before, so they will look to win the group, then progress through the stages towards the final. Anything less will seem like a waste of time to the Mexicans.
15 June – Mexico v Cuba
Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena
19 June – Mexico v Canada
Venue: Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver
23 June – Mexico v Martinique
Venue: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
Jonathan Orozco 12-05-1986 Santos Laguna
Hugo Gonzalez 01-08-1990 Necaxa
Guillermo Ochoa 13-07-1985 Standard Liege
Nestor Araujo 21-08-1991 Celta Vigo
Carlos Salcedo 29-09-1993 UANL
Diego Reyes 19-09-1992 Leganes
Hector Moreno 17-01-1988 Real Sociedad
Cesar Montes 24-02-1997 Monterrey
Fernando Navarro 18-04-1989 Leon
Luis Rodriguez 21-01-1991 UANL
Jorge Sanchez 10-12-1997 America
Jesus Gallardo 14-08-1994 Monterrey
Edson Alverez 24-10-1997 America
Jonathan dos Santos 26-04-1990 LA Galaxy
Orbelin Pineda 24-03-1996 Cruz Azul
Carlos Rodriguez 03-01-1997 Monterrey
Luis Montes 15-05-1986 Leon
Erick Gutierrez 17-06-1995 PSV Eindhoven
Andres Guardado 28-09-1986 Real Betis
Raul Jimenez 05-05-1991 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Roberto Alvarado 07-09-1998 Cruz Azul
Alexis Vega 25-11-1997 Guadalajara
Rodolfo Pizarro 15-02-1994 Monterrey