Copa Centroamericana Opens Today on Gol TV

logo copa centroamericana 2013For the serious international fan, here’s a chance to see three of our Hexagonal foes (Costa Rica, Honduras and Panama) live via Gol TV.

The schedule, included in my Soccer on TV Calendar and listed below, offers all three games during the four days of play between today and next Friday. The teams are not complete as many of the European-based players will not be released but the MLS-based players will be featured and there will still be things to learn.

Via a Google translation of Univision Desportes, from San Jose, Costa Rica – The football teams of Costa Rica (Mar 22 & Sep 6) and Honduras (Feb 6 and Jun 18), which account for most of the Central American championships, starting tomorrow seek to maintain that hegemony when starting in San José’s Central American Cup, which also comes as a Panama rival weight.

With six of the 11 titles in this event, formerly UNCAF Cup, Costa Rica, led by Colombian coach Jorge Luis Pinto, appears as one of the favorites, as well as be taken that will play at home.

“We must be clear that we must win it (the Central American Cup). Need to look to play good football and accentuate the team,” Pinto told reporters.

Costa Rica is located in Group A along with Guatemala, Belize and Nicaragua, while the B integrates the defending champion Honduras, El Salvador and Panama. The top two will qualify for the semifinals.

Costa Rica will be without players like goalkeeper Keilor Navas (Levante, ESP), the left Bryan Oviedo (Everton, ING), and the attackers Bryan Ruiz (Fulham, ING) and Joel Campbell (Real Betis, ESP). The call to command the attack ‘Tico’ will be the veteran striker Alvaro Saborio, who plays for Real Salt Lake American.

The other big favorite is Honduras, champions and winner of three editions of the tournament, and that comes with the goal of being the protagonist and to strengthen the schema to use in qualifying this year towards the World Cup Brazil 2014. The main figure is the New England Revolution striker Jerry Bengston U.S., who will be responsible for scoring the goals in the absence of players like Carlo Costly (Veria, GRE) and Wilson Palacios (Stoke City, ING) .

In recent years, Panama has become a strong competitor in Central and even won a regional edition of the tournament in 2009, so their title aspirations can not be underestimated. Panamanians present a dangerous line of attack with the forwards Blas Perez (FC Dallas, USA) and Rolando Blackburn (Senica, SLK), who will attempt to fill the quota scorer Toluca Mexican striker Luis Tejada, to be reserved for the playoffs.

Friday 18 January
Guatemala vs. Nicaragua
Honduras vs. El Salvador
Costa Rica vs. Belize

Sunday 20 January
Belize vs. Guatemala
El Salvador vs. Panama
Costa Rica vs. Nicaragua

Tuesday 22 January
Nicaragua vs. Belize
Panama vs. Honduras
Costa Rica vs. Guatemala

Friday 25 January
3rd Group A vs. 3rd Group B

Semifinals
The 1st Group B vs. The 2nd Group A
The 1st Group A vs. The 2nd Group B

Sunday 27 January
Losers of Semifinales

Grand Final
Winners of semifinals