- Barbados boast a very young side and are taking aim at a first ever Gold Cup appearance
- No team has captured the imagination of fans around the region in recent years than Montserrat
- Bahamas is seeking a first ever Gold Cup appearance
MIAMI, Florida – On Monday, September 28, Concacaf will conduct the Draw for the 2021 Gold Cup in which 16 teams will look to win Concacaf’s most prestigious national team tournament.
This year, the Gold Cup will include three teams that have qualified from a 12-team field from the 2021 Gold Cup Prelims, which will also be drawn on Monday.
Six seeded nations will be drawn against six different teams from Pot 1 as part of the Gold Cup Prelims Draw.
Here is a breakdown of the teams in Pot 1.
French Guiana – French Guiana’s first and only Gold Cup qualification came in 2017, and the majority of that team is still intact, as they seek the country’s second Gold Cup appearance when the Prelims kick off. Les Yana Dokos had a strong second-place performance in Group A of League B of the 2019-20 CNL, conceding just six goals over the course of six games. That strong defensive mentality will be required to reach the 2021 Gold Cup.
Guyana – The 2019 Gold Cup was a historic one for Guyana, as the Golden Jaguars not only qualified for their first Gold Cup via 2019-20 CNL Qualifying, but they recorded their first Gold Cup goal and Gold Cup result in their 1-1 draw with Trinidad and Tobago to complete their group stage campaign. Led by legendary MF Neil Danns, who scored all three of Guyana’s goals in the 2019 Gold Cup, Guyana will fancy their chances of making a return to the tournament after a solid second-place finish in Group C of League B of the 2019-20 CNL in which they averaged two goals per game.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – It has been 24 years since Saint Vincent and the Grenadines last reached the Gold Cup and now a new generation of players will be hoping to repeat the feat of that 1996 team and clinch a second Gold Cup berth. Vincy Heat came achingly close to automatic qualification for the 2021 Gold Cup, only for a loss in their finale in Group D of League B resulting in a second-place finish. Nevertheless, captain Cornelius Stewart is helping guide a young group of players who are eager to be among the top Caribbean teams in Concacaf.
Barbados – Barbados boast a very young side under Head Coach Russell Latapy and are taking aim at a first ever Gold Cup appearance. The Bajan Tridents enjoyed a successful stretch in Group A of League C of the 2019-20 CNL, amassing a 4W-0D-2L record with 14 goals scored. Attacking players like Nick Blackman (3 goals in CNL) and Hallam Hope have the talent to bring Barbados to new heights.
Montserrat – Perhaps no team has captured the imagination of fans around the region in recent years than Montserrat. The nation with the smallest population in Concacaf, Montserrat came within a whisker of qualifying for the 2019 Gold Cup when they finished with a 3W-0D-1L record in CNL Qualifying. The Emerald Boys followed that up with a second-place finish in Group B of League B of the 2019-20 CNL. The staple of Montserrat is a well-organized defense that gave up just five goals in six CNL matches. That solid structure in the back could yield big results in the Prelims and a first ever Gold Cup berth.
Bahamas – The third of three nations in Pot 1 seeking a first ever Gold Cup appearance, Bahamas rolled to a 3W-1D-0L record to finish atop Group B of League C. FW Lesly St. Fleur led the way with three goals in the CNL and he’ll be called on again to supply the goal-scoring fireworks in the Gold Cup Prelims.