NASHVILLE, Tennessee – It is always an interesting prospect when two sides that have never previously met on the international stage do so at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
On Friday night, a maiden encounter between Canada and French Guiana generated six goals.
With that excitement raising the bar of entertainment, who knows what unexpected thrills will occur Saturday at Nissan Stadium as Martinique and Nicaragua square off for the first-ever time.
This is Martinique’s fifth trip to the Gold Cup, while Nicaragua will be making its second appearance, but first since 2009.
Here are some storylines to watch:
- In 11 all-time Gold Cup games, Martinique has won twice, beating a Caribbean and a North American side (2002: 1-0 v Trinidad & Tobago; 2013: 1-0 v Canada). Can it earn a victory against a Central American squad?
- Forward Kevin Parsemain – one of Martinique’s best-ever players – scored in the Les Matinino’s last Gold Cup game, converting a 43rd-minute penalty kick in a 3-1 loss to Mexico. Will he add another line to his impressive resume by scoring again?
- Juan Barrera, the star of Nicaragua’s Gold Cup qualifying campaign is suspended. Who will step up in his place?
- Nicaragua is searching for its first-ever Gold Cup win. Can it overcome a Martinique side that won’t be overawed by the occasion?