HARRISON, New Jersey – Suffice to say, Mexico’s 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage campaign was quite successful.
El Tricolor earned three victories to open the tournament, 7-0 versus Cuba, 3-1 against Canada and last Sunday’s 3-2 win over Martinique.
Not only has it been a victorious and prolific Gold Cup so far for Mexico, it has also involved some history-making at the individual and team levels.
On an individual level, FW Uriel Antuna scored the fastest goal of any Mexico player in a Gold Cup by netting just 117 seconds into Mexico’s win against Cuba. It was also the third-fastest goal by any player in a Gold Cup.
Captain and MF Andres Guardado also etched his name into the Concacaf record books, by earning his 91st victory in a Mexico shirt after the win against Martinique, surpassing former United States international Landon Donovan’s Concacaf wins record of 90.
Seventeen of those wins have come in the Gold Cup, making Guardado the winningest Mexico player in the history of the tournament and the third-most all-time, behind Landon Donovan (28) and DaMarcus Beasley (18) of the United States.
Guardado also tied Zague’s record of most goals scored by a Mexico player in Gold Cup history, with 12 overall.
On a team level, Mexico completed its first perfect group stage campaign since 2011 when it took home the title.
In the history of the Gold Cup group stage, Mexico had its third-highest goal-scoring output in the 2019 edition with 13 goals scored in the three games, behind 1993 (18) and 2011 (14).
Incidentally, in the three previous times that Mexico reached double-digit goals in the group stage (18 in 1993, 14 in 2011, 10 in 2015), it took home the trophy.