U.S. begins title defense against newcomers Guyana
Michael Bradley # 26 was crowned Champion in the 2007 and 2017 of the Concacaf Gold Cup editions. He also was runner-up in 2011.

St. Paul, Minnesota. There has not been a back-to-back Concacaf Gold Cup champion in nearly a decade. Mexico was the last team to do it, winning the tournament in 2009 and 2011. Here in 2019, the United States will try to retain their crown.

That title defense effort starts on Tuesday night against Gold Cup debutants Guyana at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

U.S. Manager Gregg Berhalter will be focused on victory in the opening match, leaning on the experience and quality of Jozy Altidore, Michael Bradley, and young Christian Pulisic. But don’t be surprised to see 24-year-old Tyler Boyd get some action up top in this game.

Guyana Manager Michael Johnson spoke of wanting to “make the country proud” as Guyana embark on its first ever Gold Cup journey.

While Emery Welshman is a player to watch in attack, Guyana’s defense and midfield will be paramount in getting a result from its first match. Johnson, a former English Premier League and Jamaica international defender, will be looking to keep his team strong and organized.

Game notes United States v Guyana