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Civault, Martinica tiene grandes aspiraciones en la Copa Oro

El entrenador de Martinica, Jean-Marc Civault (a la derecha) responde a las preguntas durante un evento de prensa de la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF el 7 de marzo, 2017, en Santa Clara, California, EE.UU. (Foto: Howard Smith / isiphotos.com)

SANTA CLARA, California - Martinica conoció el lunes, sus rivales para la Copa Oro de la CONCACAF 2017 después del sorteo llevado a cabo en el Levi's Stadium, sede de la final a jugarse en julio.

Aunque las posibilidades del equipo caribeño de regresar al impresionante escenario con el título en juego son remotas, el entrenador Jean-Marc Civault cree que todos los sueños pueden ser realizados.

"En el fútbol, todo es posible", dijo Civault. "Al menos para nosotros, los menos favoritos, haremos lo que podamos para representar bien a nuestro país para demostrar que tenemos jugadores de calidad que pueden hacer cualquier cosa".

Martinica, que será la sede de las finales de la Copa del Caribe Scotiabank en junio fue ubicado en el Grupo B con Estados Unidos, Panamá y el ganador del repechaje entre Haití y Nicaragua.

"Yo diría que fue un sorteo difícil, pero no imposible", comentó Civault de manera discreta.

En cuatro participaciones anteriores en la Copa de Oro, Martinica enfrentó a Estados Unidos y Panamá una vez cada uno, ambos de manera encomiable. Cayó 2-0 ante los estadounidenses en la edición 2003 y 1-0 ante los panameños en el 2013.

Civault, sin embargo, está particularmente ansioso por otr duelo contra EE.UU., que se jugará el 12 de julio, en el Raymond James Stadium en Tampa, Florida.

"Puedo decir que EE. UU. se puede considerar el mejor equipo del grupo" "Ya han ganado la Copa Oro y jugarán en casa con el apoyo del país.

"Será una celebración para el fútbol y espero que nuestro equipo sea capaz de elevar el nivel mostrado hasta ahora - que a pesar de ser una selección más pequeña - tenemos grandes cualidades".

Martinica ganó credenciales en la Copa Oro hace mucho tiempo, pero una victoria sobre Estados Unidos este año sería sin duda el mayor logro en su haber.

 
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