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Gold Cup: LA Galaxy’s Antuna scores hat-trick for Mexico, Davies helps Canada down Martinique

2019 Concacaf Gold Cup kicks off with a pair of blowouts at Rose Bowl

The 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup kicked off with a pair of blowouts at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. 

Canada opened the continental tournament with an emphatic victory over Martinique, while Mexico steamrolled past Cuba in its opener. 

Canada started three players from Major League Soccer, as well as former Vancouver midfielder Alphonso Davies, who is now at Bayern Munich.

LA Galaxy’s Uriel Antuna was the star of the night for El Tri. The 21-year-old took advantage of his spot in the lineup by netting a hat-trick not far from where he plays his club ball. 

Canada 4, Martinique 0

Jonathan David opened the scoring at the Gold Cup with a brace for Canada in the tournament opener. 

David found the back of the net for the first time in the 33rd minute, when he took advantage of a defensive error and slotted the ball into the left side of the goal. 

In the 53rd minute, David burst through the Martinique defensive line to create a 1v1 opportunity on goal, and he easily finished into the net. 

Davies took center stage on the third goal by dropping in a beautiful assist from the left wing to the boot of Junior Hoilett for the third strike. 

Scott Arfield poked home the fourth Canadian goal in the 67th minute to seal the team’s strong start to the tournament. 

Los Angeles FC’s Mark-Anthony Kaye played 75 minutes for Canada before he was replaced by Vancouver’s Russell Teibert.

Montreal’s Samuel Piette and Toronto FC’s Jonathan Osorio went the distance for the Canucks, while Seattle’s Jordy Delem played 90 minutes for Martinique.

Mexico 7, Cuba 0

It took two minutes for Antuna to score his first international goal for El Tri. 

Antuna was at the right place at the right time in the second minute. He tapped in a poor clearance at the right post to kick start El Tri’s scoring spree. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Raul Jimenez broke through the middle of the defense in the 31st minute to double the El Tri lead. 

After Diego Reyes scored his first of the competition, Antuna deposited his second tally after he raced on to an open ball in front of the net. 

Antuna capped Mexico’s strong performance in the 80th minute after Jimenez and Alexis Vega found the back of the net in the second half. 

LA Galaxy midfielder Jonathan Dos Santos was an unused substitute for El Tri, while former Real Salt Lake product Carlos Salcedo started in defense for Tata Martino’s side. 

Next Up

Mexico and Canada will face off for first place in Group A on Wednesday in Denver, Colorado, while Martinique and Cuba square off in the opener at Broncos Stadium at Mile High.

On Sunday, the action turns to San Jose, Costa Rica, where Costa Rica hosts Nicaragua in its Group B opener. Bermuda makes its Gold Cup debut in the opener in San Jose against Haiti.

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