In July 2021 the Gold Cup 2021 from Concacaf in the middle of a very complicated year due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has not yet been solved in most countries. The most important competition of nations at the level of North America, Central America and the Caribbean will open its doors for a new edition this year. Here we present the 10 young figures that could be in the tournament.
Let us also remember that with 16 participating teams, the VAR tool will also be available. Beyond that, the Central American teams are preparing to play a great role in this tournament. It is important to remember that for this edition the tournament will be held in the USA as the main venue and will also have as an ingredient that the classification to the Confederations Cup that was permanently held in the past will not be taken into account.
The 10 young promises of the Gold Cup
Rigoberto Rivas – Honduras
The Catracho footballer is one of the jewels of Catracho football, with only 22 years of age he plays as a midfielder and his current team is Reggina 1914 of Serie B in Italy. With great potential and a career ahead of him, he could be one of the refreshing faces for a new breed of Hondurans.
Leon Bailey – Jamaica
Leon Patrick Bailey Butler is a Jamaican footballer who plays as a forward for Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the German Bundesliga. At just 23 years old, he could be a key player in the Caribbean attack. With experience in European soccer, he would be one more tool for the offense of the team that shares a group with Costa Rica, Suriname and Preliminary Round 8 Winner.
Enrico Hernández – El Salvador
The 20-year-old forward who plays for Dutch club Vitesse. Born in Holland, he could be present in this Gold Cup representing El Salvador. The attacker is today one of the jewels that Salvadorans have and if all goes well, also in terms of his physical condition, he could represent El Salvador in this Gold Cup.
Sergiño Dest – United States
At 20 years of age, the FC Barcelona side is one of the many young promises that the United States will have in this Gold Cup, one of the candidate teams. Despite his youth, he is a player with a lot of experience in the Netherlands and Spain, with a lot of projection in attack on the wings and great speed.
Luis Espinoza – Costa Rica
With a great current in United States soccer defending the Columbus Crew SC jersey in Major League Soccer, at just 22 years old, he gives Costa Rican Luis Espinoza a great opportunity to show himself in the Gold Cup. position in the midfield, would give a balance in attack and defense to the Costa Rican team.
Diego Lainez – Mexico
The player who plays as a winger and for Real Betis Balompié in the Spanish First Division at just 22 years of age is one of the young promises that the Mexico National Team has today. And if summoned for the Gold Cup, he would be one of the footballers with the greatest projection to be one of the great figures.
Manfred Ugalde – Costa Rica
One of the promising players that Central America has is the Tico attacker Manfred Ugalde, only 19 years old and who currently plays for Lommel Sportkring, of the Second Division of Belgium. His experience in European football and great ability to solve within the area, will surely be one of the key points for Costa Ricans in this Gold Cup.
Alphonso Davies – Canadá
Perhaps the player with the best career on this list, the Bayern Munich full-back, just 20 years old, has already won everything in Europe with the German team. With great quality to project in attack and defense. Now, with the Canadian team, he also wants to make history and write his name in the Gold Cup books.
Adalberto Carrasquilla – Panama
Panama could not be left out of this list having in its ranks Adalberto Carrasquilla, a 22-year-old midfielder. His current team is FC Cartagena of the Second Division of Spain and it has become a key piece for the canaleros in these Qualifiers and if they are, it will also be in the Gold Cup.
Christian Pulisic – United States
At 22 years of age, Christian Mate Pulisic is the benchmark on this list due to his current status. Not only at the club level, but also in the national team. With Chelsea he has been a key player in winning the UEFA Champions League. And in addition, he conquered the Concacaf League of Nations by converting a key penalty against Mexico. The American attacker could be one of the figures in this tournament.