The match everyone has been waiting for is about to get underway at Ford Field in Detroit, MI. You got it. Panama and Guadeloupe are just minutes away from the match that will have the eyes of the entire world. Okay, maybe not. It is being played in a stadium that is nearly empty and there might be even fewer people watching on TV, but it is still the first match of Group C in the 2011 Gold Cup.
Guadeloupe may seem like a team that doesn't matter, but those who think that would be wrong to completely overlook them. They qualified for the knockout stages in the 2009 Gold Cup and in 2007 went all the way to the semifinals where they lost a close match to Panama. The Panamanians aren't a group to dismiss either. They too have qualified for the knockout stages in the last two Gold Cups and back in 2005 they went all the way to the final where they lost to the U.S. on penalties. Sure, neither team is going to make a dent on the world scene, but in CONCACAF, they matter a little bit.
Panama: Penedo, Gomez, Perez, Barahona, Cooper, Machado, Dasent, Henriquez, Tejada, Baloy, Henriquez
Guadeloupe: Grandel, Comminges, Viator, Fleurival, Loval, Lambourde, Gendrey, Collet, Auvray, Socrier, Tacalfred