Football in the region continues to garner huge support.
The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football saw its 2013 Gold Cup quarterfinals, featuring the United States against El Salvador and Costa Rica versus Honduras last Sunday before a sold out crowd of more than 71,000 fans at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
The US would emerge victorious, 5-1, thanks to goals from Clarence Goodson, Joe Corona Crespin, Eddie Johnson, Landon Donovan and Mikkel Diskerud. El Salvador had a score from Rodolfo Zelaya. Honduras skated by 1-0, on a goal from Andy Najar.
The Baltimore doubleheader was the third largest CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal attendance in the tournament’s history.
“The support of fans for this year’s Gold Cup has been incredible,” said Jeffrey Webb, president of CONCACAF. “I am extremely happy with the news from Baltimore as it was a testament to the growth of football within our region.”
Honduras and the US went on to face each other in the semifinals, which took place on Wednesday in Dallas, Texas at Cowboys Stadium. The other semifinal match-up featured Mexico, who defeated Trinidad and Tobago, 1-0, in the quarterfinals on a goal from Raul Jimenez, battling Panama, who crushed Cuba, 6-1, with a pair of goals coming from Gabriel Torres.
Aside from Webb, who is from the Cayman Islands, the territory can identify with the games as most of the competing countries have nationals in Cayman. In addition, El Salvador played in Cayman in 2011 for a 2014 World Cup qualifier.