Former Mexico and USA manager backs America for Gold Cup title

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A former manager of both Mexico and the United States, Bora Milutinovic, has backed the US to take the Gold Cup title home – according to ESPN.

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Milutinovic, who had two spells in charge of El Tri (1983 – 86 and 1995 -97) and took the US to the last sixteen of their home World Cup in 1994, thinks the US are the most likely victors.

“The logical favorites are the United States because they play at home and because they are looking for revenge for the game they lost in Los Angeles” said Milutinovic. (The US lost the 2011 final to Mexico in LA).

He went on to add that he thought there was little between the sides, with Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras all more than capable of winning the final in Philadelphia.

“It would be a lack of respect to say that other teams don’t have a chance” he said. “[The other teams] are all very capable”.

Mexico will be without star striker Javier Hernandez who picked up an injury in Mexico’s final warm-up game, while the US are largely injury free. The tournament starts tomorrow with Panama vs Haiti.