Gold Cup Pick 'Em: editors predict United States vs. Belize | 11 pm ET on Fox Soccer

Each week during the MLS season, the editors share their picks ahead of league matches. This time, they take a crack at Tuesday's Gold Cup opener between the United States and Belize at JELD-WEN Field (11 pm ET, Fox Soccer, Live chat on

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Editor Score Comments

Greg Lalas


This USA team is feeling it. And, um, it's Belize.

Jonah Freedman
Managing Editor


I don't think Belize is going to be as much of a pushover as we think they are. They've held some very good teams like Honduras and Costa Rica in check. Guatemala's first half against the US last Friday will likely be their blueprint, and they may nick a goal. But like that game, I expect the US to eventually get it in gear and turn on the juice.

Simon Borg
Senior Editor


The entertainment will lie in how long Belize can keep it 0-0 — perhaps an over/under at the 22nd minute? But it's a foregone conclusion that they will eventually capitulate. And when that first goal falls, the floodgates open.

Kristel Valencia


Facing a national team without history and no experience in international tournaments, it shouldn’t be a problem for the US to thrash Belize by a wide margin. Here's hoping Landon Donovan once again shows the spark displayed vs. Guatemala. I see the US securing half their ticket to the quarterfinals in this game.

Matt Doyle
Armchair Analyst


The US is full of attackers who want to prove they belong in the 18 — or even the 11 — when the next set of qualifiers comes around. They will be goal-hungry, and Belize will suffer.

Andrew Wiebe


Belize's federation president said he wants his boys to embarrass the USMNT. Well, it's much more likely the tiny nation goes the other way and makes sure it isn't embarrassed by what is clearly a superior side. They'll bunker effectively for awhile before the Americans break through.

Nick Rosano


Belize will no doubt be fired up for this one, and it'll keep them afloat through the first part of the game, but the US' quality will eventually shine through and give them a comfortable win to kick things off.

Jason Saghini
Director of Video


The US will not waste this opportunity to get out in front of the group. They have the talent to excel against the group minnow, and I don't expect them to have too much trouble breaking down what should be a bunkering team. The earlier the first goal comes, the higher the scoreline, but I think Belize might be able to hold their own for 30-35 mins.

Diego Pinzon


Since this is Belize's first international competition, not to mention they'll have to play in front of a frenzied crowd at JELD-WEN, I see the US with a comfortable game on their hands. Why not more than 5? The Belizeans will close themselves after the first few goals, only allowing Klinsmann's boys to take aim from distance.



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