GOLD CUP: Can Belize be Cinderella?

  • Nicaragua's Manuel Gutierrez, left, jumps for the ball with Belize's Deon McClaulay at a UNCAF Nations Cup soccer match in Panama City, Tuesday Jan. 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

David verse Goliath … or should it be David verse Goliath's little brother?

The U.S. press apparently thinks the opener versus Belize is a foregone conclusion.

Soccer America referred to Belize at the "Central American minnow." A recent preview on Fox Soccer previewed the group with no mention of Belize.

While it is understandable to have the U.S. team as the heavy favorite, that is the beauty of the Gold Cup, which often matches CONCACAF juggernauts like the United States and Mexico against some of the regions smaller, underdeveloped soccer nations like Belize and Cuba.

I've yet to read or hear anything from the US camp (players or coaches) which has them looking past Belize. But, it must be tempting …

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