December 6, 2023

Patrice Bernier, Midfielder

At 37-years-old -with 53 caps- this French-Canadian is his country’s most experienced player. The Canadians will need every ounce of experience that Bernier can give if they are to navigate a very competitive field and win their first Gold Cup since 2000.

Andre Blake, Goalkeeper

Since this event will be full of offense, it’s good to have to a dependable defensive player on hand. That’s exactly what “The Reggae Boyz” have with Blake in net. While he didn’t start during the 2015 Gold Cup (in which Jamaica finished as the runner-up to Mexico), he did man the net during last year’s Copa America Centenario in which they faced tough challenges from Mexico, Venezuela and Uruguay. He’s also guided the Jamaican team through World Cup qualifying and led them into this year’s Caribbean Cup. The question now is can he lead this team to another Gold Cup final?

Kevin Parsemain, Striker

The French island will be making its fifth Gold Cup appearance this year. And for the second time they’ll take the field with Parsemain leading the way. While Martinique isn’t a full-fledged FIFA member, Parsemain does have 27 international goals to his credit since joining the team back in 2008. He’ll need an all-star effort if his country is to make it past the group stage for the first time since 2002.

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