Viewing parties will be held at five locations in the Southland for Saturday’s telecasts of the U.S.-Nicaragua CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer game.
The 4 p.m. game from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland will be televised in English by FXX and in Spanish by Univision and Univision Deportes Network.
The viewing parties will be held at:
— The Auld Dubliner, 2497 Park Ave., Tustin;
— Buffalo Wild Wings, 2548 E. Workman Ave., West Covina;
— Q’s Billiard Club, 11835 Wilshire Blvd., Brentwood;
— 1739 Public House, 1739 N. Vermont Ave., Los Feliz; and
— Shannon’s On Pine, 209 Pine Ave., Long Beach.
The parties are organized by various chapters of American Outlaws, a nationwide support group for the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams.
The game concludes group play for both teams in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the biennial championship of the North American, Central American and Caribbean region. The top two teams in each of the three four-team groups, plus the two best third-place finishers, advance to the quarterfinals.
The U.S. leads Group B with a 1-0-1 record, while Nicaragua is last at 0- 2-0. The U.S. tied Panama, 1-1, last Saturday and defeated Martinique, 3-2, Wednesday. Nicaragua lost to Martinique, 2-0, last Saturday and Panama, 2-1, Wednesday.
The U.S. has won its group in each of the 13 previous CONCACAF Gold Cups. Nicaragua is 0-5-0 in its two tournament appearances.
The U.S. team consists of 17 players who play for Major League Soccer teams, four who play in Mexico and two in England.
The European-based players who usually play for the national team have been given time off from their national team duties until World Cup qualifying resumes Sept. 1 against Costa Rica.
The U.S. roster includes two players who played on the high school level in Los Angeles or Orange counties — Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes, a former standout at Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, and Pachuca defender Jorge Villafana, a former Anaheim High standout.
Zardes assisted on Jordan Morris’ winning goal in the 76th minute against Martinique, playing all 90 minutes. Villafana did not play.
The U.S. is 35th on the rankings compiled by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. Nicaragua is ranked 105th.
Nicaragua’s roster consists of 18 players who play in Nicaragua, two in Guatemala and one each in Costa Rica, Iceland and Peru.
This will be the first game between the U.S. and Nicaragua.
—City News Service