If you liked Tahiti in last month’s Confederations Cup, you’re going to love Belize in the 2013 Gold Cup.
This tiny nation, with a population of a little more than 300,000, didn’t even have its own national soccer team until 1995, and has long been considered the weakest team in Central America. But this year, Belize shocked the world — well, this corner of it anyway — by placing fourth in the Copa Centroamericana. This surprise finish meant Belize qualified for their first ever Gold Cup.
There was just one problem: Belize didn’t have the money to fund all the travel costs. The team organized a telethon, and local communities even hosted BBQ fundraisers. But as our own Leander Schaerlaeckens wrote in his match preview, the Gold Cup “Cinderella,” just mere hours before their first game against the United States, still doesn’t have all the funds to get from Portland, OR to their next matches in Salt Lake City, UT and East Hartford, CT.
You can do your part to make sure this tournament’s “Tahiti” doesn’t go bankrupt trying to get to all their matches during the Gold Cup: Belize is still asking for donations on their website.
Posted by: Thomas Hautmann