Chelsea old boy Florent Malouda turns the Gold Cup into a farce

Former Chelsea and France star Florent Malouda started for French Guiana against Honduras effectively condemning the team to a 3-0 forfeit loss

Chelsea old boy Florent Malouda turns the Gold Cup into a farce

Canada has been the surprise team so far in the Gold Cup, getting an offensive spark from teen Alphonso Davies. In their second game, Honduras drew with French Guiana.

Patrice Bernier has played for seven different coaches since making his first senior international appearance for Canada in 2003. There are a lot of things to put in place for the future, and I follow very closely what happens there.

Because FIFA and CONCACAF rules aren't always in sync, the 37-year-old Malouda is allowed to play for French Guiana, a French territory, in CONCACAF regional tournaments, but not in FIFA tournaments. It was the Ticos' first-ever win over Honduras in five all-time meetings in this competition.

Malouda's presence didn't seem unusual at first. That gives Los Catrachos three points heading into the Friday's final matchday for Group A with Costa Rica and Canada sitting above them.

French Guiana played without Florent Malouda, who was suspended after he was ineligible but played in the team's second group match against Honduras.

Next up for French Guiana is their Gold Cup Group A finale on Friday in Frisco, Texas, against Costa Rica, and Malouda is expecting to line up against the Ticos. "Now we have to wait for the other game to see where we are", Ramirez said. The show, which many expect to be headlined by Georges St-Pierre's title defence against Jake Shields, will play out in front of more the 60,000 fans, the largest North American MMA audience ever. Oddly, French Guiana even took its case to FIFA - even though it's not a FIFA member - only for FIFA to stand firmly behind CONCACAF's decision. Playing a little further forward than his left back role, de Jong got on the end of a Junior Hoilett cross that had been flicked on by teammate Steven Vitoria, but his left-footed volley came off on the outside of the post.

Groups B and C in the Gold Cup are similarly tight with no team having guaranteed a spot in the knockout rounds with just one group game to go.

The confederation also gave Malouda a two-match suspension from official matches, adding "he will serve a concurrent stadium ban".

The Vancouver Whitecaps' Davies is the story of this tournament.

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