The Gold Cup on FOX is presented to you by 7UP, and in honor of our sponsors we run down the greatest Number 7s in Gold Cup history. Now, everyone always makes a great deal out of the Number 10 shirt in the soccer world – and for good reason – but Number 7 ain’t too shabby, either. Many of the tournament’s greatest players ever have worn the 7 shirt. Take a look!
Omar Bravo, Mexico No. 7 (2005)
Bravo has worn a bunch of numbers in his total of four Gold Cups with Mexico (he decided to turn down the invite to this year’s tournament), including number 7 in 2005. He's won two Gold Cups with Mexico, and in total Bravo has 71 national team caps and 15 goals to his credit. He's been one of Mexico's most dependable strikers of this millenium.
Eddie Lewis, USA No. 7 (2000-2003)
Lewis will perhaps be most remembered for assisting on Landon Donovan's goal against Mexico in the 2002 World Cup, but the former Leeds United standout enjoyed a long national team career, accumulating 82 caps in left midfield and defense. Lewis was a mainstay during the national team's rise from fringe World Cup team and irrelevancy to respectability. He won the Gold Cup with the U.S. in 2003.
Nolberto Solano, Peru No. 7 (2000)
Peru made its only Gold Cup appearance in 2000 (back when the tournament still invited teams outside CONCACAF), and the spotlight was squarely on Solano, one of the most famous living Peruvians (he appears on stamps and once had his wedding televised). Solano is the country's fifth-most capped player and third-leading scorer all-time, but he was more known for his exploits in the English Premier League. The first Peruvian to play in the Premier League and FA Cup final enjoyed a long career with Newcastle, Aston Villa and West Ham. With Solano, Peru reached the Gold Cup semifinals in their only appearance
Rolando Fonseca, Costa Rica No. 7 (2002-2007)
Fonseca is another Gold Cup standout who dons the number 7. Costa Rica’s all-time leading goal-scorer (47 goals) is also the all-time scoring leader in the Copa Centroamericana (19 career goals), as well as a three-time CONCACAF Champions League winner. Fonseca came closest to Gold Cup glory in 2003, when Los Ticos lost 3-2 to the United States in the third-place match. Fonseca scored both Costa Rican goals.
Paul Stalteri, Canada No. 7 (2000-2009)
Many of our neighbors to the north will deem Stalteri as the greatest Canadian player of all time. Not only is he Canada’s most-capped player ever with 84 appearances, but Stalteri was also a 2-time Canadian Player of the Year. Wearing the Number 7 shirt for Canada’s historic run to their 2000 Gold Cup title, Stalteri had arguably the most impressive European career out of all Canadians. Playing most his career in Germany, Stalteri won the German “double” with Werder Bremen in 2004, becoming the first Canadian to win the Bundesliga. He’s also enjoyed stints in the Premier League at Tottenham and Fulham. Stalteri retired after this past season.
DaMarcus Beasley, USA No. 7 (2005, 2007, 2013)
Aside from wearing the captain’s armband for the United States in this year’s tournament, Beasley is also once again donning the Number 7. So what? Well, Beasley – who ranks in the top 10 all-time in national team caps and goals – has worn that number for two Gold Cups before, in 2007 and 2005. The United States won both of those Gold Cups, and Beasley the tournament’s Golden Boot in ‘05. Hmmmm.
Luis "Zaguinho" Alves, Mexico (1993)
Wait a second, he wasn't a Number 7!? You're right, but Zaguinho finds his name on this list for a very different reason: he once scored 7 goals in one Gold Cup game! Hard to believe, but true. Alves produced the best Gold Cup performance ever against tiny Martinique, and unsurprisingly finished the 1993 Gold Cup as the tournament's top scorer, with 11 goals. Alves led El Tri to their first ever Gold Cup title that year, and would continue to impress in the Mexico shirt.