USPA GOLD CUP® | U.S. POLO ASSN.

March 2 - 26, 2023

USPA GOLD CUP®

GAUNTLET OF POLO®

The USPA Gold Cup Playoffs, Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Final will be livestreamed exclusively on the USPA Polo Network.

USPA GOLD CUP®

IMPORTANT ON-DEMAND UPDATE

All preliminary games of the USPA Gold Cup will be recorded by the USPA Polo Network and available on-demand at uspolo.org and on YouTube. The USPA's goal is to provide current and future games on a same-day basis. These non-livestreamed games will be presented using a single center camera and minimal production. Originally scheduled livestreamed games (Playoffs, Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Final) will be presented using multiple cameras and full USPA Polo Network production.

USPA GOLD CUP®

TOURNAMENT HISTORY

The USPA Gold Cup is the second 22-goal tournament of the Florida high-goal season and the second leg in the Gauntlet of Polo, hosted by the National Polo Center - Wellington (NPC) in Wellington, Florida. Making its inaugural debut at NPC, the USPA Gold Cup is preceded by the C.V. Whitney Cup and will be followed by the U.S. Open Polo Championship.

Established in 1974 at Oak Brook Polo Club in Oak Brook, Illinois, its first edition featured four teams. Inaugural winners Milwaukee (Tom Hughes, Tommy Wayman, Joe Barry, Robert Uihlein III) bested Houston 9-8, in a thrilling overtime victory with Wayman scoring the golden goal three minutes into the sudden death chukker. The following year, the USPA Gold Cup was moved to Milwaukee Polo Club (Hartland, Wisconsin) where it was played from 1975 to 1978. In 1979, it moved to Florida and became the crown jewel of the winter season. In its heyday at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, during the 80s and early 90s, the USPA Gold Cup was the tournament to win, attracting anywhere from 11 to 20 teams.

After a 17-year stretch at the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club, the tournament was hosted by several clubs over the years including Royal Palm Polo Club (now defunct), Greenwich Polo Club (Greenwich, Connecticut) and New Bridge Polo & Country Club (Aiken, South Carolina), before landing in it's permanent home in Wellington, Florida.

Notable contemporary winners include Valiente (2018, 2017, 2014, 2013, 2012), Audi (2015, 2011) and Crab Orchard (2010, 2007). White Birch holds the all-time record wins with 12 titles spanning three decades. History was made during the inaugural Gauntlet of Polo in 2019, when Pilot won the C.V. Whitney Cup starting a run to capture all three events, winning the $500,000 prize money, then earning $1 million over the course of the series and becoming the only team to do so. Back-to-back victories in the Gold Cup were last achieved in 2017 and 2018 by Valiente, with a new champion crowned ever since, highlighting the continuous strength of competition and dedication required to reach the podium.

In 2022, Pilot (Curtis Pilot, Mackenzie Weisz, Matias Torres Zavaleta, Facundo Pieres) and Park Place (Josh Hyde, Juan Britos, Hilario Ulloa, Cody Ellis) met in an electric finale, where team captain Pieres elevated his play as a leader and offensive powerhouse, accounting for all of Pilot’s offensive contributions, including the golden goal to land Pilot the 11-10 victory. Read article here.

All twelve teams competing in the 2023 C.V. Whitney Cup (Aspen, Dazos, Dutta Corp/Show+, La Elina, La Fe, Park Place, Pilot, Scone, Shack Attack, Tamera, Two Trees by Jefferies, Valiente) will be returning for the USPA Gold Cup Reigning champion Pilot, aiming for their third title (2019, 2022) in five years, will see the return of Matias 'Colo' Gonzalez for the first time since their historic run in 2019. Granting individual entities in the Gauntlet of Polo for a second consecutive year, the USPA Gold Cup will also include the addition of Shack Attack 2 as the thirteenth team vying for the prestigious title.

Returning to the USPA Gold Cup for the first time since 2018, renowned powerhouse Valiente will seek to add a sixth title to their name, as newcomers Dazos and Two Trees by Jefferies aim to make their mark on the historic tournament. Among this year’s competitors, top American talents Jeff Hall, Jared Zenni, Matt Coppola and Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar will join forces to play for last year’s U.S. Open Polo Championship finalist, La Elina. La Elina joins the competition as the only All-American team on the roster.

10-goalers competing this year include current USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship champion Facundo Pieres (Pilot), 2010 USPA Gold Cup champion Hilario Ulloa, and fifteen-time USPA Gold Cup Champion (1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2021) Adolfo Cambiaso.

Coming together in a commanding alliance, 9-goalers Pelon Stirling and Poroto Cambiaso look to repeat their recent success in the Argentine Open for third-year contender, Scone. Though Adolfo Cambiaso (Valiente) and son Poroto (Scone) will play for separate teams this year, one other father-son duo will take the field together, with Rufino Bensadon and Francisco 'Pancho' Bensadon joining Aspen.

The winner of the USPA Gold Cup will receive $50,000. In partnership with USPA Global Licensing, each of the teams will select a charity of their choice from 10 non-profits and both charities of the winner and runners-up will receive a $2,500 donation.

Team USPA, an Association program designed to enhance and grow the sport of polo in the United States by identifying young, talented American players will be readily represented in the C.V. Whitney Cup. Six Team USPA alumni and two Active Team USPA Members are represented across five teams highlighting the depth of American talent.

Learn more about the Gauntlet of Polo.

Photo: 2023 USPA Gold Cup Champions: Scone - Tomas Panelo, Poroto Cambiaso, Cody Ellis, David Paradice, David 'Pelon' Stirling. Presented by USPA Chairman Stewart Armstrong. ©David Lominska.

USPA GOLD CUP®

TOURNAMENT FORMAT

Brackets I, II and III will play within their brackets. Bracket IV and V will play cross bracket. Following bracket play, all teams will be ranked 1-13 based on win-loss, then net goals, then gross goals. The top three ranked teams will advance directly to the quarterfinals.

Teams ranked 4-13 will play a playoff game, with the winners advancing to the quarterfinals. Playoff matches to determine the quarterfinalists will begin on March 11. Teams that play their last bracket game on March 9 will not play any playoff game before March 12.

Teams ranked 1-3 will draw from the five playoff winners to determine the quarterfinal matchups. Winners of the quarterfinals will then draw for semifinal pairings, with the winning semifinals advancing to the USPA Gold cup final.

USPA GOLD CUP®

Brackets

Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Fri, March 17th
Shack Attack 2 (1-3) 5
Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3) 10
Sat, March 18th
La Fe (2-2) 9
Scone (5-0) 13
Fri, March 17th
Pilot (4-2) 13
Valiente (2-1) 12
Sat, March 18th
Park Place (3-1) 12
La Elina (2-2) 11
Wed, March 22nd
Pilot (4-2) 15
Park Place (3-1) 14
Wed, March 22nd
Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3) 10
Scone (5-0) 14
Sun, March 26th
Pilot (4-2) 6
Scone (5-0) 8

TEAMS AND ROSTERS

Bracket I

Pilot (4-2)

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Curtis Pilot
Outdoor: 0
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Matias 'Colo' Gonzalez
Outdoor: 4
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Matias Torres Zavaleta
Outdoor: 8
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Facundo Pieres
Outdoor: 10

Aspen (2-1)

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Nicolas 'Nico' Saenz
Outdoor: 5
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Francisco 'Pancho' Bensadon
Outdoor: 7
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Rufino Bensadon
Outdoor: 8
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Stewart Armstrong
Outdoor: 2
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Mariano Gonzalez Sr.
Substitute
Outdoor: 5

Dazos (0-3)

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David Farache
Outdoor: 0
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Dylan Rossiter
Outdoor: 6
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Nicolas 'Nico' Pieres
Outdoor: 9
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Santiago 'Santi' Torres
Outdoor: 6

Bracket II

Park Place (3-1)

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Andrey Borodin
Outdoor: 0
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Juan Britos
Outdoor: 9
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Hilario Ulloa
Outdoor: 10
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Jason Wates
Outdoor: 3

La Fe (2-2)

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Roberto 'Robi' Bilbao
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas Diaz Alberdi
Outdoor: 6
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Francisco Elizalde
Outdoor: 9
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Louis Devaleix
Outdoor: 1
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Rufino Merlos
Substitute
Outdoor: 1

Shack Attack 2 (1-3)

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Martin 'Facha' Valent
Outdoor: 3
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Mackenzie Weisz
Outdoor: 6
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Kris Kampsen
Outdoor: 6
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Ignacio 'Cubi' Toccalino
Alternate
Outdoor: 7
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Matias Magrini
Outdoor: 7

Bracket III

Valiente (2-1)

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Bob Jornayvaz
Outdoor: 0
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Mariano 'Peke' Gonzalez Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Lucas 'Luckitas' Criado Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Adolfo Cambiaso
Outdoor: 10

La Elina (2-2)

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Matt Coppola
Outdoor: 5
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Nicolas 'Nico' Escobar
Outdoor: 5
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Jeff Hall
Outdoor: 6
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Jared Zenni
Outdoor: 6

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

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Joaquin Avendaño
Outdoor: 4
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Mariano 'Nino' Obregon Jr.
Outdoor: 6
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Tomas Garcia del Rio
Outdoor: 8
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Timmy Dutta
Outdoor: 4

Bracket IV

Scone (5-0)

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David Paradice
Outdoor: 0
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Cody Ellis
Outdoor: 4
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Poroto Cambiaso
Outdoor: 9
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David 'Pelon' Stirling
Outdoor: 9
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Tomas Panelo
Substitute
Outdoor: 8

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

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Will Johnston
Outdoor: 1
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Mariano Aguerre
Outdoor: 7
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Miguel Novillo Astrada Sr.
Outdoor: 8
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Juan Sánchez Elia
Outdoor: 5

Bracket V

Shack Attack (2-1)

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Santino Magrini
Outdoor: 4
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Ignacio 'Nachi' Viana
Outdoor: 5
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Kristos 'Keko' Magrini
Outdoor: 5
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Santiago 'Santi' Toccalino
Outdoor: 8

Tamera (0-3)

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Alejandro Poma
Outdoor: 1
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Pedro 'Pedrinho' Zacharias
Outdoor: 7
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Diego Cavanagh
Outdoor: 9
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Segundo Saravi
Outdoor: 5

Bracket VI

Bracket VII

Bracket VIII

Bracket IX

Bracket X

no bracket

USPA GOLD CUP®

TOURNAMENT GAMES

Thursday, Mar 2, 2023

March 02

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Shack Attack 2 logo

Shack Attack 2 (1-3)

9

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

18

March 02

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (2-1)

8

Dazos logo

Dazos (0-3)

7

Friday, Mar 3, 2023

March 03

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

10

Shack Attack logo

Shack Attack (2-1)

14

March 03

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Elina logo

La Elina (2-2)

10

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

8

Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

March 04

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Scone logo

Scone (5-0)

9

Tamera logo

Tamera (0-3)

8

Sunday, Mar 5, 2023

March 05

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dazos logo

Dazos (0-3)

10

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

12

March 05

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Shack Attack 2 logo

Shack Attack 2 (1-3)

8

Park Place logo

Park Place (3-1)

15

Monday, Mar 6, 2023

March 06

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

6

Valiente logo

Valiente (2-1)

11

Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023

March 07

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

4

Scone logo

Scone (5-0)

18

March 07

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Tamera logo

Tamera (0-3)

9

Shack Attack logo

Shack Attack (2-1)

12

Wednesday, Mar 8, 2023

March 08

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (2-1)

12

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

11

Thursday, Mar 9, 2023

March 09

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Elina logo

La Elina (2-2)

11

Valiente logo

Valiente (2-1)

16

March 09

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

10

Park Place logo

Park Place (3-1)

11

Saturday, Mar 11, 2023

March 11

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

10

Two Trees by Jefferies logo

Two Trees by Jefferies (0-3)

5

Sunday, Mar 12, 2023

March 12

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Aspen logo

Aspen (2-1)

11

Shack Attack 2 logo

Shack Attack 2 (1-3)

12

March 12

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dazos logo

Dazos (0-3)

11

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

12

Monday, Mar 13, 2023

March 13

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

7

Shack Attack logo

Shack Attack (2-1)

5

March 13

Final OT

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Elina logo

La Elina (2-2)

13

Tamera logo

Tamera (0-3)

12

Friday, Mar 17, 2023

March 17

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

13

Valiente logo

Valiente (2-1)

12

March 17

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Shack Attack 2 logo

Shack Attack 2 (1-3)

5

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

10

Saturday, Mar 18, 2023

March 18

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

La Fe logo

La Fe (2-2)

9

Scone logo

Scone (5-0)

13

March 18

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Park Place logo

Park Place (3-1)

12

La Elina logo

La Elina (2-2)

11

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023

March 22

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Dutta Corp/Show+ logo

Dutta Corp/Show+ (2-3)

10

Scone logo

Scone (5-0)

14

March 22

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

15

Park Place logo

Park Place (3-1)

14

Sunday, Mar 26, 2023

March 26

Final

USPA Gold Cup®

National Polo Center - Wellington

Pilot logo

Pilot (4-2)

6

Scone logo

Scone (5-0)

8

USPA GOLD CUP®

THE VENUE

The National Polo Center – Wellington (NPC) is located in the heart of South Florida’s legendary horse country. The perpetual home for polo in America, NPC is owned and managed by the United States Polo Association to showcase the finest the sport has to offer.

The Association’s premier event, the Gauntlet of Polo, takes place from February to April each winter season showcasing the world’s preeminent teams, professional athletes and finest horses which come together for three months to battle head-to-head for the coveted C.V. Whitney Cup, USPA Gold Cup and U.S. Open Polo Championship trophies. Throughout the year, the facilities are also used to showcase USPA Member Clubs and prestigious national tournament competitions including the anticipated finals of the Florida Circuit 8-Goal Super-Series Championship and Florida Circuit 16-Goal Super-Series Championship.

The entrance to the club is via a palm tree-lined drive, that leads past tennis courts to the steps of the magnificent pool and Mallet Grille. The natural Florida terrain is augmented by a large lake, lush tropical landscaping and some of the most carefully manicured polo fields in the world. Spectating from the stadium, private boxes, fieldside tailgates and special hospitality tents, all overlooking the U.S. Polo Assn. Field One, is an unparalleled experience.

NPC invites you to experience the best polo in the country, taking place at one of the most beautiful venues in the world, the National Polo Center – Wellington.


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