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TOP FOUR TEAMS IN USPA GOLD CUP® - AN ARTICLE BY CLICKPOLOUSA

Mar 23, 2020 11:12 AM

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Las Monjitas FRANCISCO ELIZALDE David Lominska FL20 10945 web
Las Monjitas' Francisco Elizalde prepares for a powerful open shot during the USPA Gold Cup®.

Story Courtesy of CLICKPOLOUSA.

After surprising qualifiers, the USPA Gold Cup® quarterfinals were as expected, with three of the four semifinalists from the C.V. Whitney Cup reaching the semifinals for the second time during the GAUNTLET OF POLO® at International Polo Club Palm Beach in Wellington, Florida.

As C.V. Whitney Cup champions and the only team still in the running to win the million-dollar prize, Las Monjitas managed to overcome the loss of Mackenzie Weisz, who was injured and replaced by Bautista Panelo. Having lost their winning streak against Dutta Corp, Camilo Bautista’s Las Monjitas, led by Francisco Elizalde and Pelon Stirling, defeated Patagones 12-10 to rank in the top four.

Click here to watch the USPA Gold Cup® Quarterfinal: Las Monjitas vs. Patagones

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Pilot's Facundo Pieres and his flying pony.

Pilot, including Curtis Pilot, Facundo Pieres, Gonzalito Pieres and Lucas Escobar*, extended their own streak after defeating Park Place with a solid 12-8, with 11 of the 12 goals being scored by the Pieres brothers. Pilot, 2019 GAUNTLET OF POLO® champion, is prepared for a rematch after losing their semifinals match to La Indiana during the C.V. Whitney Cup.

Click here to watch the USPA Gold Cup® Quarterfinal: Pilot vs. Park Place

La Indiana Santiago Gomez Romero David Lominska FL20 12541 web
La Indiana's Santiago Gomez Romero prepares for a backshot during the USPA Gold Cup®.

La Indiana met the expectations once more, overcoming Dutta Corp, who continues to reach the quarterfinals without any 10-goal players. However, La Indiana’s Polito Pieres and Santiago Gomez Romero managed to lead their team to an 11-10 victory in what was a very close game.

Click here to watch the USPA Gold Cup® Quarterfinal: La Indiana vs. Dutta Corp

Daily Racing Form Tommy Collingwood David Lominska FL20 12798 web
Daily Racing Form's Tommy Collingwood leaps into action to take control of the ball.

Daily Racing Form, comprised of Agustín Obregón, Costi Caset*, Jared Zenni* and Tommy Collingwood, defeated Santa Clara 10-9 in overtime during the quarterfinals, with Zenni scoring six goals, and completed a penalty shoot-out to secure their spot as the fourth finalist.

Click here to watch the USPA Gold Cup® Quarterfinal: Daily Racing Form vs. Santa Clara

The last few games were played without an audience due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The United States Polo Association (USPA) anticipates rescheduling the remainder of the USPA Gold Cup® prior to the start of the 2021 season. To stay informed on official updates and news, please continue to visit uspolo.org. We encourage everyone to take precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and to take care of your families and loved ones as we face these difficult times.

*Lucas Escobar is a member of Team USPA. Costi Caset and Jared Zenni are a Team USPA alumni. The mission of Team USPA is to improve the sport of polo in the United States by developing the talent/skills of young American players through mentored training and playing opportunities, ultimately leading to a pool of higher-rated American players.

All photos courtesy of ©David Lominska.

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