26-Goal Gold Cup 2017
Where: International Polo Club Palm Beach
When: March 12th - March 26th, 2017
Teams Entered: 4

Wellington Polo brings you photo coverage, team details, the schedule and results of the 2017 USPA 26-goal Gold Cup polo tournament. This is the 2nd tournament of the U.S. Triple Crown Polo Tournaments. Four Teams have entered this prestigious polo tournament, played annually at the International Polo Club in Wellington, Florida. Valiente defeated Coca-Cola 9-6 in a very exciting final on Sunday March 26th, 2017. Adolfo Cambiaso was named the MVP and 'Chocolate' played by Adolfo Cambiaso was awarded the Best Playing Pony honors. Without a doubt, the Coca-Cola polo team played an impressive game, their new well-known coach, Memo Gracida has been a valuable addition to their team. Coca-Cola will certainly continue to make impressive strides into the upcoming U.S. Open tournament.

The Valiente team with the USPA Gold Cup perpetual trophy

MVP Adolfo Cambiaso & Best Playing Pony Chocolate played by Adolfo Cambiaso

Valiente vs Coca-Cola in the USPA 26-goal Gold Cup final
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Horses & Grooms of the USPA Gold Cup Final
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Award Ceremony, Halftime & Opening Ceremonies
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Schedule / Results:
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Sunday March 12, 2017:
  • Valiente def Coca-Cola 11-10
  • Orchard Hill def Audi 8-7
Sunday March 19, 2017:
  • Valiente def Orchard Hill
  • Coca-Cola defeated Audi
Wednesday March 22, 2017 Semifinals:
  • Coca-Cola def Orchard Hill in OT 11-10
  • Valiente def Audi
Sunday March 26, 2017 FINAL of the USPA 26-goal Gold Cup:
  • Valiente defeated Coca-Cola 9-6

Perpetual USPA Gold Cup Trophy

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March 22, 2017 - Semifinals:

Coca-Cola and Orchard Hill faced each other in a super exciting semifinal match for the 1st spot in the Gold Cup finals. A few times the Orchard Hill team had the lead by a few goals but the un-relentless strategy and skills of the Coca-Cola team kept coming back with equalizing scores to inevitably send the game into sudden-death overtime. The game would be won by a penalty against the Orchard Hill team allowing Coca-Cola to move on to Sunday's 3pm final at IPC.

Julio Arellano makes an incredible save within inches of the goal, and keeping the Orchard Hill team from scoring.

March 22, 2017 Coca-Cola vs Orchard Hill Semifinals (Click Here to View all Photos)

March 19, 2017:

Valiente and Orchard Hill took to the IPC field 5 under gorgeous blue skies and giving everyone the true taste of fast-paced polo. It would be Valiente with the win.

March 19, 2017 Valiente vs Orchard Hill (Click Here to View all Photos)

Coca-Cola and Audi met up in the 2nd match on the Engel & Volkers field and what started out as a close game became a run-away for Coca-Cola taking the win from Audi.

De Lusarreta charging towards an undefended goal for Coca-Cola in Sunday's 3pm Gold Cup match at IPC.
March 19, 2017 Coca-Cola vs Audi (Click Here to View all Photos)

March 12, 2017:

Orchard Hill and Audi faced each other in the 2nd game of the day, giving spectators one of the most exciting featured matches of the season. A tied game most of the match with Facundo Pieres taking the ball straight to goal in the final throw-in and remaining seconds of the game to break the tie and give Orchard Hill the win.

March 12, 2017 Orchard Hill vs Audi (Click Here to view all photos)

Valiente took the opening win of the 2017 USPA Gold Cup, defeating Coca-Cola in a nail-biting finish as both teams played a neck-and-neck game.

March 12, 2017: Valiente vs Coca-Cola (Click Here to View all photos)

2017 Gold Cup Teams:

Marc Ganzi 2
Tomas Pieres 6
Gonzalito Pieres 9
Rodrigo Andrade 9

Gillian Johnston 2
Julian de Lussaretta 7
Julio Arellano 8
Miguel Novillo Astrada 9

Orchard Hill
Steve Van Andel 1
Felipe Vercellino 5
Polito Pieres 10
Facundo Pieres 10
Bob Jornayvez 2
Matias Torres Zavaleta 6
Diego Cavanagh 8
Adolfo Cambiaso 10

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