Argentina won their tenth title in the men’s event at the 2019 Pan American Games. By winning, they have qualified a spot to the Olympics. The eight-team tournament was split into two groups with all teams advancing to the quarter-finals. Field hockey at the Pan American Games was held in Lima, Peru from July 29th to August 10th 2019.
Pool A was won by defending champions Argentina whom went undefeated, scoring 20 goals while only conceding one in a 5-1 victory over Chile. Chile recovered from that opening round loss to finish runners-up thanks to 4-0 and 2-0 victories over Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago respectively. Cuba finished third thanks to a 3-2 win over Trinidad and Tobago.
Pool B was also topped by a nation that went undefeated as Canada score wins over Mexico (5-1), the United States (4-0) and Peru (14-1). The United States finished second with victories over Peru (16-0) and Mexico (5-1) while Mexico finished third thanks to their 8-2 win over host nation Peru.
The quarter-finals saw the region’s top four nations advance as Argentina, United States, Chile and Canada all defeated Peru (14-1), Cuba (5-1), Mexico (2-0) and Trinidad and Tobago (5-1) respectively.
The semi-finals had Argentina maintain its streak of appearing in every single final after they defeated the United States 5-0. Canada on the other hand needed a late goal by Scott Tupper to defeat Chile 3-2.
Argentina built up a 3-1 lead by half-time against Canada during the final before extending it to win the gold medal and Olympic quota 5-2. The bronze medal was won by the United States who defeated Chile 2-1.
The final opportunity for Pan American nations to qualify a team to the Olympics will be at the field hockey Olympic qualifiers to be held later this year.