The countdown to the 2017 USPA Gold Cup® final March 26 is accelerating, with the last two games of bracket play this Sunday, March 19, at the International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC). Polo doesn’t get any more turbo-torqued than this slate: Orchard Hill vs. Valiente at noon, and Audi Polo Team vs. Coca-Cola in the 3 p.m. featured match on Engel & Völkers field.
These four mega-teams have generated years of statistics—and adrenaline—opposing each other. While a lot can be said about them historically, some arrived at IPC with revamped line-ups this season that have shuffled the odds and challenged conventional wisdom. While it’s impossible to predict what the numbers on the scoreboard will say at the end of play Sunday, the 2017 season has lent some insights on how play amongst these teams is likely to unfold throughout the games.
Here’s a chukker-based look at how 26-goal play has shaken down for these teams to date.