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US look to finish job with World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

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New York (AFP) – United States captain Michael Bradley has called on his team-mates to finish the job as they aim to take a giant stride towards the 2018 World Cup with victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

The Americans have gradually hauled themselves back into the CONCACAF qualifying fray after a rocky start which included a 4-0 drubbing by the Costa Ricans in San Jose last November.

US look to finish job with World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

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New York (AFP) – United States captain Michael Bradley has called on his team-mates to finish the job as they aim to take a giant stride towards the 2018 World Cup with victory over Costa Rica on Friday.

The Americans have gradually hauled themselves back into the CONCACAF qualifying fray after a rocky start which included a 4-0 drubbing by the Costa Ricans in San Jose last November.

Mexico, Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champion Mexico claimed the final semi-final berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over the offensively-challenged Honduras national team on Thursday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Rodolfo Pizarro scored the only goal of the contest in the fourth minute, finishing off a nice passing series in front of the Honduras’ goal as Mexico took another step towards trying to win a record-extending eighth Gold Cup championship.

Mexico, Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Defending champion Mexico claimed the final semi-final berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup with a 1-0 win over the offensively-challenged Honduras national team on Thursday at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Rodolfo Pizarro scored the only goal of the contest in the fourth minute, finishing off a nice passing series in front of the Honduras’ goal as Mexico took another step towards trying to win a record-extending eighth Gold Cup championship.

Major League Soccer

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

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This summer has been another win-win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised?

It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States.

MLS and Gold Cup overshadowed by successful International Champions Cup

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This summer has been another win-win for soccer in the United States, but should we be surprised?

It seems that every summer in the United States is now positioned as “the summer of soccer,” and this year’s edition was no exception as many of the best clubs from around the world descended on the United States.

Jamaica

Lawrence: Jamaicans overlooked and underpaid by MLS

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. It's not a fluke that Jamaica made it to the Bay Area. It also wasn't a fluke that they went toe-to-toe with the U.S. Men's National Team in their, 2-1, Gold Cup final loss.

The Reggae Boyz have much to feel good about: Andre Blake's Golden Ball and Golden Glove performance over the course of the tournament, edging Juan Carlos Osorio's Mexico in the semifinals, and more impressively, reaching the Gold Cup final for a second consecutive time.

X-rays negative for Andre Blake after Gold Cup final injury

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Andre Blake's early injury robbed him of a chance to shine in Wednesday's Gold Cup final, but the good news is that the Jamaican goalkeeper shouldn't be out of action for too long.

X-rays on Blake's hand were negative as the Philadelphia Union suffered no broken bones during a first half collision with Kellyn Acosta.

USA beat Jamaica 2-1 to win sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Jordan Morris’s late strike lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

The United States captured their sixth Gold Cup crown - one shy of Mexico’s record seven victories in the regional championship for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

USA beat Jamaica 2-1 to win sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) – Jordan Morris’s late strike lifted the United States to a 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final.

The United States captured their sixth Gold Cup crown - one shy of Mexico’s record seven victories in the regional championship for North and Central America and the Caribbean.

USMNT and Jamaica final displays ongoing CONCACAF growth

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SAN JOSE, Calif. CONCACAF has been notoriously known for continuously dishing a Gold Cup final headlined by its two giants: Mexico and the United States. Two years ago, the story was stolen by an unexpected Jamaican team that found a way to take down the U.

USMNT not selling unexpected finalist Jamaica short ahead of Gold Cup final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. It was apparent from the get-go that the U.S. Men's National Team and Mexico shared the title as heavy favorites to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final at Levis' Stadium come Wednesday.

But thanks to Kemar Lawrence's stunning free-kick strike in the dying minutes of Jamaica's semifinal victory over Mexico, the narrative has taken a major turn, making Bruce Arena and his men clear cut favorites to win a sixth Gold Cup.

USMNT looking to challenge in-form Blake in Gold Cup final

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SAN JOSE, Calif. Andre Blake continued his rise as one of the top goalkeepers in MLS throughout 2016, with his impressive performances earning him a spot in last year's All-Star game in San Jose. Fast forward 11 months, and the Jamaican remains a dominant topic in the Silicon Valley.

Kemar Lawrence stunner leads Jamaica to upset of Mexico in Gold Cup semifinal

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Kemar Lawrence provided a moment of magic to lead Jamaica to a stunning victory on Saturday's Gold Cup semifinal.

The New York Red Bulls fullback fired home a last-minute free kick, leading the Reggae Boyz to a 1-0 upset of Mexico in Sunday's semifinal match.

Jamaicans stun Mexico, book CONCACAF Gold Cup final with USA

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Kemar Lawrence scored in the 88th minute to give Jamaica a shocking 1-0 upset of defending champion Mexico on Sunday in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match.

The 24-year-old fullback for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls expertly curled a left-footed free kick around the Mexico wall and just under the crossbar to deliver Jamaica a stunner at the Rose Bowl.

Jamaicans stun Mexico to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final with USA

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Kemar Lawrence scored in the 88th minute to give Jamaica a shocking 1-0 upset of defending champion Mexico on Sunday in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match.

The 24-year-old fullback for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls expertly curled a left-footed free kick around the Mexico wall and just under the crossbar to deliver Jamaica a stunner at the Rose Bowl.

Jamaicans stun Mexico to reach CONCACAF Gold Cup final with USA

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Kemar Lawrence scored in the 88th minute to give Jamaica a shocking 1-0 upset of defending champion Mexico on Sunday in a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final match.

The 24-year-old fullback for Major League Soccer’s New York Red Bulls expertly curled a left-footed free kick around the Mexico wall and just under the crossbar to deliver Jamaica a stunner at the Rose Bowl.

Gold Cup Preview: Mexico and Jamaica square off in semis

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Saturday night saw the U.S. Men's National Team book a place in Wednesday's Gold Cup Final and, on Sunday, we learn who joins them.

Jamaica and Mexico square off in a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup Final, which saw Mexico win by a 3-1 scoreline.These two sides have already met in this edition of the tournament.

Jamaica edges Canada to book spot in Gold Cup semifinals

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A goal in each half propelled 2015 Gold Cup runners-up Jamaica to a 2-1 victory over Canada in Thursday's quarterfinal.

The Reggae Boyz used goals from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams to defeat the Canadians in Glendale, Arizona.

Francis opened the scoring after six minutes, finishing off Darren Mattocks' assist from inside the box with a left-footed effort.

Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semis as Canada downed

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.

Goals in each half from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams secured victory for the ‘Reggae Boyz’, who will play Mexico or Honduras in the last four.

Jamaica, the beaten finalists in the 2015 Gold Cup, got off to a dream start at the University of Phoenix Stadium when Francis scored after only six minutes.

Jamaica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semis as Canada downed

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica defeated Canada 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday.

Goals in each half from Shaun Francis and Romario Williams secured victory for the ‘Reggae Boyz’, who will play Mexico or Honduras in the last four.

Jamaica, the beaten finalists in the 2015 Gold Cup, got off to a dream start at the University of Phoenix Stadium when Francis scored after only six minutes.

Thursday Gold Cup Preview: Canada takes on Jamaica, Mexico faces Honduras

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After Costa Rica and the U.S. Men's National Team secured their spots in the Gold Cup semifinals on Wednesday, the other two contestants will be decided on Thursday night.

In the third and fourth quarterfinal matches, Canada and Mexico return to action after securing their passage through the group stages.

United States Men's National Team

Jozy Altidore a big winner after leaving USMNT demons behind with first trophy

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Heading into Wednesday night, Jozy Altidore had only one thing on his mind.

The USMNT forward simply wanted to lift a first, and overdue, trophy while representing his country at Levi's Stadium after what has been an up and down 10-year international journey.

Jordan Morris makes USMNT statement on CONCACAF's biggest stage

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. Just hours after Landon Donovan's criticism on the future of the USMNT's individual talent surfaced the web, Jordan Morris delivered a heroic goal against Jamaica in this year's edition of the Gold Cup final, which should have many thinking twice about his present and future role up top.

Michael Bradley wins Golden Ball, six USMNT players in Gold Cup Best XI

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After winning Wednesday's tournament final, the U.S. Men's National Team earned plenty of honors in the 2017 Gold Cup.

Midfielder Michael Bradley took home the Golden Ball as tournament MVP. He was called into the group stage and played all 270 minutes of the knockout rounds.

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Jozy Altidore

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Jozy Altidore's Gold Cup final was one to remember.

The forward's free kick just before half time opened the scoring in impressive fashion for the U.S. Men's National Team en route to a 2-1 win over Jamaica. Altidore's blast flew right through the Jamaican wall and curled just out of the reach of a diving Dwayne Miller.

Michael Bradley empowering USMNT on ahead of Gold Cup final

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. The USMNT have relied on Michael Bradley as their talisman in the midfield for the last number of years with his success eventually leading him to a permanent captain role from 2015 onwards.

That specific role has fit 29-year-old to perfect size. There is an apparent elevation in his level of play, more so in his manner of leading as a captain, which has all parts of the USMNT side reaping in benefits.

USMNT players young and old relishing 'huge' Gold Cup final

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The 2015 Gold Cup did not go as planned for the U.S. Men's National Team. Missing out on the final for the first time since 2003 and finishing in fourth place surely did not sit well with the squad.

Fast forward two years and much has changed in and around the USMNT.

Footy On The Telly

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This week, Footy never sleeps. The Union must win (twice), and USMNT must win. Also, a slew of Friendlies, Pre-Season "Cups," UEFA Champions League, UEFA Women's European Championship, Copa Sudamericana, NASL, NWSL, and South American League play (if you have the channels).

SBI USMNT Man of the Match: Omar Gonzalez

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After a rocky start to the U.S. Men's National Team's Gold Cup quarterfinal match against El Salvador, Omar Gonzalez stepped up to save the day.

The 28-year old Pachuca defender scored his second goal in as many matches on Wednesday night, using his head to finish off a Michael Bradley free kick in the 41st minute to give the USMNT a much-needed 1-0 lead.

USMNT overcomes rocky start to top El Salvador in Gold Cup quarterfinal

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It was a match loaded with plenty of shenanigans and rollercoaster moments, but the U.S. Men's National Team ended up taking care of business against El Salvador in Wednesday night's Gold Cup quarterfinal.

Behind goals from Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj, the U.

El Salvador

El Salvador's Darwin Ceren issues apology for biting incident against USMNT

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After receiving his punishment from CONCACAF, El Salvador's Darwin Ceren took to Twitter to apologize for his biting incident.

The San Jose Earthquakes midfielder apologized for letting his "emotions get the better of" him in El Salvador's 2-0 loss to the U.

CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee suspends Romero, Ceren

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The CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee has issued punishments to two El Salvador players following Wednesday's biting incidents against the U.S. Men's National Team.

On Saturday, CONACACAF announced that the federation has suspended Henry Romero and Darwin Ceren for biting American players during Wednesday night's Gold Cup quarterfinal against the U.

Salvadoran football players banned after biting incidents

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Henry Romero received a six-game ban and Darwin Ceren for three on Saturday for “anti-sporting” behavior in a CONCACAF Gold Cup match in which they bit US players.

Los Cuscatlecos defender Romero bit Jozy Altidore on the back in El Salvador’s 2-0 Gold Cup quarter-final loss to the United States and also grabbed the US forward’s nipple and twisted it.

US battle into CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals

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Philadelphia (AFP) – The United States overcame a battling display from El Salvador to advance to a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final showdown with Costa Rica here Wednesday.

First-half goals from defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj secured a hard-fought quarter-final win for the hosts, who are chasing their first Gold Cup title since 2013.

US battle into CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-finals

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Philadelphia (AFP) – The United States overcame a battling display from El Salvador to advance to a CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final showdown with Costa Rica here Wednesday.

First-half goals from defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj secured a hard-fought quarter-final win for the hosts, who are chasing their first Gold Cup title since 2013.

Match recap: United States 2, El Salvador 0

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On to the semifinals for the USA

The United States Men's National Team overcame a sluggish start and an extremely chippy El Salvador side to win 2-0 Wednesday night in the CONCACAF Gold Cup Quarterfinal in Philadelphia, behind goals from defenders Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj.

The Americans will face Costa Rica in the semifinal on Saturday in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium at 9:00 p.

U.S. Advances to Semifinals

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The United States advanced to the Gold Cup semifinals Wednesday after they soundly defeated El Salvador 2-0 on a muggy night at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The Americans found offense from unexpected sources, as defenders Omar Gonzalez (41st minute) and Eric Lichaj (45+2 minute) tallied the goals.

The Rest

Rodolfo Pizarro's lone goal lifts Mexico past Honduras, into Gold Cup semifinals

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Mexico is in route to its sixth consecutive Gold Cup semifinal thanks to 23-year-old midfielder, Rodolfo Pizarro.

El Tri took full advantage of the Chivas player's early goal, pacing their way past an unfortunate Honduras, 1-0, at a ruckus University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday night.

Patience leads Costa Rica into Gold Cup semifinals

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After 76 minutes on Wednesday evening at Lincoln Financial Field, it looked as if Costa Rica and Panama were going to have to decide a winner through penalty kicks.

Both sides failed to get much going offensively up to that point, creating chances but lacking the final product to go ahead.