CONCACAF Gold Cup

Jamaica

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.

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.

El Salvador

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.

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.

Gold Cup TV schedules set for quarter-finals featuring USA, Mexico and other nations

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Now that the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup has been completed, the schedule for the quarter-finals of the tournament can be revealed.

The USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Jamaica, Canada and Honduras are through and will play midweek. Meanwhile, Martinique, Curacao, French Guiana and Nicaragua go home.

Gold Cup TV schedules set for quarter-finals featuring USA, Mexico and other nations

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Now that the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup has been completed, the schedule for the quarter-finals of the tournament can be revealed.

The USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Jamaica, Canada and Honduras are through and will play midweek. Meanwhile, Martinique, Curacao, French Guiana and Nicaragua go home.

El Salvador, Jamaica split points to advance to Gold Cup knockout stage

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Following a sharing of goals, La Selecta and the Reggae Boyz are two of three Group C teams to have punched a ticket to the Gold Cup's quarter-finals.

El Salvador and Jamaica kicked off Sunday's doubleheader drawing, 1-1, at San Antonio's Alamodome.

Jamaica, El Salvador secure spots in CONCACAF Gold Cup quarters

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jamaica and El Salvador both punched their tickets to the quarter-finals after playing to a 1-1 draw in a Group C match at the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament on Sunday.

Jamaica now have one win and two draws which moves them into first place in the group standings with five points - just ahead of seven-time champions Mexico who have a game in hand.

Gold Cup Rewind: Mexico settles for scoreless draw with Jamaica, El Salvador tops Curacao

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With Pompilio Paiz directing Mexico on the bench, El Tri delivered a lackluster performance in the Mile-High City.

After both sides kicked off their Gold Cup journeys with three points, Mexico and Jamaica settled to a monotonous, 0-0, draw at Sports Authority Field on Thursday night.

United States Men's National Team

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.

Miazga shakes off preseason rust by scoring first USMNT goal

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U.S. Men's National Team defender Matt Miazga was happy to get back on the pitch.

"The goal was a little added bonus," he chuckled after Saturday's 3-0 win over Nicaragua.

It was Miazga's first game action in over two months and he was eager to shake off the rust. He was admittedly in "preseason mode," but he certainly helped out by scoring the goal that put the USMNT on top of Group B and into the Gold Cup quarterfinals with a favorable matchup against El Salvador.

Matt Miazga's late goal seals first place in Gold Cup group stage

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CLEVELAND — The U.S. Men's National team needed a big win to secure first place in its Gold Cup group, and avoid a brutal quarterfinal draw, and the Americans delivered in dramatic fashion.

Goals from Joe Corona, Kelyn Rowe, and Matt Miazga gave the USMNT a 3-0 victory it needed to overtake Panama for the top spot in Group B.

Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Jozy Altidore lead USMNT Gold Cup replacements

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In his quest to lead the U.S. Men's National Team to Gold Cup glory, head coach Bruce Arena is set to call in the big guns.

Usual starting goalkeeper Tim Howard will be joined by Toronto FC vets Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore on the official roster once the USMNT completes its final group stage match against Nicaragua on Saturday, Goal reports.

USMNT look for sharpness against Nicaragua

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Bruce Arena and the USMNT have a chance to finish the CONCACAF Gold Cup group stage strong against Nicaragua after turning in two underwhelming performances against Panama and Martinique.

"Game one was not our best game, but give Panama credit as well, and the same to Martinique," said Bruce Arena at a press conference Friday, "But I think we've made progress and we're headed in the right direction.

Highlights: USMNT 3, Martinique 2

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Mexican National Team

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.

Mexico tops Group C after defeating Curaçao

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After finishing first in Group C, Mexico are headed into very familiar territory.

Curaçao had more than enough scoring opportunities to exit the tournament in winning fashion, but in the end, the defending Gold Cup champions were too precise inside the box.

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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.

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.

Godoy own goal sends Costa Rica into CONCACAF Gold Cup semis

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Washington (AFP) – Anibal Godoy headed agonizingly into his own net to give Costa Rica a 1-0 victory over Panama on Wednesday in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Philadelphia.

The Central American rivals were deadlocked in the second half when Costa Rica’s David Guzman swung a long free kick toward the Panamanian goal.

Morris brace lifts US to 3-2 win over Martinique

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Washington (AFP) – Two goals from Jordan Morris helped a revamped United States hold off Martinique 3-2 on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Tampa, Florida.

Bruce Arena’s men, held to a 1-1 draw by Panama in their opening match, were again less than convincing, surrendering a 2-0 lead to minnows Martinique before Morris’s 76th-minute strike sealed the victory.

Morris brace lifts US to 3-2 win over Martinique

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Washington (AFP) – Two goals from Jordan Morris helped a revamped United States hold off Martinique 3-2 on Wednesday in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Tampa, Florida.

Bruce Arena’s men, held to a 1-1 draw by Panama in their opening match, were again less than convincing, surrendering a 2-0 lead to minnows Martinique before Morris’s 76th-minute strike sealed the victory.

Costa Rica

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.

Gold Cup Quarterfinals: A Look Ahead

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The 2017 Gold Cup has reached the knockout stage, with the remaining eight sides competing in the quarterfinals on Wednesday and Thursday.

The first set of quarterfinalists head to Philadelphia, where Costa Rica faces Panama and the U.S. Men's National Team takes on El Salvador.

Gold Cup Rewind: Canada, Honduras share points in draw, Costa Rica tops Group A

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The Canadian Men's National Team wasn't able to secure the victory it needed to become the improbable winner of the CONCACAF Gold Cup's Group A, but the Canucks still did enough to finish up the group stage undefeated and brimming with confidence.

Canada and Honduras played to a 0-0 draw at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas on Friday night, which helped Canada secure second place in Group A, behind Costa Rica, which disposed of French Guiana, 3-0, earlier on Friday.

Friday Gold Cup Preview: Canada, Honduras square off

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Now that the ridiculousness of the Florent Malouda situation has ended, the focus of Group A can shift to an intense final matchday at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

After the French Guiana forfeit became official early Friday morning, Honduras is in prime position to upset Canada's knockout round hopes, while Costa Rica is in great shape to clinch the top position.

The Rest

Most-watched soccer games on US TV for July 12-17, 2017

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Mexico and the United States topped the charts last week as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Group Stage concluded. Mexico’s matches averaged 3.189 million viewers between both FOX’s and Univision’s networks, beating all other nations by a huge margin. Unsurprisingly, the United States saw the second-highest average viewership at 1.

MLS Week 19: A Midweek Look Ahead

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Major League Soccer returns from the CONCACAF Gold Cup break on Wednesday with a bulky slate of matches. However, they will be overshadowed by the quarterfinals of the continental competition.

Regardless of what you think of the scheduling nightmare, which many think is ridiculous with 38 players set to miss the night's matches because of the Gold Cup, the games will go on Wednesday with the chase for the playoffs beginning in earnest.

Pick the Houston Dynamo Starting XI against Minnesota United FC

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Who's in your starting XI against Minnesota United FC?

Following a bit of a congested schedule at the end of June and going into early July the Houston Dynamo got a small break while the CONCACAF Gold Cup played its group stage. With the knockout round underway, MLS play has resumed and the Dynamo have another double game week.

Panama cruises through Martinique to reach Gold Cup quarterfinals

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Panama was nothing short of dominant in their group stage finale.

It took Los Canaleros some time to truly get going, but they came alive towards the end of the first half to down Martinique, 3-0, putting themselves in a strong position to win Group B before the U.

Some Soccer News for Jul 14, 2017

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It's Day 195 of 2017.


My two-pronged plan for soccer on Saturday:
  1. 6:00pm at Town Hall Brewery in Seven Corners to watch USA v Nicaragua in Gold Cup on TV
  2. 8:00pm-ish head to Minnesota United v Atlas friendly at TCF Bank Stadium

dN

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is basically more worthless than its ever been before.