21
Jul

Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s victory over El Salvador

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

Baltimore, Maryland

Landon Donovan scored once and prompted three other goals to lead the United States to a 5-1 victory over El Salvador at a sold-out M&T Bank Stadium.

The final score reflects the Americans’ dominance on the day without telling the entire story. El Salvador reduced the deficit to 2-1 through a Rodolfo Zelaya penalty eight minutes before the interval and threatened to nick an equalizer early in the second half.

Eddie Johnson eventually removed most of the doubt by scoring seconds after his introduction. A pair of goals in the final quarter of an hour secured a semifinal date against Costa Rica or Honduras in Arlington, Tex. on Wednesday.

U.S. coach Jürgen Klinsmann will take plenty with him – including these five points – from this match ahead of the more difficult task ahead in midweek.

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16
Jul

Gold Cup: Five things learned from USA’s 1-0 win over Costa Rica

By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

EAST HARTFORD, Conn.

United States winger Brek Shea struck eight minutes from time to give the Americans a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Tuesday night. Shea’s late goal ensured the Americans finished atop Group C and secured a quarterfinal date with El Salvador on Sunday in Baltimore.

The nature of the victory in this dour affair will give Jurgen Klinsmann plenty to ponder – including these five points – as he prepares for the knockout stages.

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11
Jul

Debate of Mexican naturalization reignites old arguments

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By Kyle McCarthy, FOXSoccer.com

SEATTLE

Every sentence out of José Manuel de la Torre carries the potential to infuriate at the moment, but the Mexico manager’s current stance on the prospect of including nationalized players in his squad will likely provoke genuine anger in some quarters.

The idea of allowing naturalized citizens – usually defined in this case as imports with no familial ties to the country – to play for El Tri sparks vociferous debate every time the topic emerges. It did when Guillermo Franco, Antonio Naelson Sinha and Vicente Matías Vuoso earned a place in the team. It does now when the possibility of including Christian Giménez (a player who has already declared his willingness to turn out for Mexico), Lucas Lobos and Lucas Silva in a future squad rises to the fore.

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3
Jul

Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre talks Mexico, Gold Cup and more

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By Leander Schaerlaeckens, FOXSoccer.com

The Gold Cup is a deceptively difficult tournament. This biennial championship of the CONCACAF region, constituted of North and Central America and the Caribbean, is short on marquee names.

Just don’t tell that to Mexico’s manager Jose Manuel “Chepo” de la Torre.

Mexico is in crisis. An alarming start to World Cup qualifying and an inglorious exit from the Confederations Cup have left Mexico’s manager a man whose job could be taken from him any day now.

The Mexican federation claims this isn’t true. “There is no Plan B,” national team director Hector Gonzalez Inarritu said in a press conference last week. “I’m confident that we will qualify for the World Cup and we will win the Gold Cup.”

In an exclusive interview with FOX Sports, de la Torre explains the current state of Mexico’s national team before this summer’s Gold Cup tournament:

Make sure to catch the interview in its entirety on July 7 (live, FOX Soccer, Sunday, 7:30 p.m. ET). For the latest Gold Cup news, visit FOXSoccer.com.