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Gold Cup Qualifiers: At the Edge of the Wilderness

When the semifinal round of World Cup qualifying came to a close last year, Guatemala began the painful process of adapting to the sobering reality in front of them: while the likes of Honduras could anticipate 10 Hexagonal matches against the continent’s finest, the chapines only had three guaranteed fixtures …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: The Last Shall Be First…Or Second (Plus: Reaction to Conrad-Gulati)

When I criticized the Copa Centroamericana last year, longtime reader slaminsams reacted by counseling patience, suggesting that the eventual Fifth-Place Match would get more exciting as Nicaragua and Belize improve their competitiveness. Now that the latest edition is headed towards Matchday 3, with no fewer than four Gold Cup berths …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: Rivalries Galore

During my undergraduate studies, one of my close friends bought me a copy of The Ball is Round: A Global History of Soccer by David Goldblatt as a gift. Over the winter break, I thumbed through the book in search of useful tidbits on the development of the game in …

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Copa Centroamericana: Improvement by Subtraction

Why is the CONCACAF Gold Cup unique among continental championships? Most likely, your first reaction was “of course, it’s the only one that gets hosted in the same country every time!” That is certainly true; and it is unlikely to change anytime soon, since the tournament subsidizes all other CONCACAF …

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Replacing the "Off-Beat" Gold Cup

If you have watched any Gold Cup games or read anything on the tournament, surely you have encountered some version of these statements: “This Gold Cup matters.” “This Gold Cup is the one that counts.” “The winner of this Gold Cup gets to play in the 2013 Confederations Cup in …

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Gold Cup 2011 Matchday 1 Review

Before we begin, I wanted to try and flesh out my criteria for choosing the Team and Goat in the “review” entries. The latter’s a bit easier to identify: unless a referee, a set of fans, a tv network or CONCACAF itself steals the “award” through incompetency, boorish behavior or …