Tag Archives: gold cup 2013

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Champions League: The Folly of Forgiveness

The team that scores the most goals wins. An analysis based only on that fundamental maxim of football admittedly borders on naivete; but in the case of this week’s CONCACAF Champions League matches, it offers the best and simplest explanation for why the remaining US sides will have to fight …

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World Cup Preview: The (False) Start

Four years ago to the month, Costa Rica began the final round of continental qualifying for the World Cup finals in the best way possible: defeating archrivals Honduras 2-0 at the Estadio Saprissa. The game did not lend itself to assertions of superiority, as Rodrigo Kenton’s side labored to establish …

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CCL and Gold Cup Qualifiers: Let the Madness Begin

The most fallacious argument a Eurosnob can provide against deciding a league champion through playoffs is asserting, “That’s not how it’s done in the rest of the world!” In the only part of the world that actually matters to him or her, this may be true; but in our region, …

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Gold Cup Qualifiers: Like It Or Not

CONCACAF’s representative for the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup has already been determined. The 2011 Gold Cup finished with Mexico claiming the honor via a comprehensive 4-2 victory over the United States in the Rose Bowl. And yet, this week we will begin covering the qualifying process for the 2013 edition …

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2012: Banner Year for the Benna Boyz

On Friday, June 8, the United States will begin qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup with a home match against Antigua and Barbuda, a Caribbean nation with fewer residents than my hometown. It is very likely that the islanders will have been eliminated from contention by the time Clint …

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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 …