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Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

Gold Cup longshots closing gap on powerhouses

The latest edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup began earlier this month the same way it always does, with a 14-team field full of unlikely longshots such as Canada, Nicaragua, French Guiana, Curacao and Martinique.

And if Mexico can get past Jamaica in Sunday’s semifinal at the Rose Bowl (FS1, Univision, 6 p.m.), the tournament will also end the way it usually does too, with El Tri meeting the U.S. in Wednesday’s final in Santa Clara.

With the U.S. advancing to the championship game by beating Costa Rica 2-0 on Saturday, this year’s tournament marks the ninth consecutive time either Mexico or the U.S. has made the final. Three times in the last five Gold Cup finals, they’ve faced...

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