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CONCACAF to start Gold Cup competition under a dark cloud

CONCACAF to start Gold Cup competition under a dark cloud

A year after the most successful World Cup in confederation history, CONCACAF, the organization overseeing soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, should still be celebrating. It sent four teams to that World Cup in Brazil and three of them advanced out of group play, with Costa Rica reaching the quarterfinals. And in the Women's World Cup, which concluded Sunday, Canada reached the quarterfinals and the U.S. won the tournament. CONCACAF's next big event is the 12-team, 19-day Gold Cup tournament that kicks off Tuesday. The opening doubleheader is in suburban Dallas, where the U.S. meets Honduras, a 2014 World Cup qualifier, and Panama plays Haiti. On...

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