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Jamaica, Honduras win Gold Cup soccer games

Friday’s matches

Group B

(at Miami)

Jamaica 2, Guatemala 0

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Honduras 7, Grenada 1

Saturday’s matches

Group C

(at Tampa)

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Canada (0-1) vs. Guadeloupe (0-1), 3 p.m., Galavision

U.S. (1-0) vs. Panama (1-0), 5 p.m. TeleFutura, Fox Soccer

Update: The U.S. can join Mexico in the quarterfinals with a victory over Panama, but the Central Americans, ranked 67th on the FIFA world list, figure to offer a tougher test than Canada, the U.S. opening-match opponent. History is on the Americans’ side since they’ve never lost in the opening round of a Gold Cup and are 6-0-2 against Panama all-time. But the last three meetings in Gold Cup play have been nail-biters. Jozy Altidore had a goal and an assist in the U.S. win over Canada. That bodes well for the Americans’ long-silent forward line, which did not score a goal in last summer’s World Cup.

Kevin Baxter

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