CHARLOTTE, NC - JUNE 09: Javier Hernandez celebrates with teammate Giovani Dos Santos #10 of Mexico after Dos Santos scored a goal against Cuba during their game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup at Bank of America Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Gold Cup (Copa Oro) 2011 Quarterfinals: Mexico Defeats Guatemala 2-1 With Chicharito Backheel Winner

Mexico and Honduras are going through to the semifinals of the 2011 Gold Cup, thanks to a penalty shootout win for Los Catrachos and a Chicharito backheel winner for El Tri.

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Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: 2-1 Final Score, 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez Scores Winning Goal

Things looked bad for Mexico, as they got off to a terrible start in their Gold Cup quarterfinal match against Guatemala. In the 5th minute, Hector Moreno made a terrible error, allowing Carlos Ruiz to get onto a long ball at the top of the penalty area unmarked. Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera came out too far and Ruiz chipped the ball over him, giving Guatemala a 1-0 lead. Mexico went into halftime a disappointed and slightly stunned team, but they have started slow in other games in this tournament. It felt like the explosion was coming and it did, as El Tri made adjustments and eventually won by a final score of 2-1.

Jose Manuel de la Torre noticed that Guatemala weren't using the center of the pitch at all and he decided to try to take advantage of this, bringing in striker Aldo de Nigris for holding midfielder Israel Castro. This left Gerardo Torrado as the only man in the middle, which is a dangerous move in lots of games. It wasn't in this case, and Torrado did the job by himself just fine.

Just three minutes into the second half, de Nigris scored a goal on a scramble, which has been his M.O. throughout the tournament. He has three goals in the tournament, all of them as a second half substitute when Mexico was in need of a goal.

With a loss no longer a very obvious possibility, Mexico settled down. They started to play loose and create chances, and they would finally find their winner in the middle of the second half. Pablo Barrera played a low cross into Javier Hernandez who scored on a great backheel goal at the near post - video here - putting Mexico ahead 2-1 for good.

Mexico play again on Wednesday, as they take on Honduras in Houston, Texas in the Gold Cup semifinals.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez Scores Incredible Backheel Goal

After an average match against Costa Rica and an average start against Guatemala, 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez has, unbelievably, done something even more impressive than any of his five goals in Mexico's first two games. With Mexico locked in a 1-1 draw with Guatemala, the Little Pea scored what is debatably the best goal of the tournament - unseating teammate Andres Guardado - putting El Tri ahead 2-1. As it stands, they have a date with Honduras in the Gold Cup semifinals.

The man who set up the goal was Pablo Barrera, which should be no surprise to anyone who's been watching El Tri during Jose Manuel de la Torre's reign as manager. While Chicharito is the biggest star and Giovani dos Santos and Andres Guardado get tons of press, Barrera has been the unsung hero of the Mexico attack on the right wing. He put in a low cross to Hernandez, and having already run by it at the near post, he re-positioned himself and backheeled the ball into the back of the net. Mexico now just have to hold on to their lead, but they will probably look to expand it.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Aldo De Nigris Goal Levels Match

What was that I was saying about Chepo making a good move? Just three minutes after removing one of his holding midfield players for a striker, Jose Manuel de la Torre has been rewarded for his ambition as substitute Aldo de Nigris has scored a goal after just three minutes on the pitch, knotting up this Gold Cup quarterfinal match against 1-1. Guatemala will now feel the pressure to create another goal, as Mexico will not allow them as much space to counter, since they're no longer incredibly desperate.

I would like to point out, for a minute, how absolutely ridiculous it is that Mexico are able to bring Aldo de Nigris off the bench. He has three goals in this tournament and he is the starting No. 9 for the team who won the CONCACAF Champions League. That player has absolutely no chance of starting for Mexico. Depth, homies.

On a completely different note, Wilfred Velazquez just executed a nasty two-footed, studs up challenge on Rafael Marquez's shin and somehow managed to avoid snapping his leg in half. The referee, being a crazy person, did not show a straight red card.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Aldo De Nigris Enters For Israel Castro

What do you do when you need a goal and your opponents aren't even using their midfielders? You put on an attacking player for one of your holding midfielders. Take notes, Bob Bradley! 'Chepo' Jose Manuel de la Torre has opted to take Israel Castro, a holding midfielder off the pitch, replacing him with striker Aldo de Nigris. Mexico will now operate with a very wide 4-4-2 diamond formation with only one real central midfielder - Gerardo Torrado - and they're unlikely to get punished for it. I'm not entirely sure that Guatemala knows what a midfield is.

An early second half goal from El Tri seems like something that is very likely to happen. Aldo de Nigris has already been very effective for Mexico off the bench in this tournament, and that's independent of his very good season for Monterrey.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: El Tri Trails At Halftime

Mexico were expected to defeat Guatemala without much of a problem and coast into the semifinals of the Gold Cup, but they're finding this quarterfinal match more difficult than anticipated. Guatemala has a 1-0 lead at halftime, thanks to a goal by Carlos Ruiz in the 5th minute. Mexico have gotten off to relatively slow starts before exploding in this tournament, so it shouldn't be too shocking that they're yet to score, but this is the first time in the tournament that they have fallen behind their opponent.

Ruiz scored thanks to a bad defensive error by Hector Moreno, who completely misplayed a long ball and left Ruiz alone with the ball at the top of the box. Alfredo Talavera was too aggressive coming out of his box and Ruiz chipped him, putting the ball into the back of the net to give his team the lead.

Guatemala are packing everyone behind the ball while Mexico are pushing everyone forward, and this has had predictable results. Mexico has all of the possession, but Guatemala have some space when they get out on the counter attack. Mexico haven't been terribly patient, and Jose Manuel de la Torre will likely make some adjustments in the locker room.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Carlos Ruiz Gives Guatemala Shock Lead

After just five minutes of their Gold Cup quarterfinal match against Mexico, Guatemala has an absolutely stunning lead on Mexico, who will now have to chase the game for the first time all tournament. Guatemala were thought by most to be a mere stepping stone on Mexico's way to a semifinal match against either Honduras - who we now know is in the semifinals - or Costa Rica, but Guatemala looks like they might be up for the challenge.

The goal was more or less gifted to Guatemala, but Carlos Ruiz did very well to finish off the chance that was given to him. Hector Moreno, who has been flawless in this tournament so far, completely misplayed the ball at the top of his penalty area, giving the ball away to Ruiz. Goalkeeper Alfredo Talavara made an ill-advised move off his line and Ruiz chipped it over him into the open net, putting his team up 1-0.

Before the goal, Mexico had all of the possession and were putting dangerous balls into the box, challenging Guatemala. The underdogs were playing a bit defensively, but now that they have a lead, they're probably going to keep 10 men behind the ball for the foreseeable future.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Catrachos Win On Penalties

After being branded as the third best team in CONCACAF and a potential challenger to the United States, Costa Rica has crashed out of the Gold Cup by losing to Honduras on penalty kicks in the quarterfinals. This marks the second straight bad loss for the Ticos after a 4-1 loss to Mexico, and Ricardo La Volpe's job might be in question heading into World Cup Qualifying.

Late in the game, Honduras brought injured stars Carlos Costly and Wilson Palacios off the bench, and the Catrachos seemed to pick up some energy and come back into the game after they entered. Both players netted penalties while both Celso Borges and Alvaro Saborio - a couple of fantastic finishers - hit the crossbar and missed for Costa Rica.

On Wednesday, Honduras contests the semifinals against the winner of tonight's late game, Mexico vs. Guatemala. El Tri are heavy favorites, and Honduras is probably already mentally preparing for a match against Chicharito and company.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup: Lineups

Mexico's road to a second consecutive Gold Cup title begins in earnest tonight as they square off against Guatemala in the quarterfinals at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. Sure, they've already played three group stage matches, but they were never going to be tested there. The knockout stages are the real test for El Tri.

As simple as the group stage might be for a team like Mexico, they sure impressed anyways. They were utterly dominant. Javier Hernandez was deadly in front of a three-man attacking midfield of Giovazno dos Santos, Pablo Barrera and Andres Guardado that is as dynamic as CONCACAF has seen in a long time. Their lone weakness, defense, was barely tested and when they were they performed well.

In today's quarterfinal they are going with the lineup everyone expects of them. Their bench is still only made up fo six because they have yet to replace any of the five players suspended for a positive doping test, but in the starting XI, it is strong. They will have to contend with the dangerous Marco Pappa though and Carlos Ruiz still has the ability to score a goal from nowhere or draw a penalty in no way deserved so there is a slight chance for Guatemala to pull the upset, but it is very, very slight.

Mexico: Alfredo Talavera; Carlos Salcido, Rafa Marquez, Hector Moreno, Efrain Juárez; Israel Castro, Gerardo TorradoAndres Guardado, Giovani dos Santos, Pablo Barrera; Javier Hernandez

Guatemala: Ricardo Jerez, Gustavo Cabrera, Carlos Gallardo, Cristian Noriega, Elias Vasquez, Wilfred, Velasquez, Marco Pappa, Jonathan Lopez, Jose Del Aguila, Carlos Ruiz, Jairo Arreola

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: Teams Head To Extra Time

Costa Rica and Honduras have not been able to settle their Gold Cup quarterfinal matchup in 90 minutes, so the two sides are now headed to extra time with the score tied up at 1-1. After a fairly lackluster first half that saw Honduras suffer an injury and Costa Rica struggle to pass the ball, the second half has been wildly entertaining, as it's had everything that one might want in a football game. There have been two goals, multiple saves, physical play, fighting, drama, and a big substitution as Wilson Palacios has entered the game.

Honduras opening the scoring in the 49th minute, thanks to a goal by Jerry Bengston. Javier Portillo created the chance and had his effort pushed away by Keylor Navas, but Bengston tapped in the rebound to give his team the lead. That lead didn't last long, though, as Dennis Marshall scored an equalizer in the 56th minute, heading in a corner kick from Christian Bolaños.

Both teams had big chances to win the match, but were ultimately thwarted by the opposing goalkeeper. Costa Rica were granted a penalty in the 73rd minute when Marco Ureña was hauled down by Victor Bernardez. However, Noel Valladares saved Alvaro Saborio's penalty attempt, and the game remained tied. In stoppage time, Honduras had a chance to win, but two successive shots were cleared off the line, first by Navas, then by Marshall.

Just before the whistle blew to signal the end of normal time, injured Honduran star Wilson Palacios entered the game for the final 30 minutes. Before the match, his manager said he was '65 percent.'


Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, 2011 Gold Cup Quarterfinals: 0-0 Halftime

Costa Rica and Honduras haven't played a particularly great first half at the New Meadowlands Stadium, but it hasn't been inherently boring. They're playing a tough, physical game, and both teams are struggling to create scoring chances because of the style of play. The temporary grass which has slowed things down hasn't helped, but if either team blames it for their performance, they're just making excuses. For now, nothing has been solved in this Gold Cup quarterfinal, and both teams have everything to play for in the second half.

Honduras have looked like the slightly better team, much to the surprise of most people. It's not that Honduras isn't a good team, but most of their best players are unavailable, leaving them to play a slightly makeshift lineup. Unfortunately, they appear to have lost another player to injury, with Walter Martinez coming out for Ramon Nuñez in the middle of the half.

The Ticos have looked fairly poor all-around, and it's probably due to their selected players not meshing. Ricardo La Volpe has tried to fit Alvaro Saborio, Bryan Ruiz, and Marco Ureña into the same squad. Simply put, it's not working the way he probably thought it would. 


Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, 2011 Gold Cup: Lineups

The knockout stages of the 2011 Gold Cup are finally here and it begins in the top half of the bracket with Costa Rica and Honduras squaring off at New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. It's a match-up of two second-place teams from their groups after the Ticos finished behind Mexico in Group A with four points and Honduras finished secnd in Group B, also with four points.

The Ticos come into this match as the favorites with arguably the best striker in CONCACAF, Bryan Ruiz, leading the attack alongside a dangerous Marco Urena and massively underrated Celso Borges. The story for the Hondurans is who isn't there with Maynor Figueroa being left off the tournament roster at the request of his club and Wilson Palacios having yet to play in the tournament as he battles injury.

Whoever wins this match will play the winner of the second match in today's doubleheader between Mexico and Guatemala. That semifinal will be on Wednesday at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX.

Costa Rica: Navas, Diaz, Oviedo, Marshall, Acosta, Salvatierra, Borges, Ruiz, Saborio, Urena, Bolanos

Honduras: Valladares, Garca, Sabillion, Garcia, Bernardez, Chavez, Espinoza, Portillo, Thomas, Martinez, Bengtson


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, 2011 Gold Cup: El Tri Returning To Site of '09 Triumph

The 2009 Gold Cup ended in triumph for Mexico. They went to East Rutherford, NJ for the final and dropped the hammer on their rivals, the United States, with five second half goals to claim the trophy. Sure, they were playing without many of their best players and the U.S. was playing without even more of their best players, but a 5-0 victory in a final against your rivals is always worth some celebration.

Now El Tri is looking to defend their Gold Cup title and as they begin the knockout stages, they return to the site of their 2009 triumph in East Rutherford. It's not the exact site. Since 2009 the stadium that they won the title in, Giants Stadium, has ben demolished, but Mexico will play their quarterfinal match in the stadium that replaced it on almost the exact same plot of land, New Meadowlands Stadium.

As is always the case when Mexico plays in the U.S., they will have a decidedly pro-Mexican crowd supporting them. All 80,000 seats at New Meadowlands Stadium have been sold and if any fewer than 78,000 are filled by Mexicans it will be a shocker. It will be a sea of green as El Tri take on Guatemala for a spot in the semifinals.

To expect El Tri to match the result of their last trip to East Rutherford might be asking a little much. A 5-0 result is impressive no matter the opponent and expecting that in a knockout stage match is setting the bar a little too high. That said, Guatemala are heavy underdogs and Mexico should have no problem disposing of them. Giovani dos Santos, Gerardo Torrado and the rest of El Tri should have a field day, just like they did two years ago.


Mexico Vs. Guatemala, Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, Gold Cup (Copa Oro) 2011: Game Time, TV Schedule, And More

The quarterfinals of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup get underway today from New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, and if you live in one of a number of wonderful countries, you can catch both Mexico vs. Guatemala and Costa Rica vs. Honduras on television. The match between Costa Rica and Honduras kicks off first, with Mexico and Guatemala taking the field after a break, which is different from the group stages of the competition. Here's all the info.

Costa Rica vs. Honduras

Time: 5:00 pm ET

Television: Telefutura (US - Spanish), Setanta Sports (Canada, Australia)

Mexico vs. Guatemala

Time: 8:00 pm ET

Television: Univision (US - Spanish), Setanta Sports (Canada, Australia)

Unfortunately for U.S. viewers who do not speak Spanish, the game is not available in English. New Meadowlands Stadium is sold out, so the atmosphere for both games should be spectacular. The winners of the two games will face each other on Wednesday at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.


Marco Pappa One To Watch - FMF State Of Mind

While Guatemala aren't about to set the world on fire anytime soon, they do have some good players hanging about on their team, including Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire. Kevin McCauley of SB Nation's Mexican futbol blog FMF State of Mind has his eye on the winger for the quarterfinal tonight. It's not because there are rumours of Pappa going anywhere just yet, but Kevin thinks that a move to Mexico for the talented player would make some sense:

A move for Pappa to FMF makes a whole lot of sense for him and for almost every team in the league, and it's something that could probably be facilitated with the Chicago Fire.

Pappa, despite his immense talents, is on the s--t list of a lot of Fire fans because of his lack of commitment to tracking back on defense. Why a team with lots of good defensive midfield players and almost no creative presence would ask their most creative player to defend is beyond me, but that's another issue for another day. The point is, Pappa isn't universally loved in Chicago but is, at the same time, too good for a Fire team that has a very fractured squad, a bad record, and a very weird coaching situation.

It wouldn't be out of the question that rumours start rolling in regarding Pappa if he does well against Mexico today, but he's more likely to be frustrated by a suffocating El Tri defence and overshadowed by the impressive attacking options of team Mexico. He's still a quality player, though, and this could well be his time to shine.


Costa Rica Vs. Honduras, Gold Cup 2011: Wilson Palacios, Others Out Injured

If Honduras are going to defeat Costa Rica at New Meadowlands Stadium today, they're going to have to do it without most of their best players. Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Wilson Palacios hasn't been playing for Los Catrachos in this Gold Cup, but many hoped he would make his debut. Unfortunately, manager Luis Fernando Suarez says that he's out as he is 'only 65 percent recovered' from his injury. Along with Palacios, Edder Delgado will miss out due to injury, while Alfredo Meija is suspended.

These injuries leave Honduras extremely thin in midfield, and they're going to have to get creative to fill out a reasonable looking team against Costa Rica. Adding to their woes is the fact that striker Carlo Costly, the most experienced and consistent forward on the roster, is a doubt.

There's one piece of good news for Honduras, and that is that Emilio Izaguirre is healthy by all indications. If he plays against Costa Rica, the man who is widely regarded as the best left back in the Scottish Premier League will be a massive boost to his team.

If Honduras gets through to the semifinal, they're facing a likely date with Mexico, who play Guatemala in the quarterfinals today. Without Palacios, Izaguirre and Costly, they might as well kiss their chances goodbye. If all three players are available, we might have one heck of a great semifinal on our hands.


Huge Gap Between Mexico And Guatemala - FMF State Of Mind

When you have a team that's demolished every opponent in every game of the Gold Cup thus far going up against one who earned a grand total of four points in the group (three of which came against Grenada), one might be forgiven for thinking the quarterfinal match between Mexico and Guatemala is a foregone conclusion. With the players El Tri can field vs. what Guatemala have to offer, it seems unfair to pit them against one another.

And that's because it is unfair. Eben Lehmenn of SB Nation's Mexican futbol blog FMF State of Mind agrees. There's an insane gap in quality between the two, especially when it comes to goal scoring, where Manchester United hitman Chicharito leads a prolific Mexican attack while Guatemala counter with... Carlos Ruiz.

The large gap in quality between the two teams is best illustrated by individual scoring numbers. Mexico have four players that have scored multiple goals in this year’s Gold Cup: Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez (5), Aldo De Nigris (2), Giovani Dos Santos (2), and Andres Guardado (2). Guatemala players with multiple goals? That would be zero.

Guatemala will have their hands full and then some trying to contain Chicharito up front, along with the attacking midfield trio of Guardado, Dos Santos, and Pablo Barrera. Those four players have already scored an impressive 10 goals combined in three games. It almost becomes a game of pick your poison for opposing teams. Even when Gold Cup scoring leader Chicharito doesn't find the back of the net, such as against Costa Rica, the team still has more than enough weapons to dominate play in the attacking third.

That's not even mentioning Mexico's strong defence vs. Guatemala's... not so strong defence. All signs are pointing to another massacre in El Tri's favour. It'll be very interesting to see what exactly the underdogs do about that.


Gold Cup (Copa Oro) Quarterfinals: Mexico Vs. Guatemala, Costa Rica Vs. Honduras

Blast your way through the group stages and you should be rewarded. In the case of Jamaica, they're probably not too happy that their nine point performance has sealed a date with the United States. In the case of Mexico, their dominance of Group A of the Gold Cup has paid off, as they have a quarterfinal date with Guatemala, arguably the weakest team remaining in the competition. They play the nightcap at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, right after Costa Rica takes on Honduras.

That opening game is an interesting one, as many thought that Honduras and Costa Rica were both likely semifinalists. Jamaica has impressed so far in this competition, but the general consensus is that Costa Rica and Honduras are the third and fourth best teams in CONCACAF behind the traditional big two of the United States and Mexico. Both teams have had ups and downs to start the tournament, but both also have much more in their bag of tricks than they've shown so far.

Costa Rica were absolutely obliterated by Mexico in the first half of their group stage game, and there's no question that they're a better team than they showed in those 45 minutes. Bryan Ruiz looked a bit rusty in his first game back with the team, while the entire defense looked very poor. The good news is that loss didn't knock them out of the tournament, and it would be stunning to see them play that poorly again.

Honduras, like Costa Rica, rested some of their stars. However, unlike Costa Rica, they didn't bust them out for the final game of the group stages. It seems like now would be the time for them to bring stars Wilson Palacios of Tottenham Hotspur and Emilio Izaguirre of Celtic. They were both called into the team, but have yet to play. If they're not going to play in the knockout stages, why call them into the team in the first place?

Just because of the question marks around Palacios and Izaguirre, Costa Rica have to be slight favorites for this match. Additionally, Ruiz probably shook off most of the rust against Mexico, and he'll be ready to play in a must-win game. 

The other game is likely to be less interesting, as it would be stunning to see Mexico fail to defeat Guatemala in a convincing matter. 'Chicharito' Javier Hernandez is the leading scorer in the Gold Cup, except Mexico is so good right now that they didn't even need him to score to absolutely rip apart Costa Rica. Finally having a reliable, near-world class center forward has made Mexico a bigger force than they have been since Jared Borgetti and Cuauhtemoc Blanco were in their early thirties, but their other attacking players are so good that they can create chances even if Chicharito disappears.

Andres Guardado, Pablo Barrera and Giovani dos Santos make up the band of three players behind Hernandez, and all three have been absolutely fantastic. Guardado scored what was the goal of the tournament so far against Costa Rica, while dos Santos is finally reaching his potential after a few years of disappointment with Tottenham Hotspur and his loan spells before the most recent one to Racing Santander.

Mexico have had to play their last two games with just 17 players after Ricardo Osorio left the team because of injury and five others were removed for doping. FIFA and CONCACAF have ruled that the team is allowed to call in replacement players, but this is something that they will probably only take advantage of for the next two rounds of the tournament, if at all. Against Guatemala, expect the Mexican team to be made up of 17 players.

Guatemala have a couple of players who can create scoring chances from minimal opportunities, but they haven't come up against a team like Mexico in this tournament. Marco Pappa of the Chicago Fire is having a good tournament, but MLS and small island nations are nothing like Mexico. 

Barring a major upset, Mexico should be coasting through to the semifinals. The real show on Saturday will be the early game as two very solid teams fight for a semifinal place, the right to play Mexico, and the distinction as (at worst) the third best team in North America. The crowd at New Meadowlands Stadium should be massive and very pro-Mexico, but expect large contingents of fans from all of the other three countries involved.

For more on the 2011 Gold Cup (Copa Oro), the Mexico vs. Guatemala match, and Mexican football in general, check out SB Nation's Mexican football blog FMF State of Mind.

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