Three years away from the Big Show, also known as the World Cup, the CONCACAF Gold Cup is very much an off-Broadway production.
It determines the champion of soccer’s North and Central American and Caribbean region, but its main purpose is to screen new talent, to assess who might hold his own during qualifying for South Africa 2010, when things get serious.
That’s certainly the approach the U.S. took Saturday in earning a 2-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago that all but clinched its place in the Gold Cup quarterfinals.
Goals by Brian Ching and Eddie Johnson did the trick in front of a sellout crowd at the Home Depot Center, but the player who impressed again was Justin Mapp.
David Beckham’s ankle injury is threatening to cast a shadow over what should be a fairytale ending to the former England captain’s Real Madrid career.
If Madrid beat Real Mallorca in next weekend’s final round of Primera Liga fixtures then they will be crowned Spanish champions for the first time since 2003 and the 30th time in their history.
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