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How the U.S. kept its Copa hopes alive

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U.S. to face Panama, Martinique, playoff winner in Gold Cup group stage

The United States will face Panama, Martinique and either Haiti or Nicaragua in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, the confederation announced on Tuesday.

In Group C, Mexico will face El Salvador, Jamaica and Curacao. Honduras, the winner of January's Copa Centroamericana are seeded in Group A and will face Costa Rica, French Guiana and Canada.

The final spot in this summer's tournament will be decided in a two-legged playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua later this month.

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Former Costa Rica and Real Salt Lake star Alvaro Saborio retires

Alvaro Saborio is Real Salt Lake's all-time leading goal scorer.

Former Costa Rica and MLS striker Alvaro Saborio has announced his retirement following a reported dispute with Saprissa fans. 

Saborio, who earned over 100 caps with Costa Rica, recently joined Saprissa after deciding to leave D.C United in December.

According to CRHoy.com, Saborio came into conflict with fans in a recent loss and afterward  he decided to retire "more than anything to protect my family."

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Defensive lapses doom U.S. in Costa Rica as Klinsmann's future left in doubt

Taylor Twellman reacts to the USMNT's performance against Costa Rica in WCQ, and if it's time to drop Klinsmann.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States responded to last week's loss to Mexico by imploding against Costa Rica in Friday's World Cup qualifier at Estadio Nacional, getting dismantled 4-0 by the Ticos on goals by Johan Venegas, Christian Bolanos and Joel Campbell's second-half brace. Here are three quick thoughts on the match.

1. Costa Rica thumps U.S. at home yet again

After Friday's defeat to El Tri in Columbus, Ohio -- Mexico's first win in qualifying in the U.S. in more than four decades...

Joel Campbell scores twice as Costa Rica thrashes U.S.

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Taylor Twellman reacts to the USMNT's performance against Costa Rica in WCQ, and if it's time to drop Klinsmann.

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- The United States put itself in a deep hole in World Cup qualifying with one of its worst performances in decades.

Taking advantage of defensive mistakes, Costa Rica routed the U.S. 4-0 Tuesday night to drop the Americans to 0-2 for the first time in the final qualifying round for the CONCACAF region.

Johan Venegas scored in the 43rd minute, Cristian Bolanos doubled the lead in the 69th and second-half substitute Joel Campbell beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan in the 74th and 77th...