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Chicharito!!

The 2011 Gold Cup is underway...Headlines so far...

Costa Rica beat Cuba 5-0. Mexico beat El Salvador 5-0. Javier "El Chicharito'' Hernandez, the Manchester United rising star, scored three of Mexico's five goals! A crowd of 80,108 showed up at Cowboys Stadium, most of them "El Tri'' fans dressed in Green, Red and White.

The US opens tomorrow against Canada in Detroit. Team USA hoping for a better showing than the 4-0 loss to Spain at Foxboro on Saturday. Granted, Landon Donovan (ill) didn't play, and several key starters were rested on the bench the first half, but still...4-0? Ouch.

The Gold Cup makes a stop in Miami Friday night at FIU Stadium. Jamaica's Reggae Boyz vs. Guatemala at 7, followed by Grenada vs. Honduras. Tickets available at www.goldcup.org

If Miami wants to prove it's a viable soccer market for MLS, fans need to step up and show up Friday night.

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What do you think about the doping scandal will it affect Mexicos run for the title?

Can't say I'm too surprised over these results..

Wonder if the writer was at the Gold Cup matches? She usually doesn't attend anything in South Florida.

Phillip:
Perhaps you should do your homework before you go trashing people online. This writer has covered soccer in SFla for the past 15 years and written, literally, thousands of stories on local soccer, covered every Fusion home game, some of their road games, every US national team visit/training camp, international friendlies, the recent bid for an MLS/Barca team, the renaming and rebranding of Fort Lauderdale Strikers. I was on vacation during the recent Gold Cup game at FIU, which is why I wasn't at that one. I do not cover the Strikers home games because I have many other sports I am responsible for, so we have other people cover those games.
Also, fyi, we are one of the only papers in the nation to run a weekly soccer column, to put Gold Cup stories and advances on the front of our section, and I was one of just 10, yes 10, US daily newspaper reporters who covered all five weeks of the World Cup last summer.
Again, please do homework before you rip people.
Thanks,
Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald.

Keep up the great work, Michelle!

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