Gold Cup 2013 Schedule: TV and Live Stream Info for Semifinals

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Gold Cup 2013 Schedule: TV and Live Stream Info for Semifinals
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The CONCACAF Gold Cup started with 12 squads looking to prove they are the best in the region, but only four remain.

After the group stage knocked four teams out of the running, another four were sent home after losing in the quarterfinals. However, what remains is a selection of squads that make up the elite portion of North and Central American soccer.

There are three matches remaining in this prestigious tournament, and the winner will get bragging rights for the next two years. Additionally, the strong performance will help give momentum for the remainder of World Cup qualifying.

Before that happens, however, the squads must compete in the semifinals. Here is a guide of what to watch for in each match. 

 

United States vs. Honduras

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When: July 24 at 7 p.m. ET

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Tex.

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Watch: FOX Soccer Channel

Live Stream: FOXSoccer2Go

The United States has looked strong throughout this tournament, winning its four matches by a combined score of 16-3. Landon Donovan has looked as good as ever and the squad is getting production from new sources as well, like Joe Corona.

However, the Americans better be prepared for their toughest test so far when they battle against Honduras.

While Honduras has not been blowing teams out, it is very strong defensively and only allowed goals in one of its four matches so far. It does a good job of maintaining possession and makes few mistakes.

Against Costa Rica—the only opponent to give the U.S. problems in this tournament—Honduras allowed few chances and saw great saves from Donis Escober hold its opponents scoreless throughout the match. 

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Even the United States struggled to score when the teams competed in World Cup qualifying in June. A Jozy Altidore goal in the 73rd minute was the only tally in the entire match.

This means that the host team has to be especially strong when finishing. Poor shots have been overlooked in this tournament because opportunities were plentiful, but scoring chances will be harder to come by in this match.

Whether Chris Wondolowski, Eddie Johnson, Corona or anyone else has a chance to score in front of the net, they need to make sure they make it count to help them advance.

Prediction: United States 2, Honduras 1

 

Mexico vs. Panama

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When: July 24 at 10 p.m. ET

Where: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Tex.

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Watch: FOX Soccer Channel

Live Stream: FOXSoccer2Go

Few teams have been as impressive to start the Gold Cup as Panama. The squad is often overlooked in CONCACAF, but it won Group A and then destroyed Cuba in the quarterfinals with a 6-1 victory.

Gabriel Torres scored two in the last contest and has put his name on the map as one of the top young forwards in the region. He has five goals in the tournament, which is tied with Wondolowski for the most overall.

Additionally, two of those goals came against Mexico in the squad's 2-1 victory in group play. 

However, the two-time defending champions of the Gold Cup are not going to get eliminated that easily. The young roster continues to improve, while Marco Fabian and Raul Jimenez are getting goals in key situations.

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Even though El Tri have struggled at getting onto the scoreboard in all competitions, the rest of the play has been solid enough to avoid losses. With clutch scoring, they should be able to do enough to win in this one as well.

Panama has loads of ability, but inconsistency has held the national team back for a long time. After scoring six goals in the last match, do not be surprised to see a poor follow-up performance in a loss to Mexico.

Prediction: Mexico 1, Panama 0

 

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