Gold Cup

FC Dallas's Tesho Akindele to decide international future in time for CONCACAF Gold Cup

USMNT or Canada? Akindele expects to decide before Gold Cup
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FRISCO, Texas – Tesho Akindele is nearing a decision about his international allegiance.

The Canadian-American dual national has been courted by both countries since taking home the 2014 Rookie of the Year trophy, accepting – then backing out of – a call-up for Canada’s friendly against Panama in November before participating in the USMNT’s annual January camp this winter.

Canada manager Benito Floro: FC Dallas' Tesho Akindele close to representing Les Rouges

Tesho for Canada? Floro says FCD dual national could still rep Les Rouges

With a massive summer ahead of them, Canada might be about to get a goalscoring boost from the reigning MLS Rookie of the Year.

According to Canadian head coach Benito Floro, FC Dallas striker Tesho Akindele is "99.9 percent" committed to representing the land of his birth in international play.

FIFA World Rankings: USMNT climb five spots to reach No. 27, Mexico rise three to No. 18

How high did US, Mexico, Canada rise in FIFA rankings?

Jozy Altidore crosses against Switzerland

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The US national team rose five spots in this month's FIFA World Rankings, climbing to No. 27 and remaining third in CONCACAF behind No. 15 Costa Rica and No. 18 Mexico.

Ironically, the US leapfrogged No. 28 Denmark despite a 3-2 loss in Copenhagen; the US tie against Switzerland (up to No. 9), coupled with Denmark's loss to France and two positive Denmark results from 2011 no longer counting in the rankings, provided the leverage.

Andy Najar helps Honduras book place in Gold Cup with comeback playoff victory vs. French Guyana

Vivan Los Catrachos! Honduras books Gold Cup place thanks to Najar

Andy Najar, Honduras

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Honduras is headed to the 2015 Gold Cup, thanks to a little magic from a onetime MLS Homegrown star.

Former D.C. United winger Andy Najar scored twice and Anthony Lozano added a third as Honduras reversed a 3-1 first-leg deficit against French Guyana in San Pedro Sula on Sunday, notching a 3-0 second-leg win and 4-3 aggregate victory to qualify for CONCACAF's main event this summer.

Honduras vs. French Guiana | CONCACAF Gold Cup Qualifying Playoff Match Preview

#HONvGYF: Can Roger Espinoza & Honduras avoid Gold Cup embarrassment?

Roger Espinoza in action for Honduras against Israel

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Honduras vs. French Guiana
2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Playoff 2nd Leg
Sunday, March 29, 2015
Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras

French Guiana beat Honduras 3-1 in first leg of CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff

Honduras with work to do after 3-1 loss to French Guiana in Gold Cup playoff

Jerry Bengtson with Honduras

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Honduras may not be out of it yet, but they've got plenty of work to do in order to qualify for the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Central American country, in a playoff with French Guiana to determine the final entrant for this summer's Gold Cup tournament, face a must-win game in the second leg of the playoff, following a 3-1 loss in French Guiana on Wednesday.

CanMNT: Sporting Kansas City's Marcel de Jong vows Canada "will do better" in World Cup qualifying

De Jong: Canada "have to do better – we will do better" in World Cup qualifiers

Marcel de Jong with Sporting Kansas City

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Marcel de Jong knows it’s a “big year” for the Canadian national team – and he wants to be a part of it.

When the 28-year-old fullback found himself on the outs with FC Augsburg in January, he set his sights on a move to MLS. Part of his motivation was remaining in the national-team mix – so when an opportunity arose with Sporting Kansas City, de Jong jumped on it.

Gold Cup: Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope says winning 2015 tournament "a realistic goal" for Ticos

Wanchope: Winning 2015 Gold Cup "a realistic goal" for Costa Rica
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PHILADELPHIA – For Costa Rica head coach Paulo Wanchope, the sky is the limit for his talented Tico team.

The Costa Rican legend took over for former head coach Jorge Luis Pinto on an interim basis after the 2014 World Cup, and was officially named to replace him at the end of January. Under Wanchope, Costa Rica have already won one tournament, the 2014 Copa Centroamericana, and he thinks the Gold Cup could be next.

Canada head coach Benito Floro remaining pragmatic about chances at 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

Floro stays pragmatic after Canada's Gold Cup draw, but maintains his team has "hope and desire"
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PHILADELPHIA – Canadian soccer, outside of a brief, glorious run in 1986, is suffused with disappointment, especially on the men's side. That all could change in this coming summer’s Gold Cup.

Who will win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup? You decide! | POLL

Who will win the 2015 Gold Cup? You decide!

The field has been announced, the groups have been determined and the schedule has been set.

Now, there’s only one question remaining: Who will win the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup?

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