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Gold Cup Forecaster: Group, title projections

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

United States beat Guatemala 4-0 ahead of next week's Gold Cup opener

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Jozy Altidore and DeAndre Yedlin celebrate after the team opened the scoring in a friendly win over Guatemala.

The United States men's national team beat Guatemala 4-0 in their final exhibition match ahead of the 2015 Gold Cup, with Timmy Chandler's second-half goal from distance and a Panenka penalty kick from Clint Dempsey highlighting the match for the team.

Before that, DeAndre Yedlin's cross in the 18th minute was headed in by Honduras defender Carlos Castrillo for an own goal to give the Americans an early 1-0 lead.

The U.S. pressed forward with some sharp one- and two-touch passing to keep the Guatemalans...

 By Jason Davis

U.S. beat Guatemala as Zardes, Yedlin, Bradley shine, while others struggle

The United States cruised to a 4-0 win over Guatemala at Nissan Stadium ahead of their Gold Cup opener July 7th.

In the end, the win was a comfortable one for the Americans in Nashville. The 4-0 victory over Guatemala looks good on paper, but wasn't nearly as easy as the scoreline might indicate. A few strong performances stand out from a mostly average game across the rest of the field.

Klinsmann used all six of his substitutions, giving him plenty to evaluate ahead of Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.

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Gold Cup Forecaster: Which teams are most likely to advance, win title?

Are Michael Bradley and the U.S. or Hector Herrera and Mexico the Gold Cup favorites?
Are Michael Bradley and the U.S. or Hector Herrera and Mexico the Gold Cup favorites?

The 2015 Gold Cup begins on Tuesday, with the CONCACAF title on the line for 12 countries, plus a trip to the 2017 Confederations Cup at stake.

If the United States wins their second straight Gold Cup, the U.S. would qualify directly for the Confed Cup in Russia. But if a different country wins, then a playoff will be held later this year to determine CONCACAF's representative.

The 12-team tournament features three groups of four teams. After round-robin group play, the top two teams advance to the quarterfinals, as do the two best third-place teams.

Because of the forgiving format, the top three CONCACAF teams aren't likely to have difficulty reaching the knockout stage. The United States, Costa Rica and Mexico were seeded atop the groups, and each is heavily favored to win their group. However, the title race projects to be much closer. 

Here's our Soccer Power Index-simulated forecast of every team's group and title finish odds, including team-by-team analysis. (SPI's team rankings and the ratings on which they are based stem from a regression-based algorithm designed to predict soccer matches.)

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