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Mexico and USA set to star as CONCACAF region gears up for Gold Cup kick off

The United States and Mexico are gearing up for the start of the much-anticipated CONCACAF Gold Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

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The first game of the tournament sees Panama play Haiti at the Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas, at 7pm EDT / midnight BST. The USA vs Honduras kicks off in the same stadium directly after.

Mexico’s tournament starts on Thursday evening when they play outsiders Cuba in Chicago.

The bookmakers have made Mexico the slight favourites for the titles with odds of 5/4. The US are priced at 13/8 and Costa Rica at 6/1. Cuba are considered the least favourites at 500/1.

Mexico are the competition’s most successful side, having taken the title six times since the first edition of the competition in 1991. The US have five titles, with Canada (one title) the only other side to take the trophy home.

Mexico go into the tournament on the back of a dismal run of form – they’ve not won in seven outings since the beat Guatemala 3-0 in a friendly in late May.

The final is on the 26th July in Philadelphia.

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