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Team USA in the Gold Cup
Team USA men's soccer kicks off its Gold Cup campaign Tuesday with a match against Belize. The team has had a great deal of success at the Gold Cup, but hasn't won since 2007, losing to Mexico in the final of both the 2009 and 2011 tournament. With Landon Donovan making his return and the team playing well in World Cup qualifying, this might be the year that the trophy returns to the United States.
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Team USA wins three straight
It's now three straight wins for the U.S. men's soccer team in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Team USA has been solid on both sides of the ball, only allowing one goal in wins over Jamaica, Panama and Honduras, a team who defeated the U.S. 2-1 in February. Has their recent win streak piqued your interest in men's soccer?
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USA beats Panama
Team USA men's soccer winning a World Cup qualifier at home isn't a huge surprise, but the way it won against Panama on Tuesday night has fans buzzing. Imaginative attacks, great first touches, clever distribution, even a huge crowd of passionate fans -- the team looked an awful lot like what Jurgen Klinsmann promised it would when he took over as head coach. The World Cup is still a year out, but if the team keeps this up, it might end up making a deeper run than anyone thought possible.
Sir Alex Ferguson chose a good year to retire, as his Manchester United squad ended up winning their 13th Premier League title -- which also happens to be Ferguson's 13th with the club. The club made good use of striker Robin van Persie's league-leading 25 goals, but he wasn't the only one to excel this year. Despite a controversial season, Luis Suarez was a force for Liverpool, and Gareth Bale came into his own at Tottenham Hotspur. Juan Mata's vision led to bunches of Chelsea goals, while Everton's Leighton Baines might have been the league's best defender. Regardless, the league's power structure seems to be oriented toward Manchester United once again.
Player of the year?
Robin van Persie and Manchester United managed to hold off all comers, but does he deserve the honor of best player?
Man U's strengths?
This year's title was the 20th overall for Manchester United, undoubtedly aided by an 18-match unbeaten streak.
Luis Suarez had a bit of a rocky season with Liverpool -- he scored 23 goals but was banned for 10 matches after a biting incident.
Is Ferguson tops?
Manchester United undoubtedly will miss their iconic manager, who has retired -- did he do a better job with his collection of stars than anyone else?