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Dempsey Wins Golden Boot, Guzan Wins Golden Glove at 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup

CHICAGO (July 27, 2015) – U.S. Men’s National Team forward Clint Dempsey won the Golden Boot and goalkeeper Brad Guzan won the Golden Glove at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.

The Golden Boot is awarded to the player who scores the most goals in the tournament. Dempsey tallied seven for the U.S., the most scored by an American player in a single Gold Cup in the 13 editions of the tournament. Dempsey has scored 12 Gold Cup goals in his career, tying him for the second most on the regional tournament’s all-time list with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alvarez. The pair trail only Landon Donovan’s 18 Gold Cup goals.

The Golden Glove award is given to the tournament's top goalkeeper. Guzan marshaled the USA backline to a pair of clean sheets, against Haiti in the group stage and Cuba in the quarterfinal. In six Gold Cup matches with Guzan between the posts, the U.S. surrendered only five goals. The only previous USA goalkeeper to win a Gold Glove award at a senior international tournament is Tim Howard, who claimed the honor at the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. 

MNT Falls To Panama on PKs in 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place Match

CHESTER, Pennsylvania (July 22, 2015) – The U.S. Men’s National Team was defeated by Panama 3-2 in penalty kicks in the Gold Cup Third Place match Saturday afternoon at PPL Park. 

Trailing 1-0 at the tail end of the second half, substitutes DeAndre Yedlin and Clint Dempsey combined to level the match, 1-1. 

As the clock continued ticked away, both sides attacked and generated chances, but none found the back of the net, and after an additional 30 minutes of extra time, the match was off to penalty kicks. 

In PKs, the U.S. converted its two opening penalties, but then saw a miss and two consecutive saves by Panama ‘keeper Luis Mejia, which made Harold Cummings’s conversion in the fourth round the winning kick. With the result, the MNT finished fourth at the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

Later this year, the MNT will face the winner of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup – either Jamaica or Mexico – in a one-game playoff for a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The playoff pits the winner of the 2013 and 2015 Gold Cups against one another for a spot at the tournament in Russia the year before the World Cup. The USA last featured at the Confederations Cup in 2009 when the team beat then No. 1-ranked Spain and advanced to the Final against Brazil. 

Goal Scoring Rundown:
PAN– Roberto Nurse (Ronaldo Blackburn) 55th minute: Roberto Blackburn slipped a pass up to Nurse, who attacked U.S. defenders Tim Ream and John Brooks and pushed into the box. Nurse sidestepped Brooks, freeing himself to curl a shot around Guzan and into the net for the game’s first goal. USA 0, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL) 

USA – Clint Dempsey (DeAndre Yedlin) 70th minute:  Michael Bradley looped a long ball to Yedlin, who chested it down in the box, took a turn and sent it across to Dempsey on a late run. The defense and goalkeeper had collapsed on Yedlin, which freed Dempsey to bury his seventh goal of the tournament to level the game. USA 1, PAN 1 (SEE GOAL)

Penalty Shootout:
USA-Aron Johansson: Johansson sent the first shot right down Broadway and in for a score. USA 1, PAN 0
PAN-Roman Torres: Torres responded with a well struck goal into the top right corner. USA 1, PAN 1
USA-Clint Dempsey: In what was signature style for the month of July, having already chipped two goalies on PK’s, Dempsey did so again to put the U.S. ahead. USA 2, PAN 1
PAN-Abdiel Arroyo: Arroyo stutter stepped and blasted a shot low and hard by a diving Guzan. USA 2, PAN 2
USA-Fabian Johnson: Johnson came up third for the U.S. and sent his kick over the crossbar. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Armando Cooper: Cooper rolled his attempt and Guzan dove to his left and corralled it to keep the shootout level. USA, 2, PAN 2
USA-Michael Bradley: The U.S. captain sent a shot hard to the left, but Mejia guessed right for Panama and deflected it away. USA 2, PAN 2
PAN-Harold Cummings: Cummings sent a shot to the left, Guzan dove and got a hand to it, but the ball powered into the net. USA 2, PAN 3
USA-DaMarcus Beasley: Beasley blasted a shot toward the right side of the goal, but Mejia was headed that way, and he made a diving save to end the game in Panama’s favor. USA 2, PAN 3 (FINAL)

Key Saves and Defensive Stops:
USA – Time Ream 36th minute: Armando Cooper intercepted an errant MNT pass and countered with pace down the center of the field. He attacked the box, beat a defender and then slid a shot past Brad Guzan towards the back post. Fortunately for the U.S., Tim Ream was there, booting the ball off the goal line and out of bounds for a corner kick.

USA – Fabian Johnson 54 minute: From a corner kick, Panama sent a ball in that forward Ronaldo Blackburn headed sharply at goal. Fabian Johnson was there to clear it off the goal line to safety.

USA – Brad Guzan (save) 81st minute: A Panama cross from the outside on the left found the head of Ronaldo Blackburn, who directed it firmly toward the back post. Brad Guzan fully extended and just reached the ball with his left hand, pawing it down before taking another dive to smother it.

USA– Brad Guzan (save) 108st minute: Roberto Nurse was freed on the left side for an attack at goal. As he wound up and fired off a shot, DeAndre Yedlin slid in and deflected it. The Ball continued to spin at goal, but Guzan was ready for it and knocked it away on a dive.

Coming up Next: #USAvPER
Location: RFK Stadium – Washington D.C.
Date: September 4, 2015
Opponent: Peru 

Milestone Watch:

  • Clint Dempsey’s game-tying goal was his seventh of the competition, which is the most-ever by an American player in a single Gold Cup tournament.
  • Dempsey’s 12 Gold Cup goals tie him with Mexico’s Luis Roberto Alves for second on the tournament’s all-time list behind only Landon Donovan (18).

Additional Notes:

  • U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann made six changes to his starting XI from the team that began Wednesday’s Semifinal against Jamaica: Timmy Chandler, Omar Gonzalez, Tim Ream, Graham Zusi, Joe Corona and Chris Wondolowski all came into the lineup.
  • Corona earned his first start of the tournament. 
  • Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley were the only two U.S. players to start all six matches of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
  • The match was the U.S. MNT’s third in a Gold Cup third place match and marked the first time the team had not won the game (2-1-0)
  • The U.S. MNT record against Panama dropped to 12-1-4 (5-1-3 in Gold Cup games)
  • The MNT is now 3-2-3 all-time in matches in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Behind The Crest: Ep. 6 - #USMNT at the Gold Cup

After a tough loss in the semifinal, the U.S. Men’s National Team heads to Philadelphia looking to close out the Gold Cup with a positive performance in Panama. Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Bradley look ahead to the match and the next steps for the team beyond the tournament.

MNT Looks Ahead

Playing in Saturday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Third Place match isn’t what U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann or any of his 23-man roster envisioned they’d be preparing for at this point.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley admitted that coming to terms with Wednesday’s 2-1 semifinal defeat to Jamaica will take some time.

“That part is never easy,” he told ussoccer.com. “When you have a goal and everything goes into that for a few weeks and when that ends, there’s disappointment, frustration -- there’s sadness. There’s a need for everybody to take some time and digest it and sift through it all. In some ways that’s something that’s not going to end in the next few hours or even before the game starts tomorrow.”

The U.S. now looks to October 9 and the playoff to determine CONCACAF’s representative in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, facing the winner of Sunday’s final. The game against Panama now becomes the first in preparation for that huge match, along with big international friendlies against Peru and Brazil scheduled for early September.

“Any time you’re with the national team, it’s a chance to continue to build on the work you’ve previously done,” Guzan told ussoccer.com. “You want to continue to push forward and there aren’t many opportunities to get together as a National Team before that playoff. Everyday we’re together, including tomorrow, it’s a chance for us to get better as a team and push forward, make sure we’re on the same page and show our appreciation for the fans. We do that by putting together a good performance and a good result.”

Winning the playoff not only crowns the de facto giant of the region, a place in the Confederations Cup provides the participants a massive opportunity to get a dry run in Russia a year before the World Cup.

“The Confederations Cup is something that means a lot to us and regardless of who that game is against, we’ll be ready to give everything we can to take care of business and find a way to get ourselves there. After that, November will come quick and World Cup qualifying begins.”

Though one of the team’s main goals wasn’t accomplished, U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann still feels his team has made strides in 2015, defeating world champions Germany and World Cup semifinalists Holland, as well as bringing along a young group of players that will no doubt play a part in the team’s bid to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

 “I think this year after the 2014 World Cup has been very, very useful,” said the U.S. boss. “We played highly competitive friendlies overseas. We did well in some -- others we lost. We brought younger players into the program that are already locked into the inner group of the National Team, like Ventura Alvarado, like John Brooks who seem to be growing, like Gyasi Zardes who is really impressing and getting stronger and stronger.”

Specific to 22-year-old center backs Alvarado and Brooks, the pair gained valuable experience playing together in seven matches over the course of this year already. Overall, the MNT went 4-1-2 with the pair on the field together, the lone loss coming in Wednesday’s semifinal.

Klinsmann indicated that the criticism the young defenders have faced after the defeat isn’t surprising, but the growth and adversity the two have gone through so far in 2015 will only help going forward.

“I’m absolutely not negative about certain players that maybe now have some of the heat on. If you look at our young center backs, there’s enormous talent that is growing through. We’re going to help them. If I look just at Ventura and John Brooks, I think they played together in seven games and we only lost this one just a few days ago. They were on the field against Germany and Holland. They have to go through this pain, we’re going to go through pain here and there -- do a step back here and there. It’s part of their growth and if there’s a moment to criticize, that’s fine.”

Before players go back to their clubs for regular season games or preseason preparation, they hold the additional goal of finishing on a high note for the fans that have provided tremendous support throughout the tournament.

“We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our fans, to step on the field tomorrow and give everything we have to play well, be sharp and to win and give everybody that walks into that stadium a good show,” Klinsmann said. “We’ll have a group of guys that will be ready to do that.”

#USAvJAM Postgame Quote Sheet

U.S. Men’s National Team vs. Jamaica
Gold Cup Semifinal
Georgia Dome - Atlanta, Ga.
Post-Game Quote Sheet

U.S. MNT Head Coach JURGEN KLINSMANN

On his thoughts on the match:
“Obviously the team is disappointed, the fans are disappointed because you wanted to play the big final on Sunday in Philadelphia. It was a very, very good performance. I really told them at halftime as well, ‘Just keep playing like that, you’re going to get opportunities and sooner or later you’re going to put them in the net and we’re going to turn this game around.’ We lost this game with two set pieces that we conceded. It’s as simple as that. We had enough chances to put three, four, five in there. We didn’t do that, and that’s why at the end of the day we lost it. That’s unfortunate, but it’s reality. Congratulations to Jamaica being in the final, and we have to swallow that pill.”

On similarities with the team’s previous loss to Jamaica in 2012:
“I’m not comparing the games in the past. It’s similar to a couple years ago with two set pieces when they scored two goals in Kingston. They won that game with two free kicks. Today was a throw-in and a free kick and they come away as the winning team. Compliment to them and they come away as the winning side, but I cannot complain about the performance of the team. They gave everything. They kept pushing, pushing, pushing and we had enough chances at the end of the day to score the goals we needed in order to get to the final and we didn’t do that. That’s maybe the only point where you can see we were missing today.”

On a change in the pace of the match after the first 15 minutes:
“You cannot go that tempo for all 90 minutes that the guys went. They kept really pushing. They kept going until the very end. Defensively Jamaica did a very good job. It’s a very physical team, they know how to interrupt the game and slow the game down.”

On whether he regrets sticking with young center backs John Brooks and Ventura Alvarado:
“I don’t regret it, not at all. On that header there, John came up a little too late, but he played an excellent game, and Ventura too. Now we have a couple of very, very good center backs that we keep building. They keep progressing and they will have a very intense competition between each other and going into the future. There’s no reason to criticize them for the game, actually the opposite. They were all over the place, they did their job and we came up short at the end of the day.”

On the play of his young center backs Ventura Alvarado and John Brooks:
“Planning ahead towards 2018 wasn’t the factor. Right now, the fact is they deserve to play these games. They deserve to play the Gold Cup. We’ve had to raise the competition with some center backs and some outside backs. We want to see that competition going on and it’ll just get better over the next couple of years. That’s not a problem at all.

“We had enough chances to put this game away. The luck was not with us maybe, but also we were not clinical enough. Effort-wise, rhythm-wise, passing combinations – everything was there. There was a lot of good stuff that we saw. At the end of the day, it’s the goals that matter.”

On Olympic qualifying in the fall and preparations for the Confederations Cup playoff:
“As far as I know, it goes parallel with that time in October the Olympic qualifiers and our playoff then for the Confederations Cup. We’ll figure that out, but if you look at the youngsters like DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks, there are some other kids in there that I would love to have for the senior level. We’ll figure that one out.”

On what comes next:
“Finishing off in style Saturday in front of our fans, being third then and doing that with the right attitude and right approach. You owe that to fans and the tournament. Swallowing that pill, it’s not nice to swallow, but it is what it is, you can’t change that anymore. Then we keep building, we keep progressing, we keep working hard in order to go towards World Cup qualifying by the end of the year and it starts all over again.”

On the play of Aron Johannsson in the Gold Cup:
“We need to see the strikers. We need to have them play those games and we need them to kind of prove a point every time they come into camp. They’re trying to do that in training and they’re trying to do that in the games as well. I think Aron made another step forward in this tournament, with the group and also within ranking of the team. He was a bit unlucky today with the rebound on the free kick from Fabian Johnson. If that one goes in, it might become the game-winner. This is part of our job as coaches, to bring them along, to help them in that process, to also help them in their club environment whenever we can in order to get them ready for the next level.”

U.S. MNT captain MICHAEL BRADLEY

On tonight’s game:
“Coming in we knew it was going to be a difficult game. Going down 2-0 in the first half makes it even more difficult. The response after halftime was good to try and get back into it, but unfortunately we couldn’t find an equalizer.”

On what Jamaica did to cause problems for the U.S. tonight:
“These games are never easy, like I said. Teams are committed to defending and closing down space, and obviously when you give away two goals off set pieces the task becomes even harder.”

On the team and the chances it had to win:
“The response was good. Again, it’s a difficult game at the start and then going down makes it very, very difficult.”

On turning the page and moving on from the loss:
“That’s life. There’s no choice but to move ourselves forward. Obviously it’s a disappointment right now, that’s normal, but we’ll be back at it. There’s no other way to go.”

U.S. MNT goalkeeper BRAD GUZAN

On what went wrong:
“I think from our point of view we obviously conceded two set piece goals and that left us a bit disappointed, but in saying that we had chances. We had quite a few chances, and on another day, maybe two or three of those go in and its happy days, but obviously that wasn’t the case tonight and that’s soccer.”

On how the team moves on from the loss:
“It’s obviously a disappointing loss. All the boys are upset, especially because we played some of our best football this game. We combined really well. We created chances we got forward, but ultimately just putting the ball in the back of the net just wasn’t to be tonight. It’s disappointing, but we’ll pick ourselves up. It doesn’t make us a bad team. It doesn’t erase a lot of the good stuff we’ve done. Just as when we beat Holland and Germany, a single game doesn’t define us. It’s a loss in a tournament that was very important for us, but now we’ve got to pick ourselves up and make sure we’re ready for the playoff.”

On Saturday’s third place game:
“We want to finish on a high. We want to make sure that we go in and put together a good performance and finish this Gold Cup on a win.”

On stepping over the line with the ball:
“Listen. In all my years as a professional, I’ve never seen that call. I’ve seen a still image of it. It may be an inch or two over the line, but for a linesman to make that decision I think he’s got to be at the top of the 18-yard-box and he’s probably about two or three yards behind it. Those decisions sometimes don’t go in your favor and in your way, but it’s a free kick and you’ve got to defend it and he hit it well.”

 

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Guzan has exemplified the long lineage of quality U.S. goalkeepers, demonstrating an ability to rise to the occasion in big matches and looks comfortable as he seeks the No. 1 role. The Chicago-area native stepped up in 2013 for the MNT when he filled in for an injured Tim Howard and posted back-to-back shutouts during FIFA World Cup Qualifying, including the historic 0-0 draw in Mexico City. Guzan went abroad in 2008 when he transferred to the Premier League’s Aston Villa, where he was voted the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and Aston Villa supporters.

Career highlights:

  • Included on the 23-man roster for the 2014 FIFA World Cup
  • In 2013, earned back-to-back clean sheets in FIFA World Cup Qualifying – a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica on March 22 in the Snow Clasico, followed by a 0-0 draw on March 26 against Mexico at Estadio Azteca
  • Served as backup at the 2010 FIFA World Cup
  • Wore the captain’s armband and presided over the USA’s 1-0 victory against South Africa in the 2010 Nelson Mandela Challenge
  • Recorded a shutout in the 3-0 victory against Egypt that helped provide the U.S. the margin needed to advance to the semifinals of the 2009 Confederations Cup
  • Posted three shutouts at the 3-1-1 record in 2010 World Cup qualifying
  • Saved four penalties in one match on Oct. 27, 2009, for Aston Villa, one in regulation time and three more in a penalty shoot-out win against Sunderland in the Round of 16 of the League Cup
  • Named Aston Villa Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season
  • The 2007 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year and also a member of the year’s MLS Best XI, he was in the net for the majority of Chivas USA’s Western Conference championship season

2015: Named to the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup roster... Made Gold Cup debut during opening round in 2-1 win over Honduras on July 7...  Has played and started four games for the MNT this season... Earned his 10th career shutout against Guatemala on July 3, putting him in a tie with Arnie Mausser for fifth on the U.S. MNT's all-time list... 2014: Earned a spot on his second-consecutive World Cup roster … Made four appearances, including three as a starter … Played the second half of the USA’s 2-1 against Turkey in the second match of the Send-Off Series … Split the spoils of the 1-0 shutout against Czech Republic on Sept. 3 in Prague … 2013: Made four appearances and posted a 2-1-1 record and two clean sheets … Earned a 1-0 victory against Costa Rica in the infamous Snow Clasico World Cup qualifier on March 22 in Commerce City, Colo. … Was named Budweiser Man of the Match for his three-save performance as the USA earned a scoreless draw against Mexico on March 26 in World Cup qualifying at Estadio Azteca … 2012: Called into camp by Jurgen Klinsmann in February … Appeared in goal to preserve a 5-1 win against Scotland on May 26 … 2010: Served as Tim Howard’s deputy at the 2010 FIFA World Cup … He made the most of his three appearances, twice earning ussoccer.com Man of the Match honors … The first came in his impressive 45 minutes in the 2-0 loss to Brazil on Aug. 10 … Guzan wore the captain’s armband for the first time and led a young U.S. squad to a 1-0 victory against South Africa on Nov. 17 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge … 2009: Made four starts … Played in the USA’s 2-2 draw in qualifying on March 28 in El Salvador … Faced nine shots in posting the shutout that earned the U.S. a 3-0 victory against Egypt on June 21 in Rustenburg and second place in Group B of the Confederations Cup … Started the USA’s final two matches of the year, the friendlies in Slovakia and Denmark … 2008: Featured in seven games, a career best … Started five games, with his substitute appearances coming against England at Wembley Stadium and Spain in Santander … Featured heavily in World Cup qualifying, posting clean sheets in both matches of the second round against Barbados as well as the final semifinal round group match, a 2-0 win against Guatemala on Nov. 19 in Commerce City, Colo. … Also started in the USA’s 2-1 loss in Trinidad & Tobago on Oct. 15 in Port of Spain ... 2007: Played the second half of both the USA’s 1-0 victories against Switzerland and South Africa in the fall … A member of the team which competed in the 2007 Copa America tournament … Made one appearance in Venezuela, starting the final group stage game against Colombia … Provided one of the highlights of the tournament when he saved a penalty kick during that game … Also a member of the 2007 Gold Cup winning team, though he didn’t make any appearances in the competition … 2006: Made his first appearance for the United States in goal during a friendly against Guatemala in February … Became the youngest to start in goal on his national team debut since Brad Friedel 14 years earlier … Earned a shutout en route to a 4-0 U.S. victory … Under-23s: Featured in all three games during the 2008 Olympics as an overage player, turning in a memorable effort against Nigeria and keeping a clean sheet in the opening match against Japan … First Appearance: Feb. 19, 2006, vs. Guatemala … First Shutout: June 15, 2008, vs. Barbados.


2014: Finished the 2013-14 campaign as the starter of every Premier League match, playing 38 matches while recording nine shutouts … 2013: Was named the 2012-13 Aston Villa Player of the Year by both the players and team supporters … In July, signed a four-year contract extension with Aston Villa … Assisted the game-winning goal and made five saves during Aston Villa’s 3-2 victory against Manchester City on Sept. 28 … 2012: Notched a clean sheet and made five saves in Aston Villa’s first win of the season in the form of a 2-0 win against Swansea City on Sept. 15 …Picked up six saves and another clean sheet in a scoreless draw against Arsenal on Nov. 24 … 2011: Made 16 appearances while on loan to Hull City, helping the squad to finish in the middle of the table at 11th place … Guzan’s first match in goal for Hull City resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Leicester City on Jan. but Guzan helped his new club to a nine-match unbeaten streak with the American in goal ... Overall, Hull City posted a record of 7-4-5 in Guzan’s 16 appearances … 2010: Continued to serve as Brad Friedel’s deputy in league play … Started both of Villa’s matches against Rapid Vienna in Europa League qualifying on Aug. 19 and Aug. 26 … Started in the 3-1 victory against Blackburn on Sept. 22 in the third round of the Carling Cup … 2009-10: Finished the 2009-10 campaign with 10 appearances and a 1.20 goals against average in Cup competitions and Europa League action … Went the distance in both Europa League matches against Rapid Vienna, posting a 1-0 loss away and a 2-1 win in the return leg at Villa Park … Helped Villa to the Carling Cup final by posting a 1-0 shutout victory on Jan. 14 in the first leg of the semifinal and getting the win a wild 6-4 victory six days later ... Played in three other Carling Cup fixtures, collecting three victories and two shutouts, including a 4-2 win against Portsmouth on Nov. 30 in the quarterfinal … Saved four penalties in one match, one in normal time and three more in a penalty shootout win against Sunderland on Oct. 27 at the Stadium of Light in the fourth round of the Carling Cup … Led the team to the title in the 2009 Peace Cup, with victories against Atlante, Porto and in the final against Juventus … 2008-09: Moved to Aston Villa prior to the start of the season … Finished the season with eight appearances, including five in the UEFA Cup … His lone appearance in the EPL came when he entered in the 63rd minute of a 5-0 loss on March 27 at Liverpool, surrendering one goal … Backed up Brad Friedel for Premier League games and featured on the substitutes’ bench for the majority of Aston Villa games in the second half of the year … 2008: Featured in 15 matches with Chivas USA before signing for Aston Villa on July 11 for a fee of around $1.2 million ... 2007: Named MLS Goalkeeper of the Year after sporting a league-best 0.93 GAA over the course of the season … Made 27 appearances for Chivas, anchoring a backline that was the stingiest in the league … Helped the Los Angeles club to its first ever Western Conference Championship … 2006: In his second year minding the nets for Chivas, he struggled with injury and was scratched from the starting lineup for much of the season … Eventually, he regained his starting spot and went on to make 13 appearances for Chivas USA … Under Bob Bradley, he started for Chivas in both of the team’s Western Conference playoff games, marking the first time in history the franchise had competed in the MLS postseason … 2005: As a 20-year-old, he became Chivas’ first-ever draft pick and the highest goalkeeper ever selected in the MLS SuperDraft at the time … Went on to feature in 24 games for Chivas.

College:

Played two years at South Carolina, captaining the team in his sophomore season and earning All-American honors … Was a starter as a freshman, and featured in every single match posting a .96 GAA … 

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