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Gold Cup Trivia


Think you know your U.S. Soccer trivia? Well... try us. We'll see how far back your knowledge of Team USA and U.S. Soccer extends. And who the heck is Jack Marshall? Even the trivia buffs in the U.S. Soccer Communications Department would be hard pressed to tell you that one Jack Marshall received his one and only cap way back in 1926. Okay, that was pretty much impossible. They get easier. We give you four questions each month, 1 to 4, easy to hard.

Answer #1 correctly, and you've momentarily proven to us that you may, in fact, actually know what CONCACAF stands for.
Answer #2 correctly, and you live in either Pasadena or Miami.
Answer #3 correctly, and you were one of the MVPs in question.
If you answered #4 correctly, you could only be CONCACAF Director of Communications Rick Lawes.

With Korea/Japan invitees the USA, Mexico and Costa Rica starting their World Cup preparations this month as the 20-game, 12-team tournament takes place in Miami and Los Angeles, this month's trivia has to do with history of the bi-annual CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Questions:
Q1
(Difficulty level 1 of 4): Who is the defending Gold Cup champion?
Q2 (2 of 4): Since the tournament made its debut in 1991, which countries have won a Gold Cup title?
Q3 (3 of 4): Who are the only two Americans to have won MVP honors at the Gold Cup?
Q4 (4 of 4): What is the current U.S. MNT winning streak in Gold Cup first round competition?

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Answers:
A1:
Canada, who surprised all to claim the 2000 title in a 2-0 win over Colombia at the L.A. Coliseum.
A2: Mexico (3): in 1993, 1996 and 1998; USA (1): in 1991; Canada (1) in 2000.
A3: Goalkeepers Tony Meola (1991) and Kasey Keller (1998).
A4: The Americans have won 12 consecutive first round games (most by any team in tournament history), while outscoring their opponents 26-7.  The winning streak includes seven shutouts, seven one-goal victories and three come-from-behind wins.

 

Table of Contents
1) Armchair Midfielder (U.S. Soccer's Chevy 2001 Athletes of the Year)
2) Word Association (w/ MNT forward Ante Razov)
3) D.J. for a Day (w/ U-17 MNT forward Corey Ashe)
4) Queries and Anecdotes (w/ WNT defender Kate Sobrero)
5) Big Woman on Campus (w/ U-21 WNT forward Christie Welsh)
6) Superstar!!! (w/ MNT midfielder Earnie Stewart)
7) Mark That Calendar (WNT vs. Mexico - Jan. 12)
8) From the Bleachers (w/ frequent-flying U.S. Soccer fan Andy Mead)
9) "You Don't Know Jack (Marshall)" (Gold Cup trivia)

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