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July 16, 2013 at 8:42 AM

U.S. wraps up Gold Cup group stage against Costa Rica (Tuesday links)

US Centennial shield-01-1.jpgThe U.S. men’s national team has already clinched a quarterfinal berth in the CONCACAF Gold Cup, but first comes the group-stage finale against Costa Rica tonight at 5 p.m.

Remember, after this game coach Jurgen Klinsmann can make four changes to the roster, possibly adding Sounders FC’s Eddie Johnson or Brad Evans for the knockout rounds. That would seem like a hard blow to an injury-ravaged team, but it’s something to keep an eye on.

Costa Rica has already qualified to the next round, too, along with Panama, Mexico, Honduras, Trinidad & Tobago and El Salvador. Martinique (1-2-0) is in the mix for the final spot, but the Cuba-Belize winner tonight (both 0-2) could advance, as well.

Here are some U.S. notes, including mention of a federation-best seven-game winning streak.

Let’s get to some other links:

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— Readers have spoken and it looks like Sounders FC’s midseason grade is a C-. Sounds about right to me.

— Did you see Earthquakes defender Dan Gargan had a couple Twitter blasts after the Seattle win?

— Around MLS, Montreal denied rumors of a coaching change, here is a Q&A with Timbers’ executive Gavin Wilkinson, and it sounds like David Beckham will be unveiling his expansion plans soon.

— Here is a look back at the last week in NWSL action, and The Equalizer breaks down the league’s attendance.

— This is a fun story on the increase in soccer coverage.

— Lastly, there are some pretty good nominees for MLS Goal of the Week…

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