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US Beats Canada, Costa Rica Downs Cuba at CONCACAF Gold Cup

The U.S. men's soccer team has beaten Canada, 2-0, while Costa Rica downed Cuba, 3-1 in the CONCACAF Gold Cup tournament in Seattle, Washington.

In the first game, Randall Brenes scored two goals and Jafet Soto added a penalty kick goal for Costa Rica. Maykel Galindo scored Cuba's only goal in the 73rd minute.

In the late game, the U.S. men got some help from Canada's Atiba Hutchinson, who headed the ball into his own net early in the second half. Landon Donovan of the United States added the second score after heading the ball past Canada's goalkeeper in the 90th minute.

Both the United States and Costa Rica locked up quarterfinal berths with the wins. The Americans play Costa Rica on Tuesday while Canada plays Cuba in the final first round matches.

Late Friday, defending champion Mexico lost a Gold Cup game for the first time since 2002 when it fell 2-1 to South Africa. Jamaica defeated Guatemala, 4-3.

The top two teams in each of the three groups plus the two best third-placed teams advance to the quarterfinals.

Some information for this report provided by AP and AFP.