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Gold Cup Forecaster: Which teams are most likely to advance, win title?

Are Michael Bradley and the U.S. or Hector Herrera and Mexico the Gold Cup favorites?
Are Michael Bradley and the U.S. or Hector Herrera and Mexico the Gold Cup favorites?

The 2015 Gold Cup begins on Tuesday, with the CONCACAF title on the line for 12 countries, plus a trip to the 2017 Confederations Cup at stake.

If the United States wins their second straight Gold Cup, the U.S. would qualify directly for the Confed Cup in Russia. But if a different country wins, then a playoff will be held later this year to determine CONCACAF's representative.

The 12-team tournament features three groups of four teams. After round-robin group play, the top two teams advance to the quarterfinals, as do the two best third-place teams.

Because of the forgiving format, the top three CONCACAF teams aren't likely to have difficulty reaching the knockout stage. The United States, Costa Rica and Mexico were seeded atop the groups, and each is heavily favored to win their group. However, the title race projects to be much closer. 

Here's our Soccer Power Index-simulated forecast of every team's group and title finish odds, including team-by-team analysis. (SPI's team rankings and the ratings on which they are based stem from a regression-based algorithm designed to predict soccer matches.)

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 By Chris Wright

Messi, Santa Cruz, Cavani: Wes Morgan bags shirt haul

Jamaica may have finished bottom of their group and pointless after losing all three of their matches, but the unfancied guest nation definitely made the most of their brief run at the Copa America.

Indeed, after losing 1-0 to Argentina in their final group tie, Jamaica striker Deshorn Brown made sure to bag a once-in-a-career selfie with Lionel Messi.

However, centre-back Wes Morgan went one better in the memento stakes after the final whistle by managing to get hold of the Barcelona man's shirt.

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