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Arjen Robben fall haunts El Tri

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico 'obligated to win' Gold Cup but campaign will be unpredictable

With Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez's recent injury against Honduras, the ESPN FC panel debate whether or not Mexico even need him at the Gold Cup.

CHICAGO -- "Obligated to win." El Tri coach Miguel Herrera's turn of phrase -- repeated since the start of the year -- sums up Mexico's mission at the Gold Cup. It is black and white and leaves no room for excuses or U-turns after the event.

Bring back the cup, or else. It's almost threatening. And when you look at the historically tenuous nature of Mexico's head coach position, it is no stretch to suggest Herrera's job may well be under consideration if El Tri doesn't lift the trophy on July 26...

CONCACAF Gold Cup predictions -- can the U.S. retain the trophy?

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner predicts United States to win the Gold Cup, especially with some injuries some rivals have to deal with.
USMNT's captain Michael Bradley, Greg Garza, and Omar Gonzalez speak ahead of their Gold Cup opening match against Honduras.
USMNT's Michael Bradley and Greg Garza react to Bradley being named captain for the 2015 Gold Cup.

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup set to kick off, ESPN FC writers Jeff Carlisle, Doug McIntyre, Jason Davis, Tom Marshall, Cesar Hernandez and Andrea Canales make their tournament predictions. 

Who will win the Gold Cup?

Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle): United States

McIntyre (@DougMacESPN): United States

Davis (@davisjsn): United States

Marshall (@MexicoWorldCup): United States

Hernandez (@cesarhfutbol)Mexico

Canales (@SoccerCanales): Costa Rica

What do you think?

Who will be the runner-up?

Carlisle: Mexico


In Gold Cup opener, Mexico must be wary of Cuba danger

Yenier Marquez and Cuba hope to repeat their surprising success from the 2013 Gold Cup and reach the knockout stages again.

On paper, Mexico should have no trouble against Cuba this Thursday in its opening match of the 2015 Gold Cup. The Leones del Caribe have recently fallen out of the early stages of the 2018 World Cup qualifying competition and also lost 4-1 to the New York Cosmos in a friendly last month. Going into the Gold Cup, the Cubans also find themselves as the likely candidates to finish in last place of Group C.

While Mexico has had its own share of recent struggles, it's difficult to imagine that arguably...

 By Tom Marshall

Bora Milutinovic favors U.S. over Mexico for Gold Cup trophy

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner predicts United States to win the Gold Cup, especially with some injuries some rivals have to deal with.

As a former head coach of Mexico, the United States, Honduras, Costa Rica and Jamaica, Bora Milutinovic understands the complexities of the CONCACAF region and its forces at work better than most. And with the Gold Cup getting underway on Tuesday, the experienced tactician is picking the hosts as slight favorites to lift the trophy on July 26 in Philadelphia.

"The logical favorites are the United States because they play at home and because they are looking for revenge for the game they lost in...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lionel Messi and Argentina, Gold Cup favourites, Lampard and Gerrard

Lionel Messi will have to wait at least another year to lift an international trophy with Argentina.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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Saturday's Copa America final loss to Chile marked the second time in a year Lionel Messi has come up short in a major tournament with Argentina. With another Copa scheduled, but not guaranteed, for next year and a World Cup three long years away, is the Barca legend doomed to finish his Albiceleste career...

Vela, Dos Santos and Peralta can lead Mexico's attack without Chicharito

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses Mexico's 0-0 draw with Honduras and the injury of Mexico striker Javier Hernandez.

That broken clavicle Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez sustained in the friendly match against Honduras on July 1 doesn't mean that Mexico is doomed in the upcoming Gold Cup, even though he will be missed.

With striking options like Carlos Vela, Oribe Peralta and Giovani Dos Santos available, expectations are still high for El Tri and the team still has a solid shot at claiming the title.

Vela is arguably Mexico's best player, even though he is participating in his first competitive action for the...