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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...

 By Tom Marshall

Is MLS the right move for Giovani dos Santos?

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.

The rumors have built into a crescendo. Giovani Dos Santos' agent has confirmed that the Los Angeles Galaxy's flirtatious glances are being reciprocated and it appears there is a realistic possibility that the 26-year-old will join MLS this summer.

It is certainly a fascinating prospect.

For MLS and the Galaxy, it really would be a no-brainer. The league benefits from getting one of Mexico's biggest-name flair players, a forward who etched his way into the consciousness of Mexican fans when...

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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Javier Hernandez injury and Honduras' tactics give Mexico plenty to ponder

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

There was little-to-no fanfare for Mexico fans on Wednesday night following a stale 0-0 draw against Honduras.

After the final whistle had blown, a chorus of jeers and whistles from the fans filled NRG stadium, undoubtedly from El Tri supporters who were justifiably angry with the result. The performance was unanticipated but it's one that Mexico fans may need to be accustomed to during the upcoming Gold Cup.

On paper, El Tri should have dominated and won the match. Despite the impressive leadership...