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NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JULY 29:  Arnold Peralta of Honduras celebrates after the final whistle during the Men's Football first round Group D match between Spain and Honduras on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games  at St James' Park on July 29, 2012 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)
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Honduran midfielder Arnold Peralta shot to death in mall parking lot

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Arnold Peralta, Honduran international and former Rangers midfielder, was shot and killed in the parking lot of a shopping mall in Honduras today, according to multiple reports.

The incident was a drive-by shooting, according to the reports, as a gunman drove by on a motorcycle and shot Peralta at the Uniplaza mall in his hometown of La Ceiba. His death was confirmed by his father, and police were reportedly searching for one or two suspects, having ruled out robbery as a motive because his belongings were not taken.

Peralta played 31 matches for Rangers between 2013 and 2015 before being released this past January. He signed with Club Deportivo Olimpia in Honduras, where he’s made 23 appearances and guided the team to the league semifinals where they were eliminated last week.

The 28-year-old was has 24 caps for the Honduran national team, and was in the squad for the friendly match with Cuba scheduled for next week. Peralta was in the Honduran squad for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but did not make an appearance.

CONCACAF: Canada looks to go top Group A; Honduras, Mexico tangle

Canada's Cyle Larin (21) celebrates after teammate Will Johnson scored goal against Honduras  during the first half of a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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Tuesday finds the United States facing its stiffest test of the fourth round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, just one of several entertaining fixtures on the docket.

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Consider that our neighbors to the North could very well be leading Group A at the end of the evening. Canada will look to build on its 1-0 win over Honduras with a trip to El Salvador, which lost big at Mexico.

High-flying Cyle Larin and his Canadians will face a challenge from El Salvador, which picked up a 0-0 draw against them in Gold Cup this summer.

Speaking of El Tri, they have a chance to put Honduras to the sword after just two matches of the fourth round. Los Catrachos will be desperate to restore order after going down to a Cyle Larin goal, and there’s nothing more certain than Honduras getting all sorts of home-field advantage. Mexico hasn’t won at Honduras since 1993, going 5L-1D.

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Panama and Costa Rica duel for Group B supremacy in Panama City, with both sides coming off wins, while Jamaica has to hope Haiti isn’t as improved as it looked in a slim road loss to Costa Rica.

The final match sees Guatemala completing Group C’s slate against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, with both sides 0-1.

WATCH LIVE: Mexico begins gold medal defense

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:  Gold medallists Mexico celebrate during the medal ceremony for the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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CONCACAF Olympic qualifying continues in Los Angeles tonight, with reigning champions Mexico kicking off their title defense.

Mexico took home the Olympic gold medal in 2012 after defeating Brazil 2-1 in the final in London, but before El Tri can go for another gold, they must first get through CONCACAF qualifying.

The first match of the night features Honduras taking on Haiti, as Honduras will look to qualify for Rio after reaching the Olympic quarterfinals in 2012.

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Following that match, Mexico faces Costa Rica in a battle of CONCACAF heavyweights. While Mexico is the defending gold medalist, Costa Rica has not qualified for the Olympics since reaching the quarters in 2004.

Match 3 — Honduras vs. Haiti

When: 9 p.m. ET
Where: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Live Stream: NBC Universo

Match 4 — Mexico vs. Costa Rica

When: 11:30 p.m. ET
Where: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Live Stream: NBC Universo

U-17 World Cup draw results: USA in tough Group A with Chile, Nigeria, Croatia

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The draw for the 2015 U-17 World Cup was held Thursday evening in Santiago, Chile, the host nation for this year’s prestigious youth tournament.

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When the tournament kicks off on Oct. 17 (final scheduled for Nov. 8), the Americans will find themselves in yet another “group of death” — one of them, at least — where they’ll face the host nation Chile, defending U-17 World Cup champions Nigeria and perennial youth powerhouse Croatia in Group A.

Meanwhile, 2013 runners-up and the US’s bitter CONCACAF rivals, Mexico, have been handed an equally nightmarish Group C, which features European and South America powers Germany and Argentina, and Australia.

Full 2015 U-17 World Cup draw results:

Group A: Chile (hosts), Croatia, Nigeria, USA

Group B: England, Guinea, Brazil, South Korea

Group C: Australia, Germany, Mexico, Argentina

Group D: Belgium, Mali, Honduras, Ecuador

Group E: South Africa, Costa Rica, North Korea, Russia

Group F: New Zealand, France, Syria, Paraguay

The top two sides from each four-team group will advance to the round of 16, alongside the four third-place finishers with the most points won during the group stage.

Haiti 1-0 Honduras: Nazon, Placide write early end to Los Catrachos’ Gold Cup run

FOXBORO, MA - JULY 10: James Marcelin of Haiti reacts after missing a chance to score during the CONCACAF Gold Cup match between Honduras and Panama at Gillette Stadium on July 10, 2015 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Jorge Luis Pinto’s Gold Cup with Honduras ended up nothing like his World Cup run with Costa Rica.

The architect of last summer’s thrilling run through Brazil could be at the end of the line after less than a year at Honduras after Haiti bounced an uninspired Los Catrachos in group play on Monday.

Duckens Nazon was again the goal hero for Haiti, scoring in he 17th minute on a play started by the match’s defensive hero: goalkeeper Johny Placide.

Haiti now is in prime position to advance. Their 4 points will put them in Group A’s second place unless Panama beats the U.S. tonight, and should be enough to qualify for the knockout rounds as a third-place team.

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Haiti went direct to score the opener, as a long free kick from Placide was flicked forward to Nazon by Kervens Belfort, who hit a viciously-spinnning shot bounding off the turf and past a fooled Donis Escobar.

Honduras had a good chance pushed out for a corner in the 21st minute, but Placide collected Mario Martinez’s ensuing corner. Los Catrachos didn’t do much else besides that, wasteful in possession and even lazy at times.

Haiti came into the tournament ranked No. 79 in the world, one ahead of Honduras. That does not fittingly explain the relationship between the sides, as Honduras had been two consecutive World Cup in addition to its Gold Cup successes.

The favored Hondurans found some life in the second half, but Placide was up to the task with several classy saves.