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

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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)

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.

Gold Cup Today: USMNT faces desperate Panama, Haiti looks to shock Honduras — Day 7

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The first week of Gold Cup action goes into the books later tonight with Group A already done and dusted for the United States.

Everything else is in play, though, and it could be another rough tournament finish for Honduras, which has fallen from grace in dramatic fashion.

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Haiti hopes to continue its surprise ways when it faces the Hondurans, while Panama will be a pretty desperate opponent against the U.S.


Match 13: Honduras vs. Haiti
When: Monday, 7 p.m. ET
Where:Sporting Park, Kansas City
Live updates: NBCSports.com

To recap: Haiti has been to one World Cup in its existence and missed qualifying for the Gold Cup as recently as 2011. Honduras  has made two-straight World Cups and has advanced out of the Gold Cup’s group stage in five-straight tournaments, going to the semis in four of those. But Los Catrachos have fallen on hard times since a poor World Cup in Brazil. They are 2-5-3 in 2015, including a loss to French Guiana. Jorge Luis Pinto isn’t having the same fortune he had leading Costa Rica deep into the 2014 World Cup, and he’d sure like to avoid a loss, and another pitfall for Honduras.

Match 14: USA vs. Panama
When: Monday, 9:30 p.m. ET
Where: Sporting Park, Kansas City
Live updates: NBCSports.com

Panama is in second place, but could still finish as low as fourth if it loses by more than one goal and the opening match is a tie. The States haven’t looked great, and Jurgen Klinsmann is going to tinker with his lineup knowing that even a loss won’t hurt the club (though it will have his critics up-in-arms). Panama held 1-0 leads in its matches against Honduras and Haiti before giving the advantage away, and the U.S. is on a six-game winning streak, but most of the Gold Cup so far has been scrappy, and anything can happen.