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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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WATCH LIVE: Mexico begins gold medal defense

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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.