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Macias scores 2 more as Mexico downs Bermuda

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Jose Juan Macias scored on either side of halftime as Mexico dealt well with Bermuda in a 5-1 win in CONCACAF Nations League at Bermuda National Stadium on Friday.

Macias, 20, scored for the third time in two caps, while Uriel Antuna, Hirving Lozano, and Hector Herrera also scored in the win.

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It was the sixth international goal for the 22-year-old Antuna, who plays for the LA Galaxy on loan from Manchester City.

Another Premier League loanee was Bermuda’s goal scorer. Burnley’s Nakhi Wells scored a second half marker and is in his second year on loan to QPR.

Bermuda, who is coached by former Stoke City man Kyle Lightbourne, split two matches with Panama last month including a win away to Los Canaleros.

Mexico smothers Cuba 7-0 to start Gold Cup strong

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If Tata Martino envisioned a perfect start to the 2019 Gold Cup, his wildest dreams came true as Mexico dismantled Cuba 7-0 in their first group stage game of the competition. In a completely dominating 90 minutes, Mexico asserted itself as one of the premiere title contenders of the tournament.

21-year-old Uriel Antuna, on his third international cap, snagged a hat-trick while Raul Jimenez was spectacular in the attack, with a hand in each of the first four goals of the game.

The onslaught started just two minutes in via a clown show at the back for Cuba that saw three defenders completely whiff on a clearance, with the ball coming off the post as well before Antuna bundled it into the back of the net for his first of a memorable night.

Raul Jimenez came inches away from doubling the lead in the eighth minute as he put a diving header just wide right as the early slaughter continued. After the opening 15 minutes, Mexico seemed to take its foot off the gas pedal, cruising through to halftime with very little goal action but also hardly allowing Cuba to see a touch of the ball, holding 76% possession through the first half-hour.

On the 30-minute mark, however, the second goal that had been begging finally came and the storm continued. Right through the heart of the Cuba defense, Wolves star Raul Jiminez finished it off through the two center-backs and past goalkeeper Sandy Sanchez. The third came before halftime as Diego Reyes bagged his first international goal since March of 2017 as a corner swung in to Jimenez at the far post and he poked it on net. While Sanchez saved his weak effort that seemed more like a delivery, it was pushed right to Reyes on the doorstep for the poke.

Cuba couldn’t make it to halftime before conceding again, with Mexico breaking down the right via Jiminez who crossed to the middle for Roberto Alvarado. The Cuban defense tracked back to intercept the initial cross, but the rebound fell to Antuna who stepped in front of Andres Guardado and ripped his second of the game.

The second half was no different as Mexico continued to pour it on, with Jimenez adding his second past the hour mark and 21-year-old Alexis Vega bagged his first international goal with 16 minutes to go. On the 80th minute, Antuna got free down the right and finished from a tight angle for his hat-trick.

Man City loans Mexican midfielder Antuna to LA Galaxy

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CARSON, Calif. (AP) The LA Galaxy have acquired Mexican midfielder Uriel Antuna on loan from Manchester City.

The 21-year-old Antuna will occupy an international roster spot, the Galaxy announced Tuesday.

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After starting his pro career in Mexico with Santos Laguna, Antuna signed with Manchester City in 2017. The winger spent last season on loan with FC Groningen in the Netherlands, moving between the first team and the reserves.

Antuna could fill the Galaxy’s needs for speed and scoring talent on the wing under new coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto.

The five-time MLS champion Galaxy’s first preseason match is Feb. 9 against Toronto.

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