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Handicapping Gold Cup quarterfinals

Updated: June 17, 2011, 7:41 AM ET
By Jeff Carlisle | ESPN.com

The first two weeks of the Gold Cup might seem like a textbook definition of wasted energy. After all, a total of 18 games are played to eliminate four teams. But now the quarterfinals are upon us, and the real fun can begin at last.

It's a time when the margin for error shrinks to zero. If a team has a bad day like the U.S. had in the group stage against Panama, there's no opportunity to plot a recovery. The loser is left facing recriminations and questions about where ...

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