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International Roundup: Gold Cup continues with plenty of RSL interest

The CONCACAF Gold Cup is in full swing and Wednesday night featured two teams with Real Salt Lake ties squaring off in Group B as Alvaro Saborio’s Costa Rica took on Demar Phillips and Jamaica.  The RSL teammates didn’t meet on the field, though, as Phillips is still nursing an injury suffered in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Orlando City, and a back-and-forth game ended in a 2-2 draw.

Saborio played the final 31 minutes and took two shots, but couldn’t impact the outcome and Costa Rica and Jamaica remain knotted in a four-way tie in the Group Stage, as Canada and El Salvador also played to a draw at the StubHub Center.

Group B action shifts to Houston on Saturday, as Jamaica meets Canada, followed by El Salvador and Costa Rica.

On Thursday in Group C, Elias Vasquez and Guatemala will face Trinidad & Tobago in Chicago, followed by Mexico and Cuba.

The U.S. National Team – featuring Kyle Beckerman and Nick Rimando – faces Haiti on Friday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass.


RSL midfielder Sebastian Saucedo joined the U.S. U-18 National Team for training camp in Carson, Calif., this week.  Javier Perez called in 20 players for the camp, which runs from July 6-14 with matches scheduled for Saturday against Uruguay and Monday against Czech Republic.  This is the first domestic camp of the year for the U-18s, who previously had played in Mexico and Bosnia this year.