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How the U.S. kept its Copa hopes alive

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 By Tom Marshall

'Chicharito' makes history as Mexico goes top of Hex with Costa Rica victory

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez leveled Jared Borgetti's all-time Mexico scoring record on Friday, netting his 46th goal.

MEXICO CITY -- Three thoughts from an historic night for Mexican football, as Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez levels Jared Borgetti's Mexico scoring record in El Tri's 2-0 victory over Costa Rica. The win moves Mexico into first place in the Hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.

1. Hernandez's historic night

Hernandez hadn't scored a goal for the Mexico national team in nine months, but Friday was was the perfect opportunity. Borgetti struck 46 times for El Tri in 89 appearances,...

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Hernandez ties Borgetti's goals record as Mexico beats Costa Rica

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Mexico stormed to a 2-0 win against Costa Rica in a CONCACAF World Cup qualifier in Mexico City on Friday night.

Javier Hernandez got the hosts off to a perfect start in the seventh minute, chipping Costa Rica's Keylor Navas from a pinpoint through ball from Carlos Vela to put Mexico ahead and draw level with Jared Borgetti as the national team's all-time leading scorer with 46 goals.

Navas was called into action in the 17th minute, when Carlos Vela smashed a shot from distance that was on goal,...

U.S. to face Panama, Martinique, playoff winner in Gold Cup group stage

The United States will face Panama, Martinique and either Haiti or Nicaragua in Group B of the CONCACAF Gold Cup this summer, the confederation announced on Tuesday.

In Group C, Mexico will face El Salvador, Jamaica and Curacao. Honduras, the winner of January's Copa Centroamericana are seeded in Group A and will face Costa Rica, French Guiana and Canada.

The final spot in this summer's tournament will be decided in a two-legged playoff between Haiti and Nicaragua later this month.

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Former Costa Rica and Real Salt Lake star Alvaro Saborio retires

Alvaro Saborio is Real Salt Lake's all-time leading goal scorer.

Former Costa Rica and MLS striker Alvaro Saborio has announced his retirement following a reported dispute with Saprissa fans. 

Saborio, who earned over 100 caps with Costa Rica, recently joined Saprissa after deciding to leave D.C United in December.

According to CRHoy.com, Saborio came into conflict with fans in a recent loss and afterward  he decided to retire "more than anything to protect my family."

"I don't want to expose them to these things and I no longer want to play,"...