CONCACAF Gold Cup: United States Beats Canada, 2-0, At Ford Field

The United States opened 2011 Gold Cup play with a 2-0 victory over Canada at Ford Field.

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Video: Highlights Of United States' 2-0 Win Over Canada At Ford Field

On Tuesday night at Ford Field, 28,209 fans watched the United States Men's National Team defeat Canada, 2-0, in the start of group play in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Earlier in the night, Panama held off Guadeloupe for a 3-2 victory. Panama led 3-0 at one point, but Guadeloupe made the score close with a couple of late goals.

The United States' win was powered by a first-half goal by Jozy Altidore and a sliding score in the second half by Clint Dempsey. Goaltender Tim Howard played very well in net, shutting out Canada and drawing quite a few "Timmy Howard" chants that sounded similar to chants of "Jimmy Howard" you would hear at Joe Louis Arena during a Red Wings game.

Here is a look at highlights of the United States victory:

While the crowd wasn't exactly all that full, it was the largest crowd to watch a Gold Cup group match for the United States since July 2003. That's pretty impressive considering the game was played on a Tuesday night, and the crowd was pretty festive. All in all it was a great experience and hopefully more soccer will be played in the Detroit area in the future.

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United States, Ford Field Prepare For CONCACAF Gold Cup

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup began on Sunday. On Tuesday, it will come to Ford Field as Group C plays its first set of games. The two matches set to take place at Ford Field are Panama vs. Guadeloupe (6 p.m.) and the United States vs. Canada (8 p.m.).

The United States lost an international friendly to Spain, 4-0, on Saturday. In order to shake off the loss and get ready for Tuesday's match with Canada, the U.S. Men's National Team practiced on Sunday at the Detroit Lions' training facility in Allen Park (Guadeloupe also practiced there). The fields were converted from football to soccer, and thanks to the NFL lockout, they were in "great shape because no one’s been on them."

Just as the USMNT is getting ready for Tuesday, so is Ford Field. Grass is being installed for the two matches, just like grass was installed at the Silverdome when the 1994 World Cup came to the United States. It's amazing that an entire soccer field of grass can be installed in just a few days, but 95,000 square feet of sod was brought in and will be ready to go on Tuesday.

Hopefully United States player Landon Donovan will also be ready to go on Tuesday. He missed the friendly on Saturday because of an undisclosed illness, but he expects to be fine by the time the U.S. takes on Canada on Tuesday.

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