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Martinique 2-0 Nicaragua: Les Matinino top Group B

Kevin Parsemain, Daniel Herelle, Yoann Arquin

Martinique forward Kevin Parsemain (17) celebrates after scoring a goal against Nicaragua during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match Saturday, July 8, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. Behind Parsemain are Daniel Herelle (19) and Yoann Arquin (12). (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)


Raise your hand if you had Martinique on top of Group B after the first batch of matches at the 2017 Gold Cup.

Ex-Seattle Sounders striker Kevin Parsemain and Legia Warsaw forward Steeven Langil scored on either side of halftime as Martinique topped Nicaragua 2-0 in Nashville on Saturday.

The win comes after the USMNT drew Panama 1-1 in the first half of the doubleheader. Martinique plays the USMNT on Wednesday, while Nicaragua meets Panama.

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Martinique is not a FIFA side, and thus does not have a ranking, while Nicaragua is 105th in the world.

Martinique won its Gold Cup qualifying group over Trinidad and Tobago, while Nicaragua advanced via a playoff tie with Haiti.

It’s an exceptional start for Les Matinino, not unlike the 2013 Gold Cup when they beat Canada 1-0 in an opener before finishing third in a group behind Panama and Mexico.

Nicaragua was swept in its last Gold Cup, 2009, when it went goalless in losses to Mexico, Guadelope, and Panama.

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