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Monday kickaround: Hat trick for Chicharito, Jakovic returns to D.C. United, U.S. Gold Cup updates, Josh Gatt, USA women, Americans at Pachuca

*The Gold Cup began with a bang Sunday as Mexico and Costa Rica scored five goals apiece in shutout victories over El Salvador and Cuba, respectively. Manchester United’s Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez scored three times for Mexico in front of 80,000 at Cowboys Stadium.

Tonight’s schedule:

Jamaica vs Grenada, 9 p.m. ET (Galavision,,

Honduras vs. Guatemala, 11 p.m. (Telefutura,,

*D.C. United defender Dejan Jakovic has returned to Washington to begin rehabbing a hamstring injury and will miss Canada’s Gold Cup campaign.

*Alejandro Bedoya, called in by the U.S. team to replace the injured Benny Feilhaber, will officially join the Gold Cup roster today.

*Ticket sales for the Tuesday doubleheader at Detroit’s Ford Field — Panama vs. Guadeloupe, USA vs. Canada — have surpassed 20,000, CONCACAF said. That’s about what I expected for a weeknight match in a city hit hard by economic forces. You can watch the USA match on Fox Soccer Channel and Telefutura, beginning around 8 p.m.

Much more.....

*In his New York Daily News column, Filip Bondy writes about waning interest in American women’s soccer and the challenges that lie ahead.

*The D.C. United Women, a first-year team playing in the second division, earned their first victory. They’ll play their home opener Thursday at Maryland SoccerPlex.

*In case you missed it over the weekend, here’s my match report from Spain’s 4-0 victory over the United States at Foxborough.

*After Sunday’s training session here in Detroit, Bob Bradley was asked about Michigan native Josh Gatt, a 19-year-old forward who is playing for Norway club Molde.

“I’ve spoken to his coach at Molde [former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer], so he’s a young player that is on the radar screen and hopefully he is going to continue to improve and his time will come. He was on the board” for Gold Cup consideration.

How high? [laughter]

“It’s not how high, it’s how many are on the board. We feel like he’s a player that we have hope for the future.”

Realistically, with a veteran squad in place for the Gold Cup, Gatt was not under serious consideration. He is playing for the USA under-20s and would seem to be a candidate for the U-23 Olympic qualifying squad next year. Here’s a Detroit Free Press feature about Gatt.

*In other news involving Americans overseas, the group that helped arrange DaMarcus Beasley’s workouts with Pachuca is also sending 21-year-old forward Jamel Johnson to the Mexican club for a trial.

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.


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