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Leon Bailey's meteoric rise, from Kingston to Leverkusen

Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey gives ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes a course in the art of dribbling and reveals his influences.
ESPN FC's Alexis Nunes catches up with Bayer Leverkusen's Leon Bailey about life in Germany and his future for both club and country.

Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey has been one of the Bundesliga's breakout stars this season. The Jamaica-born midfielder's performances have been attracting a lot of attention from Europe's elite, while there could also be an international tug-of-war for his services in the future.

But why is he so highly-rated? Here are five things to know.

1. He arrived in Europe with nothing but a small bag

Kingston-born Bailey joined Craig Butler's Phoenix All-Star Academy at the age of six. Some eight years...

U.S. wins 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup via Jordan Morris' late goal vs. Jamaica

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The U.S. prevailed over Jamaica 2-1 to claim the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup on Wednesday night at Levi's Stadium.

U.S. forward Jozy Altidore opened the scoring just before halftime with a superbly taken free kick, only for Je-Vaughn Watson to equalize in the 50th minute, volleying home Kemar Lawrence's corner at the far post. But Jordan Morris fired home an 88th-minute winner to give the U.S. the victory.

Here are three thoughts on the U.S. win, their sixth Gold Cup title.

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 By Matt Pentz

Gold Cup final tale of the tape: United States to overcome Jamaica

It's not the matchup that many anticipated, but it'll decide the 2017 Gold Cup championship nonetheless. Jamaica's stunning takedown of Mexico on Sunday night in Pasadena, California, both avenged its loss in the 2015 final and set up a showdown with a United States team that will surely like its chances of walking away with the trophy.

Though some might be disappointed not to see yet another renewal of the El Tri-USMNT rivalry, it'll certainly be compelling watching Jamaica try to become the least...

 By Tom Marshall

Mexico crashes out of Gold Cup as Andre Blake backstops Jamaica to final

PASADENA, Calif. -- Three quick thoughts from Mexico's 1-0 defeat to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinal at the Rose Bowl on Sunday night.

1. Mexico crashes out of Gold Cup

There was shock among the 42,393 Mexico-majority in the stadium as Kemar Lawrence curled in a free kick to hand Jamaica a famous semifinal victory.

This was a brave performance from a Reggae Boyz team without a single one of their Europe-based players. The goal was a sweet sucker-punch to crown the solid defensive work earlier...

 By Tom Marshall

Jamaica exposes Mexico's weaknesses as fans turn on Osorio in dour draw

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Edson Alvarez and Mexico were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw vs. Jamaica on Thursday night.

DENVER -- Here are three quick thoughts from Mexico's 0-0 draw with Jamaica in Group C of the Gold Cup on Thursday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

1. Mexico's weakness exposed

Mexico fans who paid good money to see El Tri in Denver started to leave with more than 10 minutes left. Cries of "Osorio out" rained down from the stands. There is a growing section of Mexico's fan base that is not happy with coach Juan Carlos Osorio, who made four changes from the 3-1 win over El Salvador...

 By Arch Bell

Usual suspects Mexico, U.S. and Costa Rica big favorites in Gold Cup

The 2017 Gold Cup is just days away from kicking off, so the time has arrived to make fearless predictions about what will go down in Groups A, B and C.

Group A

1. Costa Rica -- Despite the absence of Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, Costa Rica still boast a very strong squad. Among the names are Sporting Lisbon attacking duo Bryan Ruiz and Joel Campbell, plus MLSers Rodney Wallace (New York City FC) and Johan Venegas (Minnesota United). They are sturdy in defense as well, with European-based...