Hedgardo Marin, 14, is congratulated by his teammate Edson Alvarez after he scored against El Salvador during a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match in San Diego, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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Mexico launched their CONCACAF Gold Cup title defense with a comfortable 3-1 victory over El Salvador in their Group C opener Sunday.A young Mexico side aiming to capture an eighth Gold Cup crown took the first step with goals from Hedgardo Marin, Elias Hernandez and Orbelin Pineda.Hernandez put Mexico ahead again before halftime with a ferocious strike in the 29th.Substitute Orbelin Pineda stretched Mexico's lead in the 55th.Paez had not yet spoken with Osorio immediately after the game.With the win, Mexico stretched their unbeaten run against El Salvador to seven games, a streak that dates back to 2009 .
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