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Television coverage is scant for Americans in Gold Cup tournament.

By Robert Wagman

(Wednesday, February 9, 2000) -- Fans hoping to watch the United States play in the Gold Cup will likely be disappointed with relatively few games broadcast and those that are done in Spanish.

If the U.S. gets to the semifinals of the tournament that runs from Saturday to February 27, it will play in a total of five matches. There could be as few as one available on any TV. The best case scenario would have three of those five broadcast.

The match that definitely will be broadcast will be the Saturday when the U.S. faces Haiti at 7 p.m. (ET). The only network to show the game is Spanish-language Galavision, a little known operation that is available to DirecTV satellite subscribers. Otherwise, Galvision's availability to cable subscribers is nowhere near that of Univision and Telemundo, the top Spanish-language networks.

The second U.S. match, against Peru next Wednesday, will not be shown broadcast live anywhere.

If the U.S. wins Group B (which includes Haiti and Peru), it will play in the February 19 quarterfinal which will be broadcast live by Univision. If the U.S. finishes second in Group B, it advances to a quarterfinal which will not be televised.

The only other match the U.S. could play in that will be televised would be the title game which will be aired by Univision February 27 at 3 p.m.

Senior correspondent Robert Wagman can be e-mailed at SoccerWag1@aol.com. SoccerWag1@aol.com.

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