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Photo gallery: CONCACAF Soccer at Raymond James Stadium

Lacking a Major League Soccer team, the Tampa Bay Area isn't known as a big soccer town. There are the Rowdies, part of the United Soccer League, but that's akin to minor league baseball in the eyes of many. So to have international soccer in our backyard on July 12, in the form of the 2017 Gold Cup, was seriously exciting for this sports photographer. Better yet, it was a doubleheader. First Nicaragua took on Panama, and then the United States played Martinique. Soccer is a unique sport to photograph, as long periods with little peak action quickly turn into seconds of critical play. There might be one goal all match, so you better nail it. Here are a handful of my favorite images from the action at Raymond James Stadium. Panama beat Nicaragua 2-1, and the United States beat Martinique 3-2.

-Loren Elliott

            

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Panama's Michael Murillo is grabbed by Nicaragua's Carlos Chavarría in the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match between Panama and Nicaragua at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

            

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Panama's Ismael Díaz attempts to score while Nicaragua's Luis Copete defends in the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match between Panama and Nicaragua at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

            

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Martinique goalkeeper Kévin Olimpa watches a United States' Omar Gonzalez goal hit the back of the net during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match between the United States and Martinique at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

            

LOREN ELLIOTT | Times

     

United States' Jordan Morris celebrates with teammates after scoring one of his two goals for the night during the second half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match between the United States and Martinique at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

            

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Nicaragua's Luis Copete, left, goes for the loose ball as Panama's Edgar Barcenas falls to the ground during the first half of their Gold Cup match Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Tampa.

            

CHRIS URSO | Times

     

Nicaragua's Justo Lorente dives for the ball during the first half against Panama in their Gold Cup match Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Tampa.

            

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United States' Paul Arriola falls to the ground after colliding with Martinique's Johan Audel, right, as Martinique's Antoine Jean-Baptiste looks on during the first half of their Gold Cup match Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Tampa.

            

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United States' Brad Guzan reacts after giving up the second Martinique goal in the second half of their Gold Cup match Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Tampa. The United States won 3-2.

            

CHRIS URSO | Times

     

Panama's Edgar Barcenas, right, attempts to control the ball as Nicaragua's Manuel Rosas joins the play during the first half of their Gold Cup match Wednesday, July 12, 2017 in Tampa.

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