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WASHINGTON, April 10 (Xinhua) -- Mexico will begin their quest for an eighth Gold Cup title by playing Cuba in Pasadena, California on June 15, according to Wednesday's draw.

Gerardo Martino's men will also meet Canada on June 19 and Martinique on June 23 in the group stage, the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) said.

This year's Gold Cup will be the largest in the competition's history, with 16 teams playing matches in the United States, Jamaica and Costa Rica from June 15 to July 7.

"The first thing we have to do is prepare well," Martino told reporters. "Mexico is obliged to to reach the latter stages and we must be ready to achieve those objectives."

Meanwhile, defending champions the United States will open the tournament with a clash against Guyana in Minnesota on June 18 before also facing Trinidad and Panama in the group stage.

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