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Mexico will use Copa America as preparation for the 2012 Olympics.

Mexico will use a squad comprised of mostly Under-23 national team players in Copa America next year, CONCACAF announced.

A maximum of five overage players will be allowed on the squad while the rest of the team will consist of players eligible to play in the 2012 London Olympics, which means any player born in 1989 or later would be eligible.

2011 will feature both Gold Cup and Copa America. The winner of the 2011 Gold Cup will represent CONCACAF in the 2013 Confederations Cup. In 2007, Mexico used strong teams in both tournaments. Mexico lost the final to the United States on a Sunday and played their opening Copa America match three days later, and beat Brazil in the process.

Mexico reached the semifinals of Copa America 2007 before losing to Argentina.

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