On Tuesday afternoon CONCACAF released the venues for the 2015 Gold Cup. There are some of "the usual suspects" in terms of stadiums in cities that most people would generally expect to host games at big tournaments. There are one or two surprising inclusions and one or two surprising exclusions, as there are with every tournament.
For all the pomp, circumstance, and pageantry that surrounds the World Cup every four years, it is the secondary competitions that determine the trajectory of players and national teams. Spain gave notice of its status as an international juggernaut by winning Euro 2008 handily, then defending its title four years.
What a time to be an American soccer fan. Despite a 2-1 loss to Belgium to be eliminated from the round of 16 at this summer's World Cup, soccer's increasing popularity in the United States continues on. Fans are firing on all cylinders, and blowing up social media with talk..
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"American fans would get to see the U.S. playing against teams like Argentina, Colombia, and Brazil in a tournament that matters. It's huge, and shows some real 21st century thinking for the two regional federations to come together like this for the good of the game.
Easy as one, two, three. Three goals from the United States men's national team and they're on their way to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. A thoroughly dominating performance by the Nats, 3-1 over Honduras, means a date with surprise finalists Panama.
Eddie Johnson, freed by a great ball from Landon Donovan, broke away from the Panamanian defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute.
Win or go home. Thems the breaks in the elimination rounds of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Gone are the comforts of the group stage where a slip up could be made up. As the United States men's national team saw (at least until Eddie Johnson walked on the field) on Sunday against El Salvador that success is perilous and advancement not always guaranteed.
Rather than pretend to understand the mind set of MLS award voters, I am developing my own awards that I believe will best tell the story of the 2013 MLS regular season. These awards aren't necessarily achievements but rather reference points that give more depth than the Golden Boot or Defender of the Year.
The Gold Cup is back! Well... not quite. The run-up to the Gold Cup is back!
There. That's more like it.
Tonight's match from Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego is, hopefully, a prologue to a victorious Gold Cup campaign. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said, despite not being in the upcoming tournament, he expects a "tricky" test from Guatemala.
After what has to be considered the most dominating tournament performance by a U.S. Men's National Team in recent memory, and possibly of all time, it isn't easy singling out which players were most responsible for the Gold Cup triumph (well, unless you are talking about Landon Donovan).
Brek Shea joins Geoff Cameron and Maurice Edu in Philly with Stoke. Hack plans to play "a bunch of guys." Gaber says not a question of if MLS expands but when and how much. Holden diagnosed with torn ACL. More.
In the final of the 2005 Gold Cup, the U.S. Men's National Team defeated Panama and where named Champions. This past Sunday the Americans secured a repeat victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final, giving them their fifth title (Mexico leads with six).
Landon Donovan was named MVP of the tournament and leads the all-time scoring with 18 goals in Gold Cup matches.
All of the headlines and analysis over the course of the last three weeks has been about how Landon Donovan has forced his way back into the United States starting XI with his performances against lesser competition and the Costa Rican "B" side (or in Honduras' case almost a "C" side) in the Gold Cup.
Valdes agent disappointed defender won't be playing in Copa Libertadores. Conor Casey, Ray Gaddis, and Zac MacMath get Team of the Week nods. Reading United postseason campaign begins tonight. More news.
Gillette Stadium willwelcome back the U.S. Men's National Team on Jul. 10, 2015 as part of a CONCACAF Gold Cup doubleheader,per a release from the New England Revolution on Tuesday. The tournament will be held throughout North America, and will run from July 7-26.
For the fourth time in five years, Sporting Park will host the US men's national team next summer as part of the Gold Cup. The US national team will close out Group A on Monday, July 13th at Sporting Park against an opponent still to be determined. The US will open play in the Gold Cup on Tuesday July 7th in Frisco, Texas before moving to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough on the 10th for the second game before finishing the group phase in Kansas City.
The Caribbean Cup started yesterday, but Michael Seaton and the Reggae Boyz play their first game tonight.
It has flown under the radar a bit, but Michael Seaton has been called up to the Jamaica national team for their run for the Caribbean Cup. It is being hosted in Jamaica, and they are the obvious favorite to win the competition.
If you are looking for big news on American soccer, pay close attention to the summer of 2015. Very recently, it has been announced that Fox Sports has acquired the television rights to both the 2015 Women's World Cup as well as the 2015 Men's Gold Cup. Not only are these two tournaments during the same year, but they also take place during the same couple of weeks during the 2015 summer.