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).
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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.
Brek Shea. Gotta be the most inconsistent player on the USMNT as of late. But here, he does his good player imitation. Sweet goal, and US wins the 2013 Gold Cup 1-0. Video: USSoccer [[ This is a content summary only. Visit TSI for full links, other content, and more! ]]
With its most stylish set of haircuts since the 1990s, the United States took back the Gold Cup Sunday night. It was a pro job with no truly outstanding performances, but that's what it took, as I hope you'll see reflected here. Gutted doesn't begin to describe what I feel for Stuart Holden right now.
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.
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.
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Thanks in large part to Chepo de la Torre's incompetence sabotaging Mexico, the United States never had to face their biggest rivals en route to an easy victory in the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. They were able to capitalize on weaker competition en route to outscoring their competition 20-4 and trailing for only 11 minutes all tournament.
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