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Gold Cup Begins! #USMNT

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The United States Men’s National Team (USMNT) takes a break from 2018 World Cup qualifying for a month, as CONCACAF (Confederation Of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football) holds its biennial tournament. There are two reasons why this tournament is important to US Soccer.

First is pride! It’s our confederation, so, this is like Euro Cup is to UEFA. The second reason is the winner of Gold Cup competes to represent CONCACAF in the Confederations Cup. That tournament is held the year before the World Cup, in the nation hosting the big tournament. Each of the six continental football federations sends a representative to Confederations Cup. The idea is to assess the facilities to be used the following year in the 32-team big tournament, as well as the host nation’s logistics.

The road to the Confederations Cup 2017 is different from USMNT’s last trip to the tournament in 2009. The team got there by winning Copa Oro in 2007. USMNT lost to Mexico in 2011. This year’s tournament winner will face the winner of Copa Oro in 2017, and the winner goes to Russia that summer.

There are three groups of four in this year’s tournament. Here’s a bracket you can use to record the action:

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As I write this, Panama just scored against Haiti in the first Group A game. USA plays Honduras at 2000CDT.

Vamanos USA!

#USAvHON notes

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After an unimpressive Panama-Haiti match, which ended with a 1-1 draw, one half of play between USA and Honduras is strange. The USMNT back line is awful, which makes me sad, after watching a couple of weeks of a very tight USWNT back four. Brooks is a disaster, but he’s so tall, he’ll come along.

Yedlin’s making young-player mistakes, but no better time to learn than Copa Oro.

Dempsey’s Dempsey…thankfully

Guzan–he’s getting NO help, but he’s been there before:

Ive-seen-some-weird-shit.

More post-match.

SECOND HALF

Defensive form improved, particularly after Chandler came out. Brooks still needs polish.

Yedlin’s playing like beast, that’s a good thing.

Bradley-Dempsey are what this team is all about.

GROUP A standings after one round:

USA 3
PAN 1
HAI 1
HON 0