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USA Ready To Defend Gold Cup Title

Can the US defend the Gold Cup? (Image from AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)The US Men’s National Team has had some trouble recently however they have come together to defend their Gold Cup title with experience over youth. Manager Jurgen Klinsmann has chosen to use a more experienced team at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, but the youthful team he is using in the Gold Cup could prove to be the US team of the future. 

#1: The Youthful Team

The youthful team that is going to the Gold Cup is facing other youthful teams from neighboring countries. There are many experienced players in the world who choose not to play the Gold Cup, and the countries must dip into their junior ranks to find the players they need. The players on the US team are more experienced overall, and the US team’s chances will rise immediately. Even the likes of John Brooks and DeAndre Yedlin have played for the US over ten times despite being only 22 years old. 

The US squad looks remarkably different now without the likes of Donovan and Holden  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The US squad looks remarkably different now without the likes of Donovan and Holden
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

#2: Stiff Competition

As always the threat to the US regaining the title lies with Mexico. The El Tri are not at full strength in the Gold Cup, but the Mexicans always field great teams filled with players who play professionally around the world. Stiff competition comes in the form of a US team that is not able to get past its previous failures. The Americans have won the Gold Cup, but that team did not perform very well in the last World Cup. The Americans are stuck in a cycle that sees them only progressing so far before being eliminated. The change in the roster could cause problems for a team that does not have an identity, and the match betting on the team becomes quite complicated.

As always, Mexico pose the biggest threat  Image from Getty)
As always, Mexico pose the biggest threat
Image from Getty)

#3: Is This Klinsmann’s Last Stand?

There has been little improvement to the US team since the World Cup and Jurgen Klinsmann is running out of opportunities to turn around the USMNT program. The team has not improved much since Klinsmann took over, and the Americans are not in the mood to be disappointed again in 2018. The World Cup 2018 could be a watershed for everyone in the ranks of world soccer, and Klinsmann could be let go if it appears that he is unable to manage the Americans to victory. His coaching philosophy is not perfect, and his results are varied.

Could this be a defining tournament for Klinsmann  (Image from Getty)
Could this be a defining tournament for Klinsmann
(Image from Getty)

#4: Will The US Win The Gold Cup?

The Gold Cup is anyone’s tournament to win, and it is a tournament the Americans could easily lose. The major changes in the American roster have caused an upheaval that most onlookers do not understand. The upheaval that the Americans take to the Gold Cup could become so problematic that they are eliminated early. The experienced team that the United Stated takes to the Gold Cup could help turn around Jurgen Klinsmann’s fortunes, but the Gold Cup is only one step in the rebirth of American soccer.

This article was written by Tony Samboras who is a sports writer with a passion for soccer. He has written for many online publications and currently writes for www.freebets.com.au

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