THE 2013 edition of the Gold Cup deserves your attention.
First and foremost, the winner of the 12-team, biannual tournament will be crowned CONCACAF champion. This in itself may not be such a big deal, but the 2013 Gold Cup winner will play the 2015 Gold Cup champ for the right to appear in the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia—a tournament with plenty of prestige.
So yes, these three weeks in July are a big deal.
It’s also a big deal for some marginalized/rehabbing American soccer players who are trying to make a positive impression with Jurgen Klinsmann one year before the World Cup in Brazil. Landon Donovan, for one, needs to show something here. So does Stuart Holden. They are not alone.
“The race is on,” Klinsmann said. “The Gold Cup is a huge opportunity for all the players to make a very, very strong statement. This is the moment now to shine.”
American Soccer Now wants to shine too. Please check out our new, highly interactive Gold Cup channel, which features writeups on all 12 teams—yes, even Belize—player profiles, tactical previews, and lots more. Dig in.
- 5 Key Takeaways from the Yanks' Impressive Cup Run
- ASN Morning Read: Winning Is Always Nice
- Jozy Altidore Is Man of the Match in Gold Cup Final
- Coach & Captain Are in Sync as U.S Prepares for Jamaica
- Jordan Morris Scores Late as Yanks Beat Jamaica 2-1
- ASN Morning Read: 'Twas the Eve of the Final
- Four Storylines to Monitor in U.S.-Jamaica Cup Final
- ASN Morning Read: U.S. Against... Jamaica?
- Clint Dempsey Comes to the Rescue, Lifts U.S. to 2-0 Win
- Five Thoughts on the U.S. Victory Against El Salvador
- Eric Lichaj in Philly: "I Know I Can Play a Lot Better"
- ASN Morning Read: Moving on to the Semifinals
- Gonzalez and Lichaj Score as U.S. Defeats El Salvador
- ASN Morning Read: Game Day in Philadelphia
- Kelyn Rowe to ASN: "There Are Things I Can Do Better"
Saturday, Jul 20:
Sunday, Jul 21:
Wednesday, Jul 24:
Sunday, Jul 28: