Gold Cup Preview: USA

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Right from the beginning, when the Gold Cup starts on July 7th, the USA will have the second-best odds, behind Mexico, to win the Gold Cup. The United States Of America have been getting a lot better at soccer, and winning this year’s Gold Cup would prove their progress.

The United States were a big disappointment in the last gold cup in July of 2015. They lost to Jamaica in the semi-finals, and then lost to Panama in the third-place match.

But, the United States could very well witness another big disappointment. USA manager Bruce Arena has left a few of his top players at home so they can have a rest, and he can experiment with new talents.

Almost all of the top USA players are on the 40-man roster, but not the 23-man roster. Teams are allowed to switch players from their 23-man roster and their 40-man roster after they advance past the group stage.

The most notable players on the 40-man roster, but not on the 23-man roster are: Tim Howard, Micheal Bradley, Christian Pulisic, Jozy Altidore, and Clint Dempsey. Although, if the USA really need some help, they may add these players to their roster to play in the knockout stages.

However, the United States’ 23-man roster already has multiple good players in it. Players to watch are: Matt Besler, Gyasi Zardes and Dom Dwyer.

Matt Besler has proven himself as arguably the best defender in the MLS, in recent years. Gyasi Zardes is a very fast and reliable player, who can score a few goals as well. While Dom Dwyer is a prolific goal-scorer.

With Besler holding the back-line, Zardes able to play well in the midfield and Dom Dwyer scoring the goals. This team does have the potential to possibly win the Gold Cup.

However, the team does have players all around the pitch who are inexperienced and could use a little bit more developing. This could be a problem.

Prediction: The United State’s group is a complete joke. Panama is average Gold Cup competition, Nicaragua are just awful, and Martinique are a laughing stock. The United States will win all their group games, and finish top of the group.

They will be good enough to advance all the way to the finals. However, in the finals, their inexperience will show and they will finish runner-up.

 

 

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