After a poor showing against Spain last week, the entire U.S. starting lineup redeemed themselves with superlative play against Canada last night. Granted, it was Canada — a team that’s only reached the World Cup once in 1986. But it was an encouraging start for the Americans in a tournament that’s worth more than just bragging rights. The winner will represent CONCACAF in the 2013 World Cup warm-up tourney, the Confederations Cup.
Next up: USA plays Panama on Saturday (8pm Eastern / Fox Soccer) followed by Guadeloupe on June 14 (9pm Eastern / Fox Soccer).
Granted, Spain is the best team in the world. But they made team USA look like a high school squad, effortlessly weaving through our pathetic 4-4-2 yesterday.
After an average performance last year, we certainly aren’t getting any better this year. After the game, Tim Howard said, ”If we win the Gold Cup in a couple of weeks, nobody will remember this.”
Yes, winning Gold Cup will take the sting out. But it’s obvious USA are still no match for elite soccer powers like Spain.
Next up: USA play Canada to open the Gold Cup on June 7, 8 pm Easter (Fox Soccer Channel)