By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 7, 2021) US Soccer Players - Every two years, the story is the same. The Gold Cup arrives and Major League Soccer shifts into "Make Do" mode. Concacaf's championship may give a bigger stage to players who would otherwise be left to toil in the shadows, but it sure throws a wrench in things for MLS teams. Depth gets tested. Coaches must turn to more unheralded . . .
The Gold Cup group stages are set
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Concacaf completing the 2021 Gold Cup field. That means the preliminary round came to an end with Trinidad & Tobago, Haiti, and Guadeloupe advancing to the group stage. Haiti joins Martinique, Canada, and the USMNT in group B, playing the United States in the opening group game on Sunday. Trinidad & Tobago got to the second round of the preliminaries . . .
Preview: 2021 Gold Cup
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 5, 2021) US Soccer Players – The 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup kicks off on Friday just as the Euros and Copa America prepare to crown a champion. It comes a little more than a month after the United States defeated Mexico in dramatic fashion to win the first Concacaf Nations League. Now it's the Gold Cup's turn to crown a regional winner. The 16th edition of the . . .
Five questions about the USMNT’s 2021 Gold Cup campaign
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 2, 2021) US Soccer Players - The USMNT still doesn't know who they'll be playing in their opening match on July 11. But the program's hunt for a seventh Gold Cup championship is about to begin in earnest. Gregg Berhalter released his final 23-player roster and explained his choices on Thursday. In a few days, squad and staff will convene in Kansas City, . . .
Concacaf’s choices for the Nations League and the Gold Cup
By J Hutcherson (Jun 8, 2021) US Soccer Players - It's easy enough to look at the squads fielded by the United States and Mexico to determine the value of the Nations League. Both opted for their best available players, with Mexico coach Tata Martino making some tough decisions but otherwise going with his take on first choice. That sent a clear message about prioritizing the first leg of the . . .
Concacaf announces Gold Cup venues
Friday's soccer news starts with Concacaf continuing the 2021 Gold Cup schedule rollout. We now know the other venues. Concacaf previously announced that Las Vegas's Allegiant Stadium would host the final and Inter Miami's Fort Lauderdale stadium is the site for the preliminary rounds. Add to that group AT&T Stadium in Arlington, BBVA Stadium and NRG Stadium in Houston, the Cotton Bowl in . . .
The USMNT in 2021
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 4, 2020) US Soccer Players – The start of the year brings with it a new set of challenges for the USMNT. 2020 largely grounded the National Team, allowing them to play just four games after the pandemic disrupted the soccer calendar and ultimately halted all sports. That means that 2021 is full of games and tournaments that could have a lasting impact on this . . .
USMNT gets Canada, Martinique, and a team to be named later
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the USMNT drawn into group B at the 2021 Gold Cup. Concacaf conducted the first ever Gold Cup draw, with the USMNT playing Canada, Martinique, and preliminary round winner 7. The tournament begins on July 10 with Concacaf eventually releasing the cities and schedules. "We're looking forward to competing in our confederation's premier event," USMNT coach Gregg . . .
Preview: The 2021 Gold Cup draw
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 28, 2020) US Soccer Players – The 2021 Gold Cup will mark the tournament's 16th edition. At the same time, the tournament will celebrate 30 years of existence. Over those three decades, the competition has both morphed and evolved with the times while making Concacaf teams more competitive at the World Cup. It's that evolving nature that, pandemic allowing, . . .
Concacaf adds Qatar to Gold Cup field
Thursday's soccer news starts with a lengthy press release from Concacaf nominally about finally adding a draw to the Gold Cup. Instead of setting the field and separating the United States from Mexico, Concacaf is opting for a draw to determine the group stage. From the knockout round "teams on opposite sides of the bracket meet from the quarterfinals onwards.... This change will provide more . . .