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USMNT earns Gold Cup championship

damarcus-beasley-goldcup-single-image-cutExcellent job by the U.S. Men’s National Team in winning Sunday’s Gold Cup final, 1-0, over Panama.

Brek Shea’s goal in the 68th minute game the U.S. team its first trophy under coach Jürgen Klinsmann, even though Klinsmann was forced to watch the game from a luxury box after being suspended for the match because CONCACAF is a joke.

This is the fifth time the U.S. has won the Gold Cup, but the first since 2007.They also did it with a roster filled with several younger players seeing playing time and gaining valuable experience on the international level.

And Sunday’s performance was quite a different experience from the last time the U.S. made the Gold Cup final, in 2011. That day, the U.S. blew a 2-0 lead to Mexico and lost in what turned out to be the last game for coach Bob Bradley.

The win caps an impressive two months for the national team, which has now won 11 consecutive matches. The squad went 6-0-0 in the Gold Cup tournament, scoring 16 goals while giving up just three. That came on the heels of a perfect month of June that saw the team go 3-0 in World Cup qualifying to move to the top of their qualifying group (five points clear of Mexico).

With the Mexican national team currently in turmoil, reports have them firing manager José Manuel de la Torre as early as Monday, this is definitely a high time for the U.S. team as it heads into a break before resuming World Cup qualifying in September.

Well played.

(Photo by The Associated Press)

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