It was just over a year ago that every soccer fan in the United States was devastated after losing to Trinidad and Tobago. Don’t worry, I am not going to have anyone re-live that moment. After that fans were reminded of a young squad with lots of promise for the future. A team that challenged France, who went on to win the World Cup. Weston McKinnie, Tyler Adams, DeAndre Yedlin, Tim Weah, Matt Miazga, Gyasi Zardes and of course CHRISTIAN PULISIC. Here we are a year removed from missing the World Cup and it turns out, things are just as worrying as they were 18 months ago.
The USMNT is preparing for the Gold Cup, the biggest tournament in CONCACAF, and the biggest for the USMNT outside the World Cup. With how weak CONCACAF is the U.S. should be able to win the tournament and make it to at least the Finals with relative ease, or so we thought. The way the draw happened, allowed the U.S. to not have to face Mexico or Costa Rica until the Finals, making the only threats to getting there Panama? Honduras? Jamaica? None of these teams seemed like much of a threat until Wednesday.
Wednesday USMNT fans saw their team fall 1-0 at home to Jamaica who should not be anywhere close to the United States, yet the team fumbled their first warm-up match for the Gold Cup. No big deal though, because they had a chance to fix it today against a Venezuela team that has never beaten the US… until today. The United States fell 3-0. Not only was the USMNT embarrassed at home, but it was on national TV in the last tune-up before the biggest tournament for CONCACAF. If there is any game for young players to step up and show they are ready for the big lights that was it.
Now we really have to ask, can this team make it to the Gold Cup finals? That is an absurd question to be asking and shows the terrible state of the team. Some analysts have talked about the lack of Pulisic during these warm-ups and while he is the best player, he is still just ONE player. Pulisic is great (my favorite athlete in the world), but he is not Messi, he doesn’t walk in the door and give the team 2 goals and 60% possession. Not only that but even without him this team should not lose to Jamaica or get blown out 3-0 to Venezuela.
All questions can be answered by a great showing at the Gold Cup ending with the U.S. holding the trophy, but if that does not happen soccer fans might want to prepare themselves. This has been some of the worst 2 years in U.S. soccer history, PLEASE let it end with a Gold Cup win.