MLS is one step closer to its 30-team goal after welcoming St. Louis to the league. There are presently two viable bids for the final two berths, but as the lengthy expansion process has shown, things can change quite quickly.
The Concacaf Hexagonal will remain for at least one more cycle, but the road to getting there has been eliminated for the region's top-ranked teams. As for the minnows–and the fourth-place finisher in the hex–the path to qualification is a long one.
On one hand, the USA fell to a Mexico side missing a slew of big names and settled for second in the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup. On the other, the feeling inside the team is one of positivity, acknowledging the immediate disappointment but seeing a brighter big picture for the first time in a while.
The U.S. men's national team had its chances, but after failing to convert them, Mexico made the Americans pay, and Jonathan Dos Santos delivered the only strike necessary to return Concacaf bragging rights back into El Tri's control.
Christian Pulisic has been given a lot of responsibility at the Gold Cup, and the 20-year-old USA star has embraced it, with three goals and three assists en route to helping the Americans reach a final vs. rival Mexico.