The U.S. men's national team enjoyed a 4-0 win over Guyana to open its Gold Cup title defense, with newcomer Tyler Boyd scoring a pair of goals on a night marred by an apparent hamstring injury to Weston McKennie.
This Gold Cup carries different meanings for different nations, and for the U.S., it's a return to competitive matches for the first time in 20 months, a chance to move the Gregg Berhalter project forward and an opportunity to truly see where things currently stand.
The U.S. may not have been at full strength, but there was little excusing the sloppy play that allowed Venezuela to ease its way to a 3-0 win in the Americans' final tune-up before beginning their Gold Cup title defense.
There's little reason to believe what the U.S. trotted out vs. Jamaica will resemble anything it does at the Gold Cup–and that's a good thing after the Americans suffered their first defeat of the Gregg Berhalter era.
U.S. men's national team camp is still missing two key elements, and Gregg Berhalter's group features a wide array of experienced and inexperienced talent, but the manager is finding a way to fit it all together entering his first official competition.
The small problem is Abby Wambach only received 80% of the vote. The big problem is she was the only player elected. Another year, another set of baffling circumstances surrounding the building that is supposed to tell the story of American soccer.
Entrenched clubs in some of MLS's bigger markets have fallen behind when it comes to important metrics both on and off the field, and it's clear the message is beginning to get across after a series of significant developments in Chicago and New England.