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.
Carli Lloyd has three goals in two games in France and looks every bit as fit and in-form as possible, but there's still little reason to believe she'll be in the USA's starting lineup going forward, barring injuries or suspensions.
MLS has changed more in the past three years than it did in the previous 10 years before that, which makes SI.com’s annual MLS Ambition Rankings more relevant than ever, a measuring stick of who’s keeping pace in the arms race and who’s not.
Half a century ago, Honduras and El Salvador battled over mass migration while their national teams fought to qualify for the 1970 World Cup. The confusion regarding how much–if at all–one actually had to do with the other has stood the test of time.