Random new, facts, and statistics following the Gold Cup
* US manager Jürgen Klinsmann joins Holger Osieck (Canada, 2000) as the only German managers to win a CONCACAF Gold Cup.
* Andreas Herzog joins Glenn Myernick (United States, 2005) as the only interim managers to win a title
* Brek Shea (69th minute) joins Benny Feilhaber (2007 Gold Cup final) and Josh Wolff (2002 Gold Cup final) as the only Americans to score a trophy-winning goal.
* The Americans trailed for eleven minutes (officially nine minutes as Donovan made a penalty in the second minute of stoppage time before halftime against Cuba).
* DaMarcus Beasley becomes the 5th American to captain the US to a title, joining Carlos Bocanegra (2007), Kasey Keller (2005), Jeff Agoos (2002), and Tony Meola (1991). Interestingly, only defenders and keepers have ever captained the US to a title (and the US never won a Gold Cup with Claudio Reyna as captain, and Beasley played fullback throughout this tournament).
* In researching that last point, I found this:
The U.S. opens play in the bi-annual regional championship on Saturday (Jan. 19) against the Korea Republic at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena at 3 p.m. PT live on pay-per-view.
Contrast this to this summer’s Gold Cup with three matches on terrestrial Fox and all matches televised by Fox/the Univision empire. How far we’ve come.
* The US used 22 players during the tournament. Only Will Bruin, Corey Ashe, Jack McInerney, Bill Hamid, and Alan Gordon didn’t play of the 23 + 4 swaps.
* Non-Gold Cup news, but AZ striker Aron Jóhannsson was apparently so impressed by the US’s run through CONCACAF that he has decided he wants to play for the US. Either that or he finally watched the ice hockey final of the 1994 Junior Goodwill Games and realizes that he could never score on The Cat.
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Howie once received a death threat at a USA-Brazil friendly. He still believes in Fred Adu. He plays forward in coed rec, although not well.