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Gold Cup post-mortem
   July 29, 2013 (5:16 AM) by Howie Michaels     Email This Post Email This Post

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.

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10 Responses to “Gold Cup post-mortem”

  1. 2tone says:

    The USMNT is looking stronger and stronger as we inch closer to WC qualifying and the 2014 WC.


  2. Nick says:

    Make him make the first move Conway.

  3. Trent Hill says:

    Seriously–4-5 months ago, there was a bit of a creeping panic surrounding US Soccer. Today? 11 wins in a row, top of the Hex, Gold Cup champions, and we just recruited Brooks and Johannson. We are in good shape right now.

    For Bosnia, I’d like to see Klinnsman leave most of the MLS/Mexican guys at home and only call up European guys. Would love to see
    Jozy, Johannson;
    Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley, Jones;
    F. Johnson, JAB, Cameron, Chandler;

    With subs like Bedoya, Boyd, Parkhurst, Mix, Shea, Onyewu, Morales, Spector, Dolo, Lichaj, Kljestan, D. Williams, Edu…

    I mean seriously. Every one of those players in playing in Europe.

  4. Chris says:

    Not sure that Corey Ashe or Will Bruin played either. Although Bruin did make an appearance in the friendly against Guatemala.

  5. Howie says:

    You’re right. Ashe was hurt at one point, and I forgot that they didn’t drop him. Bruin played vs. Guatemala which I had as a Gold Cup game in my mind as I typed this up over breakfast.

  6. Rey says:

    Trent, LD would be your only America’s’ based call-up. I would be really excited to see a roster like that but I doubt it would happen. I would add Bobby Wood to your list of potential back ups. Remember a few months ago when people were talking about a Conor O’Brien call-up, so much for that.

  7. Trent Hill says:

    Id actually really like to see Conor O’Brien called up. Bobby Wood is definitely one I should’ve included. Joe Gyau and a few other Germericans could be included too. I typed that up in a fever this morn, lol. Hell, I’d even like to see Eugene Starikov get called up. Why? Because I’m a yanks abroad nerd and he plays in Russia–which is a tough league.

  8. Gregory says:

    Bobby Wood and Joe Gyau can have break out years.

    Aron Jóhannsson adds a needed starting attacking upgrade Aron over Eddie Johnson/Zusi/Shea/Buddle/Gomez/Wondo/Corona. Another World Class forward that can create scoring with Dempsey and Altidore.

    Love the Icelandic Warriors measuring stick stats last season 14 goals in 18 games in Denmark. Counting goal stats in bad leagues can mean nothing, or mostly teamwork. But the my favorite stat is the season stats that earned a transfer. I rate Jóhannsson’s young club success second to only to Altidore.

    Compare Jóhannsson’s Scandinavian stats to Charlie Davies the, last American forward to earn a legit transfer from Scandinavia. Davies 20008 and 2009 Norwegian stats don’t come close to Jóhannsson. Keep in mind Jóhannsson achievements were done at age 21 vs Davies at 22/23.

  9. Trent Hill says:

    Yeah, Aron is going to be a world-class talent, assuming he keeps progressing at this rate. Having him and Jozy leading the line would be massive. Especially when we have players like Bradley, Dempsey, and Donovan behind them. Talk about potent.

  10. jagco says:

    My 23 man roster For Bosnia. A mix of experience and youth. And some guys I think need a look going in to our last 4 qualifiers and Brazil.

    GK: 3
    Howard, Guzan, Johnson

    DEF: 8
    Johnson, Brooks, Besler, Lichaj, Chandler, G. John, Yedlin

    MID: 7
    Bradley, Diskerud, Williams, Donovan, Morales, Gyau, Lletget

    F: 5
    Jozy, Aron, Dempsey, Wood, Green

    My last 2 cut were O’Brien and Spector. I was very impressed with Yedlin at RB in the u20s, so I chose him over Spector. Julian Green is one we need to get involved to get him eventually cap tied, so I went with him over O’brien. I know I left out Jones, but we know what he can do with Bradley. I’d like to use this game to see what Mix can do in the midfield with Bradley.

    I would start this way:
    Lichaj Besler Brooks Chandler
    Johnson Bradley Mix Donovan
    Jozy Dempsey

    Come off the bench with John, Morales, Gyau, Lletget, Green, Aron

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