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The United States men failed to follow the example of American women, showing just how far they are from success. Jonathan Dos Santos scored in the 73rd minute, and Mexico beat the United States 1-0 Sunday night to win its record eighth title in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
The United States was outplayed during the second half by 79th-ranked Curacao but managed to advance to the CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinals with a 1-0 win behind Weston McKennie’s goal in the 25th minute. The defending champion U.S. extended its Gold Cup winning streak to nine and will play Jamaica on Wednesday at Nashville, Tennessee, in the second semifinal, a night after Mexico faces Haiti at Glendale, Arizona. The U.S. reached the semifinals for the 10th straight Gold Cup.
Newcomer Tyler Boyd scored two goals to guide the United States past Guyana 4-0 to start the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, getting the national team back on track in its first competitive game in 20 months. Boyd made his U.S. debut in 3-0 loss to Venezuela on June 9. Paul Arriola had a goal and an assist, and Weston McKennie had two assists before leaving with an injury. Gyasi Zardes also scored for the Americans, who dominated play against 177th-ranked Guyana.
U.S. midfielder and defender Tyler Adams will miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup because of an injured groin, the third regular starter who will not be available to the struggling American team. Adams has acute chronic groin issues requiring 6 to 8 weeks of recovery. He was replaced on the roster by Dallas defender Reggie Cannon. Starters DeAndre Yedlin and John Brooks are hurt and missing the tournament. Sebastian Lletget, who was contending to start in midfield, also is sidelined.
Josh Sargent has been dropped from the U.S. roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup after being picked to train with the national team instead of joining the Americans at the Under-20 World Cup. The 19-year-old forward failed to convert any chances in a 1-0 exhibition loss to Jamaica and was among seven cuts. Midfielders Christian Pulisic and Tyler Adams are on the roster after being given permission to report late following their European club seasons.
Carlos Vela, Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Hector Herrera and Jesus Corona were left off Mexico’s preliminary roster for the CONCACAF Gold Cup by new coach Gerardo Martino. Vela’s omission was the biggest surprise. He leads Major League Soccer with 12 goals for LAFC. Hernandez is expecting his first child this summer, and Martino told Chicharito he should remain with his wife.
American defender DeAndre Yedlin may miss the CONCACAF Gold Cup following surgery to repair a chronic groin injury. The U.S. Soccer Federation says the 25-year-old right back had surgery on his left groin Tuesday in Philadelphia and it is not clear whether he will heal in time for the Gold Cup. The U.S. opens its title defense against Guyana on June 18. Yedlin made 28 starts and one substitute appearance for Newcastle in the Premier League this season.
Jordan Morris scored a tiebreaking goal in the 88th minute, and the United States beat Jamaica 2-1 for its sixth CONCACAF Gold Cup title and first since 2013. Jozy Altidore’s goal on a 28-yard free kick in the 45th minute beat backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller after Jamaica captain Andre Blake left with a hand injury. Je-Vaughn Watson tied the score in the 50th off Kemar Lawrence’s corner kick.
With his quick wit off the field and demanding nature on it, U.S. national team coach Bruce Arena has instilled a calm and a swagger that the U.S. squad so desperately needed, and that has bred success again. On Wednesday night, he could become the first to coach three CONCACAF Gold Cup titles if the Americans can beat surprising Jamaica. The U.S. won under Arena in 2002 and ‘05.
Kemar Lawrence scored on an exquisite 24-yard free kick in the 88th minute, and Jamaica advanced to the CONCACAF Gold Cup final with a 1-0 upset victory over Mexico on Sunday night.
Clint Dempsey fed Jozy Altidore for the go-ahead goal, then scored on a free kick to match Landon Donovan’s American record with his 57th international goal and lead the United States over Costa Rica 2-0 and into the CONCACAF Gold Cup championship game. The 34-year-old Dempsey entered in the 66th minute, assisted in the 72nd and scored in the 82nd.
Clint Dempsey is back in his home state of Texas, one goal away from a national scoring record and one win from playing in another CONCACAF Gold Cup final with his United States teammates. The Americans play a semifinal game against Costa Rica in a stadium synonymous with American football – the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys. Dempsey is one goal from matching Landon Donovan’s American record of 57 national team goals.
Pushing and shoving? Of course. Pinching? Borderline. But biting? Retired stars Landon Donovan, Alexi Lalas and Steve McManaman said lengthy suspensions are needed to stop players from sinking their teeth into opponents, as El Salvadorans did against Americans Jozy Altidore and Omar Gonzalez in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Omar Gonzalez and Eric Lichaj scored late in the first half and the United States beat El Salvador 2-0 in an ugly CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal in which defender Henry Romero appeared to bite Jozy Altidore on the back of a shoulder and pull the American forward’s nipple. Canadian referee Drew Fischer did not penalize the incident, which occurred during a skirmish on the goal line in the 58th minute ahead of a U.S. corner kick. Altidore fell to the ground but remained in the game.
Asked to wear a Darth Vader costume at his introductory news conference with Pachuca, American Omar Gonzalez becomes defensive force. He is among the players trying to impress coach Bruce Arena at the CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. plays El Salvador in a quarterfinal.
Angel Sepulveda and Edson Alvarez scored and Mexico held on to beat Curacao 2-0 on Sunday night at the Alamodome to win Group C in the CONCACAF Gold Cup and continue its bid for a fourth championship in five years.
Matt Miazga scored on a closer-range header from Graham Zusi’s corner kick in the 88th minute, giving the United States first place in its CONCACAF Gold Cup group with a 3-0 victory over Nicaragua. Joe Corona and Kelyn Rowe also scored for the U.S., but Dom Dwyer and Corona took poor penalty kicks in the second half that easily were saved by Justo Lorente.
Kellyn Acosta is a young and talented midfielder looking to make the most of another opportunity to shine on the international soccer stage for the United States. The U.S. faces Martinique in Tampa, Florida, on Wednesday night in its second match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Acosta and his teammates are intent on making amends for a subpar performance in last weekend’s 1-1 tie against Panama.
Dom Dwyer scored for the second straight game but Miguel Camargo’s goal gave Panama a 1-1 tie against the United States, the first time the Americans failed to win their opener in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The U.S. plays Martinique on Wednesday at Tampa, Florida.
This already has been a year full of transition and triumph for Dax McCarty. He has responded to a surprising trade by reversing the Chicago Fire’s fortunes in Major League Soccer. He also is trying to make the most of his new opportunity on the international stage as the U.S. opens CONCACAF Gold Cup competition against Panama in Nashville, Tennessee.