With the Gold Cup approaching, the US Men's National Team are beginning preparations as they hope to equal Mexico's tally of six titles.
Jurgen Klinsmann's men faced the Dutch last week and shocked the world by clamoring back from 3-1 down to win 4-3 in stoppage time. Wednesday's friendly against World Champions Germany was even more impressive than the victory last week as Bobby Wood again popped up to score a late winner for the United States. The friendlies marked the first time the United States had won in both the Netherlands and Germany.
Klinsmann announced his 35-man provisional roster ahead of the tournament on Wednesday and will have big decisions to make in order to see who will find a place in the final squad. The main question for the squad is: what can we expect from the USA?
The United States are favorites and with good reason. After an impressive World Cup, the Americans have kept up their good form but not without some bumps along the way. Losses to Denmark and Ireland won't be forgotten but the recent victories in Amsterdam and Cologne should not be overlooked.
The team look as though they won't give up in any situation and every player is proving their worth to Klinsmann. The head coach is tasked with picking his best squad but with the way everyone is playing, he'll have a "good" headache regarding selection. The likes of Bobby Wood, Mix Diskerud and John Brooks, among others, have emerged as likely candidates to be picked and they have performed at the top level in front of their coach.
The United States are in a very good position ahead of the Gold Cup and with confidence higher than ever, and there is a good chance glory awaits the Americans in July. They should manage their group comfortably before having to worry about Costa Rica and their ever present rivals, Mexico. Klinsmann will be delighted with his team so far, as should many, while they continue to grind out great results both home and away.
The talent pool has been greatly expanded by Klinsmann and as youth begins to merge into the squad and mix with the experience of Michael Bradley, Brad Guzan and Clint Dempsey to name but a few, the future is bright for the United States. Equalling Mexico's six Gold Cup titles will boost confidence and they are more than capable of winning this summer.