Gold Cup: USMNT vs. El Salvador in Quarterfinals

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 19, 2017

It just won the Confederations Cup with a B-minus team with Julian Draxler as its captain and best player. Surely, Dempsey remains to be the a scorer for the United States. "This is the knockout rounds now, so it's one game at a time for everybody". Expect an electric atmosphere, with thousands of fans from all four nations in the house. Could he have done anything more to ensure he plays a role in World Cup Qualifying when September rolls around?

What Dwyer's exclusion from the group stage means is that Arena can't experiment with Dwyer playing up front with Altidore and/or Dempsey.

In fact, no one along the back line distinguished himself. Obviously it's game by game. "There are some good teams". There are other good teams like Costa Rica and Panama. Instead, tournament regulations state that the new additions must wear numbers 24-29. Just two more goals were needed to avoid the gauntlet. Besler, in particular, played well and succeeded with his passing out of the back.

"All of (the decisions) are difficult because all of the players did well", Arena said. Especially if the attack can find the rhythm that was lacking in the group stage. The Americans tied their first match against Panama at 1-1.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

If the German national team lost in the quarterfinals to Mexico, the media covering the team would not have destroyed the team like the U.S. media would.

Would things be different if the U.S. hadn't called in the cavalry? With three defenders closely shadowing him, Van Kessel was forced to blast an attempt that sailed high over the goal.

Hernandez squandered their next opportunity, stepping past his defender before firing straight at Room from inside the area, and Jair Pereira also hit the crossbar. It seems likely that Arena will go with a two-forward set at least part of the time.

"We're bringing in some experienced players, players of quality, and that only helps our team", Arena said.

For all that Arena has fixed since Klinsmann was fired, there's still plenty of work left to do. We've taken penalties, we did that today. French Guiana, finally, have been, um, active. But injuries to Johan Venegas, Joel Campbell, Cristian Gamboa and Bryan Oviedo have weakened "Los Ticos" enough for an improving Panama to upset them.

Coming off a 2-0 loss to El Salvador, Curacao made five changes as Shanon Carmelia, Ayrton Statie, Michael Maria, Quenten Martinus and Gino van Kessel started in place of Quentin Jakoba, Gillian Justiana, Jurien Gaari, Rangelo Janga and Elson Hooi.

"He's is a young goalkeeper". Collectively, they scored 11 goals and conceded just three during their six group-stage games. They have, without question, earned future national team looks.

"When you play so many less-experienced and younger players together, it's difficult", Arena said in a video interview released by the USSF.

Then, another penalty. This time a hand ball.

This should be the most even and entertaining of the four matchups, with both sides holding realistic expectations of reaching the semifinals. He'd be a great role model for youngsters Adam Najem and newly-signed Anthony Fontana.

Canada and Jamaica are the kinds of teams for which the Gold Cup really matters.

It won't be easy, though.

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