Three quick thoughts on the U.S.' 4-0 win over Guatemala in their final Gold Cup tuneup Friday in Nashville.
1. U.S. get lopsided win with room to improve
Anyone who expected the U.S. to come out looking like the team that beat the Netherlands and Germany in road friendlies the past month was bound to be disappointed by the Americans' suspect sharpness in the first half.
The early hiccups weren't unexpected; the five European-based players in coach Jurgen Klinsmann's lineup were coming off their...
The United States men's national team beat Guatemala 4-0 in their final exhibition match ahead of the 2015 Gold Cup, with Timmy Chandler's second-half goal from distance and a Panenka penalty kick from Clint Dempsey highlighting the match for the team.
Before that, DeAndre Yedlin's cross in the 18th minute was headed in by Honduras defender Carlos Castrillo for an own goal to give the Americans an early 1-0 lead.
The U.S. pressed forward with some sharp one- and two-touch passing to keep the Guatemalans...
In the end, the win was a comfortable one for the Americans in Nashville, Tennessee. The 4-0 victory over Guatemala looks good on paper, but wasn't nearly as easy as the score line might indicate. A few strong performances stand out from a mostly average game across the rest of the field.
Jurgen Klinsmann used all six of his substitutions, giving him plenty to evaluate ahead of Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Honduras in Frisco, Texas.
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