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Pulisic aggressive, intelligent, influential in USMNT's win over Trinidad

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter explains how his team went from underperforming in pre-tournament friendlies to scoring ten goals in their first two Gold Cup matches.
USMNT players Aaron Long, Gyasi Zardes and Paul Arriola spoke after their Trinidad and Tobago victory as their eyes are firmly fixed on their next opponent, Panama.

The United States faced a step up in competition in its second group-stage match in the Gold Cup on Saturday night and responded to the challenge with a convincing 6-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in Cleveland. The possibility of getting revenge against the team that knocked the U.S. out of World Cup qualifying two years ago dominated discussion heading into the game, although the emphatic nature of the win was more about reclaiming confidence following the intervening period of stagnation.

Positives

Ruthlessness....

U.S. doesn't want revenge vs. Trinidad and Tobago after World Cup woe. It just wants to win the Gold Cup

BEREA, Ohio -- "Revenge is for suckers. I've been griftin' for 30 years, I never got any."

Paul Newman's character Henry Gondorff said it in the movie "The Sting," and the same sentiment holds true for the U.S. men's national team ahead of its Gold Cup group stage game against Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday night.

It was the Soca Warriors who defeated the U.S. 2-1 on that infamous night in Couva, Trinidad in 2017, a result that knocked the Americans out of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup....

Boyd sees U.S. past Guyana, but tougher tests are to come in Gold Cup

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Guyana was always going to be one of those no-win situations for the United States men's national team.

Win big, and the response was always going to be: "Well, it's Guyana." Win by a less-than-flattering scoreline -- or, God forbid, fail to secure maximum points -- and the worst assumptions about Gregg Berhalter's team that have accumulated over the past 20 months would be confirmed.

- Ratings: Boyd lands 8/10 in win
- Roundtable: Should USMNT...

Boyd emerges with 8/10 showing as U.S. stars struggle to victory

Paul Arriola talks about his Gold Cup opener and Tyler Boyd reflects on how he was able to be so successful in the United States' attack.

While it was never comfortable, the United States opened up its Gold Cup defense on Tuesday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, with a 4-0 win over tournament debutants Guyana. After taking a one-goal lead into halftime, the Americans put in three more goals in the second half to secure maximum points.

Positives

Following two warm-up friendlies that ended in losses and no goals scored, the clean sheet and the offensive output are significant positives for Gregg Berhalter's team. The needed confidence...

U.S. has big issues to fix but is going one Gold Cup game at a time, starting with Guyana

MINNEAPOLIS -- Over the years, style of play has been a steady source of debate as it relates to the U.S. men's national team. The question usually centers on if the U.S. ever will reach the point where it, more often than not, plays on the front foot and dominates opponents. Or will it remain a team content to defend and counter?

Much of this is specific to the opponent, but many a U.S. manager has wrestled with this dilemma before usually deciding that against the best teams, a pragmatic,...

Freddy Adu exclusive: 'I'm not ready to give it up'

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno explains why Freddy Adu was unable to turn his promise into an illustrious professional career.
Freddy Adu isn't done with his playing career yet. He's working out and focusing on teaching kids to make the most of their potential.

One Friday evening late last month, after the rain had come and gone, Freddy Adu drove his black Cadillac sedan into a parking lot in the Locust Point neighborhood of South Baltimore. He walked to a field where some 13-year-old boys in red and white jerseys were kicking around a soccer ball. "There's Freddy," one of them said. "Hey, Freddy!"

Soon Adu was leading them through a drill. Each would take a turn sending him a pass and then sprinting off to the right. With a single deft touch, Adu would...