The U.S. men's national won the Gold Cup on Wednesday night, defeating Jamaica 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Jordan Morris. Here are three takeaways from the match. It now seems that Clint Dempsey's role will continue to be that "super sub" off the bench, and the expectation is for Jozy Altidore and Bobby Wood to lead the attack, with Dempsey starting perhaps from time to time. But Morris deserves a bigger role and he may have just earned it. A tireless attacker, he runs and runs and runs, he gives it his all, he's physical, and he can put the ball away when given the chance. Deployed more as a winger in this one, his speed down the left and awareness helped create a few good chances, and he
Clint Dempsey is an absolute legend for the United States men’s national team, and is arguably the best-ever player to step on the pitch for the stars and stripes. In helping the USMNT win the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup, though, he showed everyone what his best role moving forward is. Dempsey started the semifinal match against Costa Rica on the bench after going 90 minutes against El Salvador in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, not being able to make consecutive big-game starts at this point in his career. What he could do, though was come in in the 66th minute to help push a flagging USMNT attack to the next level, helping take a team that had struggled to make that last push at goal and get it to the winning result it had to achieve.
Stuart Holden has a soft spot for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. "I love this tournament," the Fox Sports broadcaster and former national team midfielder said. "Any time you put on the national team jersey, it's an opportunity." Holden's first opportunity came in the 2009 Gold Cup and he made the most of it, scoring 21 minutes into his international debut, then earning a place on the all-tournament team. Eleven months later, he had a seat on the U.S. charter to South Africa and the World Cup. He's not the only player who used Gold Cup success as a springboard to a World Cup appearance. Since 1993, 17 others came into the continental championship tournament with 10 or fewer international caps but wound