CONCACAF announced yesterday that the winner of this year’s Gold Cup will qualify for a playoff match to determined which team represents the region at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup. The winner of the 2015 Gold Cup will be the other team in the playoff. President of CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb summarized the new playoff aspect.
This novel CONCACAF Gold Cup playoff format for the FIFA Confederations Cup is an essential and perhaps long due adjustment required to enhance the crown jewel of national team competitions within our Confederation. This innovative resolution will allow the Champion of every single Gold Cup edition to have the same competitive opportunity to represent CONCACAF at the international level.
The changes should increase the competitiveness of the Gold Cup, although many speculate that the U.S. roster will still be largely experimental. It is still a nice twist by CONCACAF.
Dignitaries with U.S. Soccer made their rounds yesterday in New York City to celebrate the exact day of the 100th anniversary of U.S. Soccer. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann said that he felt the effort against Costa Rica was good in the first half, but there was not much that could have been done to increase the offensive effort in the second half on three inches of snow. Klinsmann also commented on Landon Donovan and the pressure in the U.S. based on a potential lack of soccer awareness.
Look at Landon … if he has a bad game here, maybe he won’t be bothered going the next day to the Whole Foods market to get his groceries. If you have a bad day in London, Milan or where I lived, you might not go to the market the next day.
Coach Klinsmann also appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in which he was introduced as one of the greatest international players of all time.
Major League Soccer started their weekend last night as Sporting Kansas City beat D.C. United with a Claudio Bieler goal in the 90th minute. Stay here for a full recap of the match, but take a look at this great team play spurred by Soony Saad for the clinching goal.
Omar Gonzalez and the LA Galaxy are off this weekend as they prepare for their second leg in the CONCACAF Champions League semifinal. Charles Boehm takes a look at the crazy road Gonzalez has been on to get to the U.S. National Team.
Finally we leave you with a look at Montreal’s Stade Saputo in the snow.