The US men’s national team made it through the group stage and into the knockout rounds of this 2021 Gold Cup.
It is good. That is a legit accomplishment for an experimental (and now, more than ever, weirdly unbalanced) roster designed more to test the depth of the pool than to go out there and win this damn thing. But winning the damn thing is still important — Gregg Berhalter has repeatedly stressed that winning is part of the culture he’s rebuilding for this program — and while this group doesn’t seem to be playing the type of soccer that leads to trophies, they are, in fact, still standing.
That matters to me . . .