CONCACAF Gold Cup

Understrength U.S. perseveres to reach Gold Cup final

July 23, 2009
CarlisleBy Jeff Carlisle, ESPNsoccernet
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So what does it mean exactly if what can charitably be described as a U.S. "B" team reaches the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup? It might not say much for the quality in the rest of the region, but you still have to give U.S. coach Bob Bradley and his players credit for getting the job done during their 2-0 semifinal win over Honduras.

The fact is that the Americans didn't have any control over who they played against or what players their opponents chose to bring along. What they could ...

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