Fuel Soccer Talk: U.S. advances in Gold Cup; Americans getting bad press in England; Neville says England held to higher standards

Playing catch up on a Monday morning!

Gold Cup: U.S. tops Curacao 1-0 to advance to semifinals

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated Curaçao 1-0 on Sunday to advance to the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinals behind Weston McKennie’s 25th-minute tally. The victory in front of 26,233 fans at Lincoln Financial Field was a USMNT record ninth in a row in Gold Cup play.

The win earned the USA a semifinal date with Jamaica, which defeated Panama 1-0 in the day’s earlier match. Kickoff from Nissan Stadium in Nashville for the second USA-Jamaica semifinal in the last three editions of the Gold Cup is set for 9:30 p.m. ET. The game, a rematch of the 2017 Gold Cup final, will be broadcast on FS1, Univision and UDN.

U.S. head coach Gregg Berhalter returned to the starting XI that began the opening pair of Group D matches for the USA, while handing the captain’s armband to Christian Pulisic for the first time in 2019 – the ninth different player to captain the U.S. this year as Berhalter continues to spread leadership duties among the players.


USA – Weston McKennie (Christian Pulisic), 25th minute: Pulisic received the ball on a run down the left sideline and cut toward goal. He juked his defender with a quick feint before lofting a cross to the back post where McKennie put his headed shot inside the right stick for the game winner. USA 1, CUA 0 [WATCH] FINAL


Who is the favorite to win the Gold Cup?


English press calling out Americans as “too arrogant”

Let’s face it, the best teams are usually not the most likable. There are plenty of examples – the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Yankees, Michael Jordan’s Chicago Bulls, the Red Army Detroit Red Wings, Manchester United, Liverpool, etc. Many of these teams were despised just for being so much better than their competition. People will find flaws and reasons to hate especially if you dominate your sport. And there is a little bit of that going on now with the U.S. women’s soccer team as they head into their semifinal match with England at 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Is it 100 percent jealousy? Or are some of the reasons legit? That’s up to you to decide.

Here is an interesting take from the other side of the pond on the U.S. women’s soccer team. Just remember, it’s easy not to like the favorite!

Are these US World Cup stars just TOO arrogant?

Make sure you read the comments too – a lot of bitterness going on in England!

Phil Neville: “It’s not something England would do”

A couple members of the USWNT staff scouted England’s hotel as a potential venue for if they reach the Women’s World Cup Final. England coach Phil Neville said it was “bad etiquette” and that England would never do that.

Is this even a story or just something for the press to cover on an off day?

LET’S TALK: OK, now you’ve read what’s on my mind…what are your thoughts on the above or any other “football” happenings?

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