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US wins Gold Cup!

Monday Musings...

It's a good day to be Jurgen Klinsmann. Not only did the U.S. team roll through the Gold Cup (outscoring opponents 20-4) and win the final 1-0 over Panama on Sunday, but clearly, there is finally some depth for him to work with. The big question now is who does he bring back from this Gold Cup team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers in September? Remember, this was largely the U.S. "B'' team in the Gold Cup, although many players took advantage of the audition and made great cases for inclusion on the "A'' team.

Landon Donovan definitely will be back, and starting, come September. He had a brilliant tournament with five goals, seven assists and his energy and passing made a huge difference. He was voted Gold Cup MVP, and he and Klinsmann seem to have patched up whatever issues they had over Donovan's self-imposed sabbatical last winter.

Who else should be invited for the September games? Alejandro Bedoya, who grew up in Weston, stood out, particularly in the semifinal (2 assists) and final, where his cross led to Brek Shea's winning goal. Shea (what's with that hairdo?) also had big moments and scored some clutch goals. Eddie Johnson proved to be a dangerous target, though he's probably still kicking himself for not scoring from close range on a perfect Shea pass against Panama. And what about Mix Diskerud? The guy was all over the place, tons of energy, involved in plays all over the field. Goalkeeper Nick Rimando (formerly of the Miami Fusion) wasn't tested too much, but when he was, he came up big. Does he have a shot to go as a backup to Tim Howard?

What do YOU think? Who impressed you the past few weeks? Does the US team's 11-game win streak have you excited for the World Cup next summer? You happy with Klinsmann? We want to hear your thoughts...

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