USMNT might have finally turned a corner in Gold Cup action

The fear and questions surrounding the American team were somewhat put at ease over the weekend. After struggling to put away much lesser sides in the previous few weeks, the U.S. smashed lowly Cuba (who was missing quite a number of players due to supposed defections) with a 6-0 win and a hat trick from Dempsey Saturday in the quarterfinals. The win was the largest victory of the round, which also saw two matches go into extra time and one of those had to be decided by penalties, and it sends a message to the other three teams remaining: the United States might just be turning a corner in this tournament.

MLS needs to start playing more matches each week

After the U.S. men's national team's disappointing exit in the Round of 16 in the World Cup, U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann had a fairly simple message for Major League Soccer in helping develop talent for the USMNT. "We need to add the work load," he said in a Facebook post. "We need to add the competition level. We need to make them understand what recovery time means."

U.S. loses battle, wins war in advancing to knockout round

The U.S. need just one point in their match against Germany Thursday to advance to the knockout round. That point never came. But thanks to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1 at the same time, the United States are headed to the round of 16 and a date with Belgium to decide who's advancing to the quarterfinals. And as one ESPN commentator said, "the U.S. lost battle, but won the war."

One point separates U.S. from knockout round

On Sunday it was three points. Today it's one point. That's all that separates the United States from a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, an impressive feat considering they were drawn into the proverbial "Group of Death". But as it was against Portugal, accomplishing this feat will be no small task against a German side that might be the first European country to win the tournament in South America.

U.S. has to survive injuries, heat, Portugal to put themselves in great position to advance

Three points. One win. That's all that separates the U.S. national team and getting to the Round of 16 out of the proverbial "Group of Death". It's all that separates them from something no one outside of the country could have ever predicted when the World Cup draw was held in December.

US national team starting to come around

The U.S. Men's National Soccer Team is back baby! Well, maybe not quite fully back. But no matter how you classify this last set of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying matches, the good ole US of A is looking much better than they have during this qualifying cycle. The Americans have gained six points in their qualifying group, beat the Germans (albeit their "B" team), but did lose to Belgium at home.