Let's face it, Carli Lloyd is gonna be a tough act to follow.
As a result, the U.S. men have a rather sudden chip on their shoulder.
The current holders of the CONCACAF Gold Cup are feeling well nonetheless, having screamed on Guatemala Friday night in their final pre-tournament warmup. Hell, even Timmy Chandler scored. That should count for two!
Chandler, newly-minted skipper Michael Bradley, and New York City's Mix Diskerud join a host of determined Americans looking to repeat as Gold Cup champs and punch their ticket to 2017's FIFA Confederations Cup, the famous showdown among each continental titleholder.
The U.S. missed out on the previous Confed Cup thanks to pesky Mexico.
You know Jurgen Klinsmann ain't havin' none of that this time around.
With no further delay, here's what we've got for you:
- SB Nation's Conor Dowley assesses all the top stories and the state of the U.S. roster.
- Fellow colleague Kevin McCauley identifies tonight's key matchup.
- On the eve of his 100th international cap, captain Michael Bradley reminisces about his five favorite games in the U.S. shirt.
- Finally, before we close the book on the 2015 World Cup for good, don't miss the greatest Tumblr of all time: "Jill Ellis Diary Entries."