Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  By By Jamie Trecker  |  Last updated 7/28/13
July was supposed to be a minor diversion: a group of fringe players and B-listers, playing in a tournament stripped of its meaning. A summer frivolity - perhaps even a waste of time. We may look back instead and see the 2013 Gold Cup , and the USA's fifth win in this continental tournament , as a major step forward for a national team that had looked lost only four months prior. It was only March when the Americans looked a team in disarray. An unflattering portrayal of the team and its manager, Jurgen Klinsmann, had just been published by the Sporting News. Few argued with the substance of the report, and the team looked to be on the verge of implosion. Fast forward to now. The Americans have won eleven games in a row - a record for the USA and a major achievement for any national team. They raised their fifth Gold Cup title after gritting out an ugly but deserved 1-0 win over Panama. If all goes to plan, the Americans will punch their ticket to the 2014 World Cup by September ...
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