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Darrell Lovell

Currently cover the Houston Dynamo for MLSsoccer.com. Follow me on twitter at @Dynamoexaminer.

USMNT Outclassed by Relentless Spain

When the U.S. scheduled today’s fixture with Spain they likely felt it would be a good tune up for a team destined to fight it out with Mexico for CONCACAF supremacy in the coming weeks. Spain got a brace from Santi Cazorla and goals from Negredo and Fernando Torres to down the host 4-0 ahead of their Gold Cup opener against Canada on Tuesday. What happened in Boston today was nothing less than a confidence shaker. Playing most of the match with their reserves, the U.S. were undone by a four goal performance from the reigning world champions on the backs of a number of outstanding performances from a mix of Spain’s “A” and “B” level players.

Examining the Gold Cup Group Stage: Who’ll be alive June 18th?

With the Gold Cup starting Sunday with Costa Rica v. Cuba and Mexico v. El Salvador it’s time to take a look at the groups and peek at who are in line to earn the right to get to the knockout stages. While the favorites in each group may be easy to point out – although group B is wide open – I’ll take a stab at picking who will be alive in the tournament June 18th for the Quarterfinals.

CONCACAF stars in the shop window at the Gold Cup

With the CONCACAF Gold Cup just days away from starting there’s an opportunity for players from around the region to use the regional tournament as an individual showcase. What players can make the most of the opportunity? Here’s a look at some players who can profit from a big month of June representing their country and parlay that success to the club level.

Chicharito Looking To Become 3rd CONCACAF Player to Play In and Win Final

Saturday’s final between Manchester United and FC Barcelona has a number of storylines. For those in the CONCACAF region one storyline that sticks out is the inclusion and impact that Mexican sensation Chicharito can make on Saturday’s championship. While the Mexican’s ascent into stardom will receive a boost from winning the finale Saturday he’s not the first player from the CONCACAF region to play in the final. So who are the other two players who’ve taken part in the UEFA Champions League Final?

Five Thoughts on U.S. Gold Cup Roster

After a little bit of a wait Bob Bradley released the U.S.’ Gold Cup roster and there were a few surprises included. With that in mind here are five or thoughts about the U.S. roster and how it affects their chances in the championship.

Gold Cup Challengers: Which nation can make noise in June?

While the Gold Cup has traditionally been a battle between Mexico and the United States the coming edition has the best chance to yield a different finalist in quite some time. Honduras, Costa Rica, Canada and Jamaica are all legitimate threats in the tournament and are capable of beating either favorite in a knockout stage game. Let’s look at the group of challengers and see what they offer and how much of a threat they are for the cup

Breaking Down the CONCACAF Gold Cup Favorites: A look at the United States and...

CONCACAF’s regional championship is just two and half weeks away and two teams are the clear favorites to take the Gold Cup and a coveted spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup in Brazil. Those two teams: the United States and Mexico. These two teams are the deepest and most talented squads in the North and Central American region, but which is the favorite? Heading into the tournament – which starts in Dallas, TX June 5th – a poll would likely come out split. With that being the case, let’s take a look at each team.