The soccer news starts with the USMNT’s 4-0 shutout of Guyana in the Gold Cup. There’s no use flattering the opponent. This was a game that would always be about how the US won. That’s Guyana’s situation throughout the group D schedule, an over-matched team trying to take something away from the tournament. Against the USMNT, that takeaway was only being down a goal at halftime.
For the USMNT, what they carry with them to Cleveland is the ability to get a job done. USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s tactical choices need stronger competition. Without that, we don’t know what he really has in mind or what the USMNT can do under pressure in a game that counts. Against Guyana, they showed an ability to create chances. Taking full advantage of those chances is still an issue, but so is what a first-choice Berhalter team really looks like.