USA scrape past world No 79 Curacao and into Gold Cup semi-finals

Weston McKennies first-half goal gave the United States a 1-0 win over Curacao in Philadelphia to put the defending champions into the Gold Cup semi-finals The United States were outplayed during the second-half by 79th-ranked Curacao but managed to advance to the Gold Cup semi-finals with a 1-0 win on Sunday night behind Weston McKennies 25th-minute goal. The defending champions extended their Gold Cup winning streak to nine and will play Jamaica in Wednesdays semi-final in Nashville. The US reached the semi-finals for the 10th straight Gold Cup. Mexico and Haiti play in the other semi-final. Christian Pulisic captained the US for the second time and provided an exquisite pass for McKennies goal. The 20-year-old cut in from the flank …

At least the stumbling US men’s team don’t need to worry about overcelebrating

The US have fielded weakened teams in their two recent defeats. But even so their performances have lacked intensity, fluidity … and goals with two whiteboards and three data analysts. Its a very detailed system, former Crew and US defender Michael Parkhurst is still in a learning moment 20 months after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad that saw the US fail to reach a World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. Still, these were only Berhalters fifth and sixth matches in charge, and hes had very little time with a full-strength roster. Hes entitled to experiment and its not his fault that US Soccer waited so long to appoint a permanent coach, strangely allowing the team to play …