The last of the 23-man roster has just departed for the airport in Johannesburg, silver medals and memories in hand of what was and what might have been, and more importantly, what there is to come. The U.S. team has spent the last week stunning the soccer world, and has but a moment to catch its breath before the next journey begins.
It's already almost time to get back in the saddle for the U.S. national team as a host of players are given the opportunity of a lifetime - to demonstrate in a real competition that they have something to contribute to a side determined to qualify and compete in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We are less than a week away from the start of the 2009 CONCACAF Gold Cup, where the U.S. seeks to defend back-to-back titles. The group gathers in Seattle beginning tomorrow evening in preparation for the opening match on July 4 against Grenada. The coaching staff will be on the ground for less than four hours before the start of the first meeting.