That's a real head-scratcher, it sure didn't seem like it watching the game. To me it seemed like they got dominated. Would have been funny if they won it in that last minute of stoppage when they had a few chances.
So I went out on a field and started kicking a ball yesterday and got excited so I was back today, and got into shooting a lot. As my shot started to come back I got so into it and tried the swerve and top spin (didn't do too well on that one though) and pure power shots. And ****ing hell, I forgot how much heat the ankles take so now my ankle is so damn sore, also the muscle close to the shinbone, ouch.
Do Europeans generally take our Gold Cup seriously or do they kind of snicker at it?
CONCACAF is a young region. The Gold Cup used to have invites from South America. In fact, the US beat Brazil in a GC match in the late 90s.
The winner of the 2007 and 2011 GC got an invite to the Confederations Cup which is big deal. The winner of the 2009 got nothing for winning, which makes it a joke.
The rules have changed where the winners of the GC in 2013 and 2015 will face off in a home-and-home matchup to determine who gets to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup. No idea what happens if the same team wins both (I assume they get the invite but i dont know).
I know the future of the Gold Cup will include 16 nations in 4 groups. While this format includes more "minnows" it also will eliminate a 3rd place group team from advancing which is a major improvement.