5 Ways the Gold Cup Will Benefit the USMNT's World Cup Campaign

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5 Ways the Gold Cup Will Benefit the USMNT's World Cup Campaign
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The wizard weaves his spell.

The USMNT steamrolled CONCACAF midgets Guatemala, Belize and Cuba. We could rightly expect this of our national team, though history demonstrates that the Nats often play down to the level of their competition.

Jurgen Klinsmann’s team will get a slightly sterner test when it faces World Cup qualifying foe Costa Rica in the final game of group play and move on to the second round of the Gold Cup.

Even though version 2.0 of the USMNT is performing at a consistently high level, only a handful of these players will be on the final World Cup roster. So what benefit can the U.S. Men’s National Team possibly get from blowing out overmatched CONCACAF minnows?

Or, more importantly, how does the Gold Cup tournament advance the cause of the U.S. as they finish qualifying and preparing for the FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil?

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