After Friday night’s comfortable 4-0 friendly win over Guatemala, the US national team clearly took it upon themselves to celebrate American Independence Day in style.
With 4 July festivities in full swing across the States, LA Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes took to Instagram to post the above photo of himself, goalkeepers Brad Guzan and Nick Rimando, DeAndre Yedlin and Graham Zusi all dressed up to represent the stars and stripes in unashamed fashion.
Whether a pair of revolutionary soldiers, Apollo Creed, Uncle Sam and Elvis could combine to beat Honduras in Tuesday’s CONCACAF Gold Cup opener is up for debate but, amid a run of four straight victories, confidence in the camp certainly seems to be at an all-time high.
In addition, with that set of recent results including back-to-back comebacks win over the Netherlands and world champions Germany, respectively, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side look like an excellent bet to both defend their 2013 title and seal a place in the 2017 Confederations Cup in the process.
That said, the head coach was not entirely pleased with his team’s performance in their final warm-up game on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee, telling US Soccer at the final whistle: “Result? Nice. Obviously 4-0 sounds really nice. Performance? Not so nice. I’m not happy with that performance.
“I’m kind of disappointed with a couple things: movement off the ball, speed of play, urgency … things that we talked about before were not executed the way we wanted them to be executed.
“We were lucky to not get a tie, certainly at the beginning of the second half. If it’s 1-1, it’s a whole different ball game. It looks really nice at 4-0, but we have a lot of work ahead of us.”
Perhaps the added boost of patriotism has come just at the right time then.