What's wrong with the US Men's National team?

Dukes & Bell
June 10, 2019 - 3:25 pm

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Jason Longshore joined Dukes & Bell Monday to talk preview the U.S. Open Cup, plus where is the U.S. Men's team rebuild at?

Longshore explained the history of the U.S. Open Cup.

 “Imagine if you had a midseason tournament with the NFL and XFL teams,” Longshore said. “That’s kind of what you’re talking about with the U.S. Open Cup. Your local teams can enter, and if they win they get to play the MLS teams. It’s the oldest trophy in American soccer.”

When asked how many starters could start on Tuesday in Charleston...

“It sounds like we’re going to see quite a few,” Longshore said. “They will be missing Josef Martinez, who is with the Venezulean team, Tito Villalba is getting treatment on his leg, and Barco is out, but should rejoin the team later this week.”

Jason told the guys that all trophies are relevant.

“They are all relevant,” Longshore said. “You do have to rank trophies to a degree because there comes a time when you have to prioritize trophies. Prioritizing Open Cup over MLS cup is not something right now you have to worry about. You have an opportunity to play some guys who need some time with the starters to show what they can do in the lineup.”

Longshore said the U.S. Men’s team rebuild is still in the early stages.

“We’re still early in the first chapter,” Longshore said. “We shouldn’t be. We are in the middle of 2019 and it feels like we still haven’t turned the corner yet. I feel like how the coaching search went there’s a lot of pressure on this Gold Cup. If you don’t get to the final it’s going to feel like a failure.”