On the international front, there's a lot of soccer going on right now, so let's do a quick omnibus recap of former Chivas USA players in recent days.
First, former Homegrown player Marky Delgado started and went the distance in the United States' 1-0 win over Colombia at the U-20 World Cup in the wee hours of Wednesday morning in New Zealand. The result, which included an early departure to former Chivas USA Academy player Bradford Jamieson IV due to a scary injury, a red card by Kellyn Acosta and a saved PK to preserve the result by goalkeeper Zach Steffen, means the Americans advance to the quarterfinals, where they'll face Serbia late Saturday night.
In other news, former Goat 'keeper Brad Guzan started a pair of friendlies for the senior U.S. Men's National Team, resulting in a 4-3 win over the Netherlands in Amsterdam last week and a 2-1 win over Germany in Cologne on Wednesday. Another former CUSA player, Juan Agudelo, started and played 45 minutes in the win over Germany. It's not every day the U.S. beats two top-class opponents back-to-back, although the U.S. did defeat Germany in a friendly back in 2013 (albeit one held in the U.S.). Perhaps the biggest surprise of all was that the same person, Bobby Wood, who had not exactly covered himself in glory in previous USMNT appearances, scored the winning goal late in both games.
Guzan and Agudelo, as well as one-time CUSA forward Alan Gordon, were named to the provisional U.S. squad for the Gold Cup. The 35-man roster has to be trimmed down to 23 for the tournament, and while Guzan is pretty much assured a spot, and Agudelo seems likely to be on the final roster, Gordon will be a wild card. And sometimes, Jurgen Klinsmann likes wild cards.
Several other former Goats were named to other national teams' provisional rosters for the Gold Cup. Defender Michael Umana was named to Costa Rica's provisional squad. Umana starred for los Ticos at the World Cup last year, so he'll likely be included in the final Gold Cup squad.
Roberto Nurse was named to Panama's provisional roster, and Gerson Mayen made the provisional squad for El Salvador, who are finally starting to find some footing after the matchfixing scandal that tore apart their senior team two years back.
And a player from last year, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, was named to Haiti's provisional roster. As far as I'm aware, he hasn't declared to play for Haiti, but it doesn't look like he'll get the nod for the United States, so he may cast his lot with the Haitians, and perhaps as soon as this tournament.
On another front, former CUSA attacker Miller Bolanos will be part of the Ecuador squad for the Copa America, which begins Thursday afternoon with Ecuador in action. We'll write more about that in a separate post. But for despite the atrocious reputation of Chivas USA, they do seem to have at least a few ok players in their history, right?
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