The USA’s Rich History in the Gold CupAs the USA looks to capture a record-tying seventh Gold Cup title this summer, take a look back the MNT’s rich history in the confederation championship
It all began in 1991…
1993: Growing Pains
1996: A Guest Team Arrives
1998: A (Semifinal) Win for the Ages
2000: Undone by Penalties
2002: The Gold Cup Returns Home
2003: Thwarted by Brazil (again)
2005: USA Lifts the Cup in New Jersey
2007: A Repeat of the Sweetest Variety
2009: A Valiant Effort
2011: Heartbreak at the Rose Bowl
2013: USA Lifts Another Trophy at Soldier Field
2015: Fourth-Place Finish
Held in a record 14 venues across the United States and Canada, the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup made another large footprint during the month of July. The U.S. team, however, faltered in their bid to repeat as Gold Cup champions, falling 2-1 to Jamaica at the tournament’s semifinal in Atlanta.
The U.S. began the tournament well enough, defeating Honduras 2-1 in Frisco, Texas before a 1-0 win against Haiti in Foxborough, Mass. Through to the knockout stage, the U.S. played to a 1-1 draw with Panama, ensuring the MNT topped its Gold Cup group for the 12th time in 13 tournaments.
In the quarterfinals, a Clint Dempsey hat trick punctuated the win as the U.S. easily dispatch Cuba 6-0 in Baltimore, setting up the semifinal showdown with Jamaica in Atlanta. Two first half goals from the Reggae Boyz put the U.S. down 2-0 at the break, but Michael Bradley pulled one back quickly in the second half. Despite the goal and constant pressure, Jamaica held on to defeat the U.S. 2-1.
The defeat set up a date in the third place match with Panama, where the U.S. used another goal from Clint Dempsey to reach another 1-1 draw in regulation and extra time before falling 3-2 on penalty kicks. Along with winning the Golden Boot, Dempsey’s seven goals set a new scoring record for a U.S. player at the tournament,