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Gold Cupdate and Open Thread - United States vs. Canada

CHICAGO - OCTOBER 9: Fans of the USA soccer team cheer during their match against Poland on October 9, 2010 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - OCTOBER 9: Fans of the USA soccer team cheer during their match against Poland on October 9, 2010 at Soldier Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)
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Well, I'm choosing to forget last Saturday's 'game' against Spain. It's time for the United States of America to take on the boys up north in their first game of the Gold Cup group stage. I'm still not convinced that this team has what it takes to win the whole thing, but they should be able to defeat all of the other teams in their group.

Having Landon Donovan back today will certainly help the USA's cause, as well as having guys like Clint Dempsey and Micheal Bradley actually start the match instead of being forced into only playing 45 uninspiring minutes against the best team in the world. I'm still not convinced on our forwards, with the fat Robbie Findley Jozy Altidore still riding the coat-tails of a decent 2009 even though he's done absolutely nothing since and Chris Wondolowski looking completely out of his element last match.

Canada is a surprisingly strong team considering the usually lackluster play we've come to expect from their countries national football team. Dwayne De Rosario has been one of the most dangerous players in MLS for years now and Will Johnson is part of that solid Real Salt Lake team we've seen all season long. Fortunately though, even with those two guys in their midfield the United States is the better team overall in the middle with plenty of depth after Donovan, Dempsey, Bradley and guys like Freddy Adu and Maurice Edu.

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