Gold Cup: USMNT wraps up Group A play against 2013 finalist Panama


Gold Cup: USMNT wraps up Group A play against 2013 finalist Panama

Following slender victories against Honduras and Haiti, Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. national team concludes Group A play as a re-match of the 2013 Gold Cup final takes place against regional foes Panama on Monday night.

Los Canaleros, who currently sit in second place with two points - one ahead of Haiti and Honduras - could guarantee their advancement to the knockout stages with a win against the U.S. Anything less, however, and their fate would hinge on other results.

The Americans, meanwhile secured the top spot in the the group after an opening win over a dynamic Honduran outfit and Friday's triumph over an athletic and uncompromising Haiti. 

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Klinsmann's group has punched below their weight in the biennial competition thus far. A nervy display against Honduras gave rise to some concern regarding the team's resourcefulness in the attack and defensive malleability.  

Friday's quarterfinal-clinching victory didn't exactly put anyone's mind to rest either. Lack of continuity - due in large part to Klinsmann's tinkering of the starting lineup that included a glaring seven changes - reared its head before Clint Dempsey's third goal of the tournament ensured the U.S.'s passage to the last eight.

With a clearer path set in stone, squad rotation could be a talking point once again. Klinsmann, who's used 19 of his 23 available players, hinted midfielders Alejandro Bedoya and Alfredo Morales - the only fieldplayers yet to appear - may play a role in the hot and humid conditions expected Monday night at Sporting Park.    

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Viewing information:

United States vs. Panama

Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. CT

Where: Sporting Park; Kansas City, Kan.

TV information: FOX Sports 1, UniMás, Univision Deportes
Live stream: Fox Sports GoFox Soccer 2Go

The U.S. awaits the third place team from either Group B or C in their quarterfinal matchup, set to take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md. on July 18. 

Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?


Ever wonder what a Portillo's soccer jersey would look like?

Portillo's has become a staple in the Chicagoland area due to its popular hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and now, its soccer jerseys.

OK, maybe one of these does not belong with the others. Regardless, Twitter user @JTHazzard created mock-up soccer jerseys mashing MLS teams and restaurants based in that team's city, and the Portillo's jersey is sweet. 

From the Portillo's logo taking center-stage to the picnic blanket pattern to the discrete Chicago Fire logo, this jersey is absolutely brilliant. The only change this writer would make is including the logo below instead.

Valspar is the current sponsor featured on the Fire's uniforms. If the team ever needs a new sponsor, though, Portillo's would be an excellent replacement.

Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon


Fire sign veteran MLS forward Alan Gordon

As far as notorious players in MLS with a history of scoring big goals, Alan Gordon is one of the first names on that list.

The Fire signed the 36-year-old forward on Friday, continuing to add depth to a roster that appeared paper thin throughout the preseason. Gordon, who had been on trial with the Fire for part of the preseason and even after the season opener, signed a one-year deal.

Gordon adds plenty of experience from being in the league since 2004 and having scored 55 goals with five different teams. For the past few years he has been used primarily as a substitute, but has still maintained his reputation for scoring goals late in games.

At 6-foot-3 he brings plenty of size and strength to the team and is one of the best players on headers in the league. Last season the Fire failed to score directly off a set piece, which was both due to consistently poor service from corner kicks and a lack of players adept at finishing them off. Gordon should give the Fire a late-game option in that area.

Elliot Collier had impressed the Fire enough to earn a contract as a third-round pick and an international player and even came off the bench in the opening loss to Sporting Kansas City, but it appears the team wanted more experience at forward with Gordon.