With Jill Ellis and the U.S. women's national team answering their critics and fulfilling expectations in an unforgettable World Cup triumph over Japan on Sunday, the onus is now on Jurgen Klinsmann and the men's national team to safeguard their regional supremacy.
The U.S. launches the defense of its 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup crown Tuesday night against Honduras, a match denoting the team's first competitive outing since falling at the hands of Belgium in last summer's World Cup Round of 16.
The Americans trumped Guatemala in their final tune-up with a 4-0 victory in a friendly Friday night. After an own goal, Timmy Chandler, Clint Dempsey and Chris Wondolowski chipped in to complete the scoring onslaught.
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Klinsmann's side, with a 1-0 dispatch of Panama on July 28, 2013 at Soldier Field to capture the 2013 title, could clinch a berth to the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia by defending the cup in Philadelphia later this month, without the need for a playoff.
The 2015 23-man roster boasts the return of 16 players that were a part of last year's World Cup squad, and six that lifted the Gold Cup trophy two years ago, with Michael Bradley captaining the team and set to make his 100th appearance for the Red, White and Blue.
U.S.-Honduras spotlights the Group A pool, which also features Panama and Haiti. The U.S. has advanced to five straight Gold Cup finals leading in to the 2015 edition, and is seeking its first back-to-back laurels since winning in 2005 and 2007.
Following the conclusion of Tuesday's Group A fixtures, Costa Rica and Jamaica lead off Group B Wednesday night in Los Angeles (7 p.m. CT), followed by Canada vs. El Salvador (9:30 p.m. CT). Group C follows Thursday with Trinidad & Tobago vs. Guatemala (6 p.m. CT) and Mexico vs. Cuba (8:30 p.m. CT) at Soldier Field in Chicago.
United States vs. Honduras
Kickoff time: 8:30 p.m. CT
Where: Toyota Stadium; Frisco, Texas
HOW TO WATCH
TV information: FOX Sports 1, Univision Deportes
Live stream: FOX Soccer 2Go
The United States faces Haiti at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass on Friday, which is slated for a 7:30 p.m. CT kickoff on FOX Sports 1.