That’s because the A-team spent the previous month in South Africa at the ’09 Confed Cup, knocking off Spain and taking a 2–0 halftime lead into a game against Brazil. The ’09 Gold Cup squad was about rewarding a bunch of MLS lifers that had no business being anywhere near the USMNT, like Jay Heaps. Davy Arnaud, and Jon Busch. It said little about the 2010 World Cup team because it was related to the 2010 World Cup team only by laundry, and the presence of Steve Cherundolo.

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