DaMarcus Beasley, Stuart Holden and Chris Wondolowski hungry for success

With Mexico and the United States leaving some of their biggest stars off the Gold Cup roster, there is some question as to how crucial winning the tournament really is to the big nations.

However, there is no doubt over how important the Gold Cup is for the individual players who were called up — the Cup has shown in the past that it can serve as a springboard for fringe players to make the following year’s World Cup rosters.

This year on the United States’ side, three names have come in focus particularly: Chris Wondolowski, Stuart Holden and DaMarcus Beasley. The “late bloomer,” the “comeback kid,” and “the captain,” respectively.

FOX Soccer took all three on a relaxing boat ride in Baltimore ahead of the USA’s quarterfinal win against El Salvador, and each spoke about their goals, each other’s talents, and what makes suiting up for the red, white and blue so special.


2013 Gold Cup USMNT Provisional Roster released


The provisional roster has been released for the US Men’s National Team heading into the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup. Keep in mind that this roster is provisional; the 35 players will be whittled down to a final 23-man roster by June 27th.

Notable inclusions: Landon Donovan, Carlos Bocanegra

Notable exclusions: Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey

Whoever Jurgen Klinsmann picks for his final roster, he likes the team’s chances: