Our latest podcast touches on the U.S. men's national team's thrilling sweep of friendlies at Netherlands and Germany and the U.S. women's national team's start to the Women's World Cup.
The U.S. men's and women's national teams sure have provided plenty of excitement over the last week.
Between Jurgen Klinsmann's men sweeping the Netherlands and Germany in a pair of last-gasp friendly victories and Jill Ellis's women opening the World Cup with a 3-1 win over Australia (not to mention what the U.S. U-23 and U-20 men's teams have been able to do in the Toulon Tournament and U-20 World Cup), it's a riveting time to be following U.S. Soccer's array of teams.
What do we make of the U.S. men's friendly performances? With the Gold Cup on the way, does Klinsmann have his team hitting its stride? Is the JurgenDust starting to spread again during a crucial summer? What do we make of the omissions and surprises (hello, the retired DaMarcus Beasley) on the initial Gold Cup roster?
As for the women, who play Sweden and former manager Pia Sundhage in Friday's second group game, how are they positioned? Why isn't Megan Rapinoe, the attacking hero vs. Australia, seen in the same light as some of the team's headline-grabbing stars? Are the Australian FA's game recaps must-read material?