This week in U.S. Soccer began with the United States Men's National Team finishing their group stage and winning Group A the Gold Cup. The week continued with the USMNT moving on to the semifinals of the Gold Cup and a few shake ups in the MLS and NASL standings.
The United States dominated Group A in Gold Cup. Having only two goals against and zero losses, they earned first place in their group and a spot in the quarterfinals against Cuba. In a clear David vs Goliath match, the USA destroyed Cuba by a score of 6-0. Clint Dempsey earned a hat trick and Omar Gonzalez earned his first goal for the national team. The United States will face Jamaica in the semifinals on Wednesday. After that game, Mexico will face Panama to potentially play the United States in the Gold Cup final
This week in Major League Soccer saw several teams moving up and down in standings. In the East, Columbus Crew SC took over second place after defeating the Chicago Fire twice in one week. D.C. United still leads the Eastern Conference and is tied in points for the top spot of the Supporters' Shield race with FC Dallas. The Eastern Conference continues to be a very close race with just three points separating second and fifth place. Orlando City SC continues to hold on to a playoff spot, but the Philadelphia Union are just two points behind.
In the Western Conference, the Seattle Sounders continued their fall in the standings. The Sounders have been very weak without Obafemi Martins and Clint Dempsey. The West is also a close race for teams who are above the playoff line. Dallas leads the conference with 35 points but just three points separates first from sixth place. LA Galaxy is one point out of being tied for first place and the Vancouver Whitecaps and Sporting Kansas City are tied in points for third place.
It was another exciting week in NASL play. Minnesota United started the week with a 4-0 win over the Jacksonville Armada to take the fourth playoff spot. Tied with them at 18 points is the Ottawa Fury who smashed Indy Eleven 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Tied at 21 points is the New York Cosmos and Carolina Railhawks. Carolina will take on Ottawa next week while Indy Eleven will host the Cosmos. All teams will be fighting hard to either keep their playoff spots or earn one.
After another week in the USL, the Rochester Rhinos continue to dominate the Eastern Conference. Charleston Battery and Louisville City FC are fighting for second place while the Richmond Kickers are just one win away from tying Louisville City at 32 points.
The better race is in the West. There is just a one point difference between the Seattle Sounders 2, LA Galaxy II and the Colorado Springs Switchbacks. Sacramento Republic is two points away from being tied with Colo