If the U.S. national soccer team is feeling the weight of the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Jamaica today at sold-out RFK Stadium, the players and coaches aren't showing it.
Since their arrival in Washington on Thursday, the Americans have spoken coolly and confidently about recovering from a turbulent first round.
"We came through group play feeling good that we were tested and certain things came to light," coach Bob Bradley said. "Now as a group we are excited and ready to go."
The reassuring vibe, however, belies the broad implications of defeat.
It would not only eliminate the Americans at the earliest stage of the regional...