ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Tuesday's Gold Cup opener against Guyana was always going to be one of those no-win situations for the United States men's national team.
Win big, and the response was always going to be: "Well, it's Guyana." Win by a less-than-flattering scoreline -- or, God forbid, fail to secure maximum points -- and the worst assumptions about Gregg Berhalter's team that have accumulated over the past 20 months would be confirmed.
Tyler Boyd scored twice as the United States started its Gold Cup campaign with a 4-0 win over Guyana at Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota on Tuesday night.
U.S. manager Gregg Berhalter made three changes from the lineup that started a 3-0 loss to Venezuela on June 9, the last of 18 exhibitions for the Americans since the October 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended a streak of seven World Cup appearances. He inserted Michael Bradley as captain for the first time in his tenure, Christian...