It's been six years since the United States last won the Gold Cup, but they have a chance to reclaim the title of CONCACAF's best today. Against Panama. In Chicago.
Yes, in Chicago.
More than 60,000 fans packed into Soldier Field and watched the U.S. fall behind 1-0 before a penalty brought them level. Then in the 73rd minute, Benny Feilhaber came to the rescue.
Benny. And. His. Jets.
That, along with some late heroic goalkeeping by Tim Howard earned the Americans a shiny gold trophy. It earned them bragging rights. It sent them on the Hex two years later, where they would finish at the top, which just so happens to be where the U.S. finds themselves in the Hex right now.
The U.S. is back. They are back in their hometown. They are a quick jaunt away from U.S. Soccer headquarters and on the same field where they last lorded over CONCACAF.
Now it's just a matter of making sure the U.S. celebrates like it's 2007.