Entrenched clubs in some of MLS's bigger markets have fallen behind when it comes to important metrics both on and off the field, and it's clear the message is beginning to get across after a series of significant developments in Chicago and New England.
The U.S. men's national team will confront its recent demons in the Gold Cup, in a group that features its World Cup qualifying spoiler and an opponent it will face for an eighth straight regional tournament.
Two young sides clashed in a rivalry bout that took a while to heat up, and while the U.S. won on a Tyler Adams goal, the process leaves plenty of more questions regarding the progress over the last year.
Dave Sarachan has remained the U.S. men's national team's coach for perhaps longer than expected, and he's set to coach his first matches since the hiring of the general manager who will likely replace him.
Dave Sarachan has continued on in his role as interim U.S. manager, and as he's overseeing the next step of a youthful team's progression, his prime focus is with honing chemistry and ensuring everyone–no stars excluded–understands the demands of playing for the national team.