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USMNT players, Nashville have more at stake than Gold Cup

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U.S. men’s national team coach Bruce Arena and midfielder Gyasi Zardes share thoughts on training in Nashville for 2017 Gold Cup.

There’s far more at stake for U.S. men’s national team players this summer than winning the CONCACAF Gold Cup on their nation’s soil.

And there could be more at stake for Nashville, which hosts its first FIFA-sanctioned event next week as the city is being considered for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise.

The USMNT began practicing Monday at Lipscomb University in preparation for its Gold Cup opener against Panama on July 8 at Nissan Stadium. It is a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place game and will be followed by a match between Martinique and Nicaragua. The event will go a long way in showcasing Music City as a soccer hotbed. More than 35,000 tickets have been sold, and the stadium is opening additional sections.

“I played in Nashville two years ago (in a friendly) against Guatemala, and we had a great turnout,” midfielder Gyasi Zardes said after practice Monday,…

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