Only Mexico has enjoyed more success in the Gold Cup than the United States. The Americans have captured five titles — one less than their rival to the south – and enter the 2015 edition as defending champion after prevailing over Panama (1-0) in the final two years ago. If the U.S. wins consecutive Gold Cup titles for the first time since 2005 and 2007, it will earn a berth in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia. The Stars & Stripes last played in that competition in 2009, falling narrowly to Brazil (3-2) in the final. Coached by former Germany chief Jurgen Klinsmann, the U.S. boasts a mixture of 2014 World Cup veterans and others attempting to become more established in the squad. Leading the way is Seattle Sounders forward Clint Dempsey, who is the only American to score in three different World Cups. Also, a pair of Toronto FC performers – midfielder Michael Bradley and forward Jozy Altidore — will be key to the repeat effort. Bradley started all four of the USA’s matches last year in Brazil, while Altidore has competed in every FIFA competition available to him: World Cups (2010, 2014), Confederations Cup (2009), Olympic Games (2008), U-17 World Cup (2005) and U-20 World Cup (2007). It is not easy to defeat the U.S. at home in the Gold Cup’s group stage. In 31 games, the Americans have lost only once (2011: 2-1 v Panama in Tampa, Florida), while winning 28 times. The U.S. owns the record for most wins in Gold Cup history (48).