Ten Weeks In, Time For MLS Power Rankings

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Ranking teams is fun and a great conversation piece, which is why fans enjoy preseason rankings, from college football to the NFL to the Premier League to our very own MLS. But the reality is there’s little use in power rankings early in the season, when sample sizes are too small…

The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show: Episode Six

Tweet Be sure to check out Episode 6 of The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show, available at the link below or on I-Tunes under The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show in the  podcasts section. This week’s show features FourSquare Founder Dennis Crowley, who loves soccer almost as much as he enjoys building things from scratch….

MLS In The Time Of Expansion: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tweet Contributing writer Kartik Krishnaiyer breaks down potential MLS expansion cities and their likelihood of landing a top division franchise. SAN ANTONIO Flying somewhat under the radar while others try and make a splash and effectively play the media, San Antonio is a sure-fire bet for a successful club should MLS select the city. San…

The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show: Episode Five (And Now On iTunes)

Tweet Episode Five of The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show featured Four Four Two USA Editor Richard Farley, as Kartik Krishnaiyer and Neil recapped Week One of the NWSL season and previewed the year as a whole. There are plenty of team-specific conversations, a host of different tactical questions, and focused discussions on Christen Press’s…

As US Health Questions Linger, Arena’s Summer Choices Become More Difficult

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Embed from Getty Images As the calendar lurches toward another summer of soccer, US Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena faces both tactical and fitness questions about his player pool as European seasons wind down, MLS players rounding into form and the health of key American players.  Clint Dempsey is back…

US Conclude January Camp Against Jamaica: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy The US opened the second Bruce Arena era last Sunday afternoon with a sleepy 0-0 draw in San Diego. For most the afternoon, the match against a young, experimental Serbia side played out like so many of the “end of January camp” matches past: a slog of tired…

Bruce Arena Era 2.0 Begins Against Serbia: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy The United States Men’s National Team begins 2017 play Sunday in San Diego with a friendly against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium (4 ET, ESPN 2).  The game also marks the first game of Bruce Arena’s second stint as national team manager. Arena returns, of course, after autumn’s World Cup qualifying failures against Mexico…

Home-Grown: Arena 2.0 Begins With Domestic Players Getting Chance

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Bruce Arena’s second stint as US Men’s National Team manager will officially open with a difficult friendly against Serbia in San Diego on January 29, 2017. It began for preparation purposes yesterday afternoon, when Arena named 32 players to his first camp (back) in charge. Players will report to the National Training…