US Can Build On Peru Momentum Moving Forward

Tweet John D. Halloran Preview of US-Brazil will come shortly and the US has plenty to build on. In the first of two September friendlies ahead of next month’s all-important CONCACAF Cup, the United States men’s national team defeated Peru 2-1 in Washington D.C. on Friday night. After conceding a goal in the first half…

Anatomy of an Upset: Three Thoughts on Jamaica’s Win in Atlanta

Tweet John D. Halloran The United States men’s national team lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals 2-1 on Wednesday night in Atlanta, eliminating the squad’s hopes of bringing home back-to-back titles in the tournament. Jamaica got off to an early lead in the contest, capitalizing on two set piece opportunities in the first half scored…

Four Thoughts on the US Draw With Panama

Tweet John D. Halloran The United States men’s national team rounded out group play in the 2015 Gold Cup on Monday night, drawing Panama 1-1 in Kansas City. It was another sloppy performance from the Americans—their fourth ugly result in a row. However, the team also headed into Monday’s match knowing that the top spot…

Heading Into Panama Match, Plenty Of Questions For the United States

Tweet John D. Halloran In a performance that can’t be characterized as anything other than poor, the United States men’s national team limped to a 1-0 win over Haiti on Friday night in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The win, shockingly enough, also won Group A for the U.S.—with a game to spare—despite two relatively poor performances thus…

A Grinding Victory: Final Thoughts on USA 2, Honduras 1

Tweet John D. Halloran The United States men’s national team opened up its 2015 Gold Cup campaign on Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas with an ugly 2-1 win over Honduras. Clint Dempsey scored twice for the Americans with both tallies on headers from set pieces. The first goal by the former captain came in the…

An Open Letter to Jurgen Klinsmann

Tweet John Halloran Dear Jurgen – We’re Sorry Shortly after the 2014 World Cup, when the excitement of the U.S.’s dramatic extra-time loss to Belgium finally started to wear off, United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started to come under criticism. He was criticized for his negative tactics, including on this website, perhaps…

Dos A Cero: What We Learned At the Alamodome

Tweet John Halloran Dos a cero, the most iconic scoreline in the history of the United States men’s national team, added another chapter to its storied history on Wednesday night as the U.S. once again defeated arch-rival Mexico 2-0, this time in San Antonio, Texas. The victory came on the back on two second-half goals,…

US 1, Switzerland 1: Yanks Were Better Against Swiss, Until They Weren’t

Tweet John Halloran For 65 minutes on Tuesday night in Zurich, the United States men’s national team was fairly impressive. They controlled decent spells of possession, looked dangerous on the break and were even beating the 12th-ranked Swiss squad. Then, a familiar pattern emerged. Following a foolish red card earned by Jozy Altidore in the…

Denmark 3, US 2: More of the Same From Klinsmann’s Yanks

Tweet John D. Halloran Thoroughly dominated in possession. Saved time after time by their goalkeeper. Few attacking chances created. A late-game collapse. No, this is not Bob Bradley’s United States men’s national team. Nor is it a recap of this summer’s World Cup match against Belgium. It’s the state of the U.S. national team three…

USA 2, Panama 0: What We Learned in Feel Good Win

Tweet John Halloran Who ever thought a win over a CONCACAF opponent in a January camp friendly could be so important?  Heading into Sunday afternoon’s game against Panama, the United States men’s national team was a pitiful 1-5-3 in its last nine matches and had developed a recent, and unsavory, habit of second-half collapses.  After…

Chile 3, US 2: Why, Klinsy, Why?

Tweet John D. Halloran Another match—another second-half collapse by the United States men’s national team. Another match—another set of confounding decisions by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  On Wednesday, the USMNT fell 3-2 to Chile in the first of two friendlies scheduled to conclude this year’s January camp. Despite holding a 2-1 lead at the…