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TYAC's MLS 24 Under 24 Ballot

TYAC’s MLS 24 Under 24 Ballot

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Last year, in an effort spearheaded by The Shin Guardian, we, along with writers like Charles Boehm, released a MLS “24 Under 24″ ballot ranking the 24 best players under 24 in Major League Soccer and explaining our rankings. We included commentary from a MLS assistant coach, as well as a MLS […]

Oh Captain, My Captain: Trouble Saying Goodbye To Carlos Bocanegra

Oh Captain, My Captain: Trouble Saying Goodbye To Carlos Bocanegra

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon I’ve no idea if there’s a moment in life where you begin to feel old. I’m not referencing a “Murtaugh List”  of things you can’t do at a certain age. That’s too easy and less about mortality than it is about humor. I’m talking about seachange. About the genuine end of childhood […]

Strange Bedfellows, Part II: The Barclay's Premier League and SEC Football

Strange Bedfellows, Part II: The Barclay’s Premier League and SEC Football

Tweet   Neil W. Blackmon  With the debut of the SEC Network last week and the recent rash of comparisons between fan passion in soccer and college football’s preeminent conference, we at TYAC decided to do a two-part series on the way the SEC, MLS and the Barclay’s Premier League make strange bedfellows. Part I focused on […]

Strange Bedfellows: The Barclay's Premier League, MLS and the SEC

Strange Bedfellows: The Barclay’s Premier League, MLS and the SEC

Tweet Editor’s Note: Part I in a two-part Series focusing on soccer and the SEC, the premier conference in college football Neil W. Blackmon With the World Cup withdrawals wearing off a bit, soccer fans have turned their eyes back to the club level, whether it be  the tremendous years in both MLS and the […]

Here Comes the Rain: One Writer's Reflections on Brazil 2014

Here Comes the Rain: One Writer’s Reflections on Brazil 2014

Tweet Editor’s Note: The Yanks Are Coming co-founders collectively saw each United  States group stage match at the World Cup. This is the first of two stories on one writer’s experiences in Brazil. Special thanks to Zack Goldman (@ThatDamnYank on Twitter) for editing. All photos (save one from the USA v. Ghana match) courtesy of The Yanks Are Coming. Neil […]

Monsters at the Maracanã: Thoughts on Argentina vs. Germany

Monsters at the Maracanã: Thoughts on Argentina vs. Germany

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As much as fans lamented the dull World Cup semifinal between forever bridesmaids Holland and Argentina, the more fair question is what, exactly, would have made that game scintillating after Germany’s 7-1 thrashing of host Brazil in Belo Horizonte? Indeed, Holland-Argentina, while certainly a dull match, was doomed from the start: […]

Maybe US Can't Win World Cup, But They Can Beat Belgium

Maybe US Can’t Win World Cup, But They Can Beat Belgium

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon “For us now talking about winning a World Cup, it is just not realistic.” – Jurgen Klinsmann to Sam Borden of the New York Times, December 2013 Yes, he said that. He defended it too. No, he wasn’t wrong. And it’s a sad commentary far worse than anything Ann Coulter or Pete […]

USA vs. Portugal: Wounded Animal in the Jungle- Your TYAC Preview

USA vs. Portugal: Wounded Animal in the Jungle- Your TYAC Preview

Tweet Manaus, Amazonas Garrett McInnis and Neil W. Blackmon Sunday marks an important day in the history of US Soccer.  There’s little doubt that this match is probably the most crucial in THIS year’s World Cup group stage.  Even before the Ghana win, it was understood that getting points from the Germany match would be […]

Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle For Soccer's Soul: One Writer's Journey

Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle For Soccer’s Soul: One Writer’s Journey

Tweet Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle for Soccer’s Soul: One Writer’s Journey In April 2006, FIFA announced the beginning of its “Say No to Racism” campaign, designed, according to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, to use the unifying power of football to combat discrimination of all kinds, and “eradicate the blight of racism […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #18 Luka Modric

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #18 Luka Modric

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Sometimes, a player is second-fiddle at club. Sometimes, this trend carries over to country, regardless of the player’s genuine class, such as Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and PSG, our #18 Player to Watch, who Jon Levy wrote a tremendous piece on you can read here.  Other times, a player is second […]

On Michael Wilbon's Sad Klinsmann Xenophobia

On Michael Wilbon’s Sad Klinsmann Xenophobia

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Thursday, Michael Wilbon told Jurgen Klinsmann to “Get out of America.” Then he told him to “Get the Hell out of America.” And then I became sad. Greg Howard at Deadspin took the high road, shrugging the remarks off as more of the same from the four letter network. I won’t. A once proud […]

Turkey Takeaways: Optimism in Attack, The Jones Debate, Defensive Questions

Turkey Takeaways: Optimism in Attack, The Jones Debate, Defensive Questions

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Zack Goldman The United States pulled a “deja vu all over again” in Yogi Berra’s backyard by beating Turkey 2-1 in a World Cup Send-Off Series match for the second straight cycle, this time at a sold-out Red Bull Arena. The result was positive. Turkey are a good, but not great […]

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