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Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Following the tremendous 2-0 US victory over world number one Germany Tuesday night in Montreal, thoughts on Sunday’s rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final with reigning World champion Japan, in Vancouver (5PM ET, FOX). First, there is no joy without sadness and there is nothing to celebrate without something to forget, […]

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach's Legacy Lurks In Shadows

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach’s Legacy Lurks In Shadows

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Abby Wambach has long been defined not simply by her ability to score goals at an incredible rate, but by her candor. That’s how as a youngster on the US Women’s National Team you end up getting a shirt from legend Julie Foudy that reads “HELP! I’m taking and I can’t […]

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon This much is certain. The United States can defend.  Ahead of their quarterfinal Friday night against China, the Americans have conceded just one goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in four matches, and haven’t been under any consistent pressure since the first half against Australia. The Americans have conceded just twice since […]

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Gold Cup Roster: TYAC Analysis

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Gold Cup Roster: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon First, Here is your 23 man US roster for the Gold Cup. GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)  DEFENDERS (7) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez […]

Women's World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Women’s World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 FIFA Womens’ World Cup group stages ended yesterday with a flourish, capping an excellent twelve days of soccer and setting up an intensely competitive knockout stage bracket full of intriguing matchups and potential matchups. The key takeaways from Day 12? A dominating performance from one of the pre-tournament favorites, […]

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Tweet “The main thing I think about when I think about European soccer and my time in Sweden is that’s where I refell in love with the game. That’s where I found passion again and it is that passion that led me to the national team.” — Christen Press Neil W. Blackmon Following a thrilling […]

National Men's Soccer Team European Vacation: Postscript

National Men’s Soccer Team European Vacation: Postscript

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The Yanks headed to Europe all Rusty Griswold, all growing pains and acne and physical and mental changes and challenges to deal with but dreaming big. Friendlies against two of Europe and global football’s giants on their turf the perfect measuring stick before their own continental championship in July. Even with […]

Women's World Cup Day Three: Four Thoughts

Women’s World Cup Day Three: Four Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Day three of the Women’s World Cup brought us the tournament’s best game thus far, two great performances from African sides generating two strong nominations for tournament darling, a challenge to the defending champions and the debut of the US Women’s National Team. Here are four thoughts on a four match […]

Becky Sauerbrunn: US Women's Reluctant Backbone Also Its Best NWSL Argument and Advertisement

Becky Sauerbrunn: US Women’s Reluctant Backbone Also Its Best NWSL Argument and Advertisement

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon “I don’t take any day I get to play soccer for granted.” — Becky Sauerbrunn When the United States take the field tonight against Australia to open World Cup group play (7:30 PM ET, FOX Sports 1), they’ll face an Australian side capable of scoring in a hurry behind pacy and […]

2015 Women's World Cup: Five Thoughts on Days One and Two, and Sadly, Hope Solo

2015 Women’s World Cup: Five Thoughts on Days One and Two, and Sadly, Hope Solo

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 Women’s World Cup kicked off in Canada Saturday night and fans received a thrilling opening game, won by the hosts 1-0 over China on a Christine Sinclair penalty in stoppage time. The penalty came following a foul by Rong Zhao on Adriana Leon. The goal by the longtime Canadian […]

US Face Holland Side Hardly Running Like Clockwork: The TYAC Preview

US Face Holland Side Hardly Running Like Clockwork: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann’s side heads into its summer schedule with two stern friendly tests over the next week: tomorrow’s match against Holland at the Amsterdam Arena (2:30 PM, ET, ESPN) and next Wednesday at Germany in Cologne. Both opponents have largely called in their best squads, with European qualifying on the horizon. […]

Blatter Quits, Leaving Hope And Leaving FIFA Reformers At Critical Juncture

Blatter Quits, Leaving Hope And Leaving FIFA Reformers At Critical Juncture

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon “One makes a lot of mistakes in life.” – Sepp Blatter, on Qatar 2022 This had to happen, sooner rather than later. People are dying in Qatar. Sepp Blatter quit his post as FIFA President Tuesday, ending- or marking the beginning of the end- of a seventeen year Machiavellian reign over […]

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