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US Look to Rebound and Make Their Own HIstory Against Costa Rica in San Jose: TYAC Preview

US Look to Rebound and Make Their Own HIstory Against Costa Rica in San Jose: TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy              The United States Men’s National Team continues World Cup qualifying Tuesday night with the final “Hex” match of 2016, against Costa Rica at the Estadio Nacional in San Jose (9 PM ET, BEIN SPORT).  The match sets up as a critical one for the United States following […]

TYAC Analysis: Klinsmann Errors and Brave Mexico Combine to End US Dominance in Columbus

TYAC Analysis: Klinsmann Errors and Brave Mexico Combine to End US Dominance in Columbus

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Two months ago in Jacksonville, after a dominant 4-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago secured US passage to the final round “Hex”, Jurgen Klinsmann puffed his chest a bit in a press conference. He’d earned the right, truth be told. After a troubling 2015, the US had shown dramatic improvement in […]

What to Take Away From The October Friendlies

What to Take Away From The October Friendlies

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States played New Zealand to a 1-1 draw last night in Washington, DC. Julian Green scored for the United States in the 27th minute, with Monty Patterson grabbing New Zealand’s equalizer in the 73rd minute of play. A paltry crowd of 9,012 paid to see it. In truth, the […]

Bob Bradley's Hire at Swansea A Historic Moment Well-Earned

Bob Bradley’s Hire at Swansea A Historic Moment Well-Earned

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Former US Men’s National team manager Bob Bradley agreed to terms to become the 47th manager of Swansea City Association Football Club Monday morning, replacing Italian Francesco Guidolin, according to a report from Grant Wahl at Sports Illustrated. The move makes Bradley the first American manager in the history of the English […]

After Advancing, US Ready for Toughest Hexagonal To Date

After Advancing, US Ready for Toughest Hexagonal To Date

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States routed Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 Tuesday night at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The result helped the United States advance to CONCACAF’s final six team qualifying round, colloquially known as “The Hex”, for the sixth consecutive time. CONCACAF moved to the format in 1998, when the World Cup […]

USMNT Through to Hexagonal With Rout of Trinidad and Tobago: TYAC Analysis

USMNT Through to Hexagonal With Rout of Trinidad and Tobago: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon JACKSONVILLE, FLA- The United States defeated Trinidad and Tobago Tuesday night 4-0 in front of 19,410 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville. The win sealed a spot in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying final round Hexagonal for the United States, and allowed them to win Group C. The US open the HEX […]

US Edge Closer To Advancing In Methodical Rout: TYAC Analysis

US Edge Closer To Advancing In Methodical Rout: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States defeated St. Vincent and the Grenadines 6-0 Friday afternoon in Kingstown, St. Vincent in Fourth Round CONCACAF World Cup 2018 qualifying action. The win spoiled a national holiday in the tiny island nation and puts the Yanks on the edge of the final round HEX which will determine which […]

For US, Decisive Qualifiers Begin in Caribbean:  The TYAC Preview

For US, Decisive Qualifiers Begin in Caribbean: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy For the second consecutive cycle under manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the US enter the final weekend of the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying needing at least one win to secure passage to the final qualifying round, affectionately called “The Hex.”  Last cycle, the US actually fell behind […]

Breaking Down the USMNT September Qualifying Roster

Breaking Down the USMNT September Qualifying Roster

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 26 players to represent the United States in two decisive World Cup qualifiers to be played over a five day period surrounding Labor Day weekend. As of writing, there has been one injury replacement as well, with New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan brought in […]

USMNT Roster Roundtable, Part I: Who Deserves the Call?

USMNT Roster Roundtable, Part I: Who Deserves the Call?

Tweet Jurgen Klinsmann will shortly name his 23 man roster for the two decisive Labor Day weekend qualifying matches. Who warrants the call? TYAC assembled a roundtable of American soccer writers to discuss just that. We’ll release the roundtable in two parts.  Today- goalkeepers and defenders. Because defense wins Hexagonals. Or something like that. First, the […]

High Drama As CONCACAF Heads To Labor Day Qualifying Break

High Drama As CONCACAF Heads To Labor Day Qualifying Break

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon             Labor Day marks the unofficial final stand of summer for most the country, particularly up north, where school beckons on the other side and barbeque grills linger, hoping to keep the smells of a summer well spent in the air just a moment longer. For soccer […]

Evaluating the Rio Disappointment and What's Next for the US Women

Evaluating the Rio Disappointment and What’s Next for the US Women

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon It’s been a week since the US Women’s National Team tumbled out of the 2016 Rio Olympics without a medal, losing a quarterfinal match on penalties to Sweden. The quarterfinal exit was the earliest exit for a US women’s team in a major tournament (Olympics or World Cup) and has spawned […]

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