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…

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…

Episode 1 of The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show

Tweet Embed from Getty Images Happy New Year to all! Episode 1 of our new Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show is now up and posted. Kartik and I talk Bob Bradley’s early Swansea dismissal, review the year that was for the USMNT and USWNT and talk about the women’s collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Listen here. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yanksarecoming/2016/12/30/the-yanks-are-coming-soccer-show-episode-1 I-Tunes…

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

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

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…