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USA Defeat Ecuador 1-0 Behind Nagbe Goal: TYAC Analysis

USA Defeat Ecuador 1-0 Behind Nagbe Goal: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US began final Copa America Centenario preparations in earnest Wednesday night with a 1-0 win over CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying leader Ecuador in Frisco, Texas. High ticket prices and a midweek game with a relatively early start time resulted in a paltry crowd at Toyota Stadium, and for the first […]

USA Continue Copa America Prep vs Hot Ecuador: TYAC Preview

USA Continue Copa America Prep vs Hot Ecuador: TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As pleasant as the stories were coming out of Bayamón Sunday, where the US defeated Puerto Rico 3-1, the game did not include the entirety of the US roster for next month’s Copa America Centenario.As such, the US win had the feel more of friendly at the end of a transitional and […]

US Opens Copa America Preparations With 3-1 Win Over Puerto Rico: TYAC Analysis

US Opens Copa America Preparations With 3-1 Win Over Puerto Rico: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US Men’s National Team began its three game series of tune-up friendlies ahead of next month’s Copa America Centenario Sunday with a 3-1 win over Puerto Rico in Bayamón. The match marked the first meeting between the US Men’s National team and the its Caribbean territory. The US scored first through Tim […]

Copa America Centenario: US Roster Analysis

Copa America Centenario: US Roster Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Saturday, Jurgen Klinsmann released the final 23 man US Men’s National Team roster for next month’s Copa America Centenario, the largest international men’s soccer tournament held on US soil since the 1994 World Cup. The roster features 15 players who featured for the US in the 2014 World Cup, and 18 […]

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Roster for Copa America Centenario

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Roster for Copa America Centenario

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann named his final 23 man roster for next month’s Copa America Centenario. Klinsmann has had very little to no hands-on time with his 40 man grouping in the past three weeks, leaving many to speculate on the method he and his staff would employ to make final choices. Like […]

Breaking Down the US Women's Soccer Wage Discrimination Complaint

Breaking Down the US Women’s Soccer Wage Discrimination Complaint

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Unless you spent yesterday with all cords and olive branches to the world cut, you know by now that five of US Soccer’s top world champion female players filed a federal complaint Wednesday morning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (hereinafter EEOC). The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces compliance […]

US Avenge Guatemala Loss in Ohio, Avert Qualifying Disaster

US Avenge Guatemala Loss in Ohio, Avert Qualifying Disaster

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States, facing an extremely difficult path to World Cup qualification with a loss, routed Guatemala 4-0 in Columbus Tuesday night. The win, which extended an eleven game American unbeaten streak in Columbus, helped the Yanks reclaim control of second place in their qualifying group, one point and now a staggering […]

In Practical Must Win, US Face Guatemala In Ohio: TYAC Preview

In Practical Must Win, US Face Guatemala In Ohio: TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Following the 2-0 U.S. loss to Los Chapines Friday night in Guatemala City, the Americans enter tonight’s match at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio (7 PM ET, ESPN 2) sitting in third in their CONCACAF World Cup qualifying group with three matches to play. The U.S., it should also be noted, sit two […]

Guatemalan Gut Check: With World Cup Qualification In Peril, Thoughts on How Americans Got Here

Guatemalan Gut Check: With World Cup Qualification In Peril, Thoughts on How Americans Got Here

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The U.S. lost 2-0 at the Estadio Nacional in Guatemala City Friday night, the first loss by an American senior side to Los Chapines since 1988. The defeat ended resoundingly a U.S. federation best 21 game unbeaten streak over an opponent, and delivered the men’s national program Jurgen Klinsmann directs another blow in what has […]

March Madness For A Good Cause: My Friend Vince

March Madness For A Good Cause: My Friend Vince

Tweet Neil W Blackmon On a perfect Atlanta spring evening in April 2010, I was attending a Braves-Cubs game at Turner Field when I received a series of text messages and phone calls from a dear, longtime friend, Jim Schultz. Answering the phone call would ultimately change my life forever. My friend told me that […]

Amid Court Controversy, US Women Open She Believes Cup with Win Over England

Tweet Embed from Getty Images TAMPA- The world champion US Women’s National team opened the SheBelieves Cup Thursday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over England on a pleasant, sea breeze infused March evening in Tampa. An enthusiastic 13,027 paid to see it. Here are four thoughts on the Americans victory. England gave the US fits down […]

Germany Edges France To Open Inaugural SheBelieves Cup in Tampa

Tweet Embed from Getty Images Tampa- The inaugural SheBelieves Cup began on a warm and overcast evening in Tampa Thursday evening with a match between Germany and France, ranked second and third in the FIFA Women’s rankings respectively. The tournament replaces the traditional Algarve Cup on the US Women’s annual schedule, and features four of the […]

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