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USA Face Premier Test in Colombia at Craven Cottage: The TYAC Preview

USA Face Premier Test in Colombia at Craven Cottage: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy The United States Men’s National Team will look to bounce back after disappointing October home friendlies by taking their show on the road tomorrow night, as they battle World Cup darlings Colombia in London. The venue- storied Craven Cottage, what with it’s “Fulhamerica” label, on-site pub named after […]

US Women Have Been Here Before Against Mexico

US Women Have Been Here Before Against Mexico

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Win and they are in. Tomorrow the very beginning of the expectation surrounding the US Women’s National Team meets reality in Philadelphia. All the US have to do to secure World Cup qualification is defeat Mexico. Sounds simple enough. Of course, it sounded simple enough four years ago too. Faced with […]

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

US Women Survive Brave Trinidad and Tobago, But Questions Linger

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As has happened so many times before, Abby Wambach scored when her team needed her most, hammering home an Alex Morgan cross in the 54th minute to give the US a 1-0 lead it would never relinquish last night in chilly Kansas City.  The goal was more relief than anything, giving […]

Like a Jacaranda

Like a Jacaranda

Tweet Editor’s Note: In light of Landon Donovan playing his last match as a US international tomorrow, we asked our writers and other great soccer voices to share their favorite Landon moments with us. It seems fitting that one of the best soccer people we know wrote about the goal of Landon’s life. Friend of TYAC Zack […]

The Writing and Re-Writing of Landon Donovan

The Writing and Re-Writing of Landon Donovan

Tweet So much has been written about Landon Donovan that people have forgotten what they’ve written. This is to be expected. When you spend a decade being the face of the US Men’s National Team and for a large portion of that time, the face of Major League Soccer, scribes will devote plenty of words […]

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 […]

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