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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 […]

Rio 2016: Two Games, Six Points, and Yet the US Women Can Play Better?

Rio 2016: Two Games, Six Points, and Yet the US Women Can Play Better?

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US earned six points in their opening two matches of the 2016 Olympic games, capped off with Saturday’s 1-0 victory over a terrific France side at the fabled Estadio Mineirão. Dating back to the beginning of last summer’s World Cup in Canada, the US women have notched shutouts in 14 of 17 […]

USA vs. Argentina: The Copa Semifinals: Your TYAC Preview

USA vs. Argentina: The Copa Semifinals: Your TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon The United States met their pre-Copa América goal of reaching the semifinals last Thursday night when they defeated Ecuador in Seattle. Their reward? A trip to Houston to face the number one team in the world, Argentina, who feature the best player in the world, Lionel Messi. Tuesday […]

USA vs. Ecuador: A Manageable Quarterfinal in Seattle: The TYAC Preview

USA vs. Ecuador: A Manageable Quarterfinal in Seattle: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy Following the opening match of the Copa América Centenario, a 2-0 American defeat to Colombia in Santa Clara, California, it was reasonable to ask questions about whether the Yanks would advance to the quarterfinals out of Group A. Winning the group seemed out of the question. Nine furious […]

In Lopsided Win Over Costa Rica, Jurgen Klinsmann Gives His Team (And Himself) A Chance

In Lopsided Win Over Costa Rica, Jurgen Klinsmann Gives His Team (And Himself) A Chance

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States routed Costa Rica 4-0 in Chicago last night, saving its Copa América Centenario, and perhaps its manager’s job, in the process. The game was the second consecutive match for the Americans against a nation that reached the World Cup Quarterfinals in 2014, and while the Ticos were without goalkeeper […]

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