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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 […]

Facing Elimination, USA Meet Talented Costa Rica in Chicago: The TYAC Preview

Facing Elimination, USA Meet Talented Costa Rica in Chicago: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States camp remains defiant following Friday night’s 2-0 defeat to Colombia to open the Copa América Centenario. They feel they deserved better, playing well only to be victimized by a tough penalty call and a set piece failure. “We were absolutely OK with the team performance,’ Jurgen Klinsmann said following […]

Colombia 2, United States 0: TYAC Analysis

Colombia 2, United States 0: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States lost 2-0 to Colombia Friday night in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The defeat puts the US in a precarious position as they head to Chicago for Tuesday night’s match at Soldier Field against another 2014 World Cup […]

100 Reasons To Embrace and Enjoy Copa América Centenario

100 Reasons To Embrace and Enjoy Copa América Centenario

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The Copa América Centenario begins tonight in Santa Clara, California. The tournament, which will last just over three weeks, is the largest men’s international soccer tournament held on American soil since the 1994 World Cup.   This special event, held in the United States as opposed to its traditional location in […]

Copa America Centenario: USA vs. Colombia: The TYAC Preview, Part Two

Copa America Centenario: USA vs. Colombia: The TYAC Preview, Part Two

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon, Jon Levy and Gabriel Luis Manga Part Two of a lengthy preview of the opening match of the 2016 Copa América Centenario. Read Part one here. What to Watch For From Colombia: There’s a compelling argument that outside Argentina, Los Cafeteros possess the most attacking talent in this competition, even without Falcao, who […]

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 […]

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