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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 […]

US Copa Draw is Difficult, But Lowering Expectations Misses the Mark

US Copa Draw is Difficult, But Lowering Expectations Misses the Mark

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The draw for the 2016 Copa América Centenario was last night in New York City and when it ended, the host United States was drawn into a very difficult group with Colombia, Costa Rica and Paraguay. The tournament, which begins June 3rd, represents  a chance for the US Men’s National Team, coming off the […]

Oh, Canada!! US Face Friendly and Familiar Foe to Close Camp Cupcake

Oh, Canada!! US Face Friendly and Familiar Foe to Close Camp Cupcake

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy Coming off a fun if not largely meaningless 3-2 win over Iceland in the first of the post-January camp friendlies Sunday, the USMNT will look to put a bow on the opening camp of 2016 with a win over Canada tonight at the Stubhub Center (10:15 ET, FS1). […]

Complicated and Wonderful, America's Greatest Goalscorer Says Goodbye

Complicated and Wonderful, America’s Greatest Goalscorer Says Goodbye

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon — NEW ORLEANS Tomorrow night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Abby Wambach will play in her final soccer match. She’ll leave the pitch the leading goalscorer in international soccer history. Wambach departs the game a consummate winner. She captured the NCAA Championship as a freshmen at the University of Florida. She later […]

In Port of Spain, Disjointed US Grind Out A Point: Final Thoughts

In Port of Spain, Disjointed US Grind Out A Point: Final Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon PORT OF SPAIN- The US Men’s National Team managed to grind out a road qualifying point last night at a sold-out, jubilant Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. There’s value and accomplishment in World Cup qualifying road points, especially in the din, tenebrous haunts of CONCACAF. Further, […]

USA Face Confident Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain: The TYAC Preview

USA Face Confident Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy Introduction by Neil W. Blackmon The US began World Cup qualifying on a high note Friday night in St. Louis with a convincing 6-1 win over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The match wasn’t without tension, particularly after Oalex Anderson, a part-time fisherman who also plays in the […]

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