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Something Rotten in Denmark? US Hope Not: The TYAC Preview

Something Rotten in Denmark? US Hope Not: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States enters the March European friendlies having won the last time they got the band together, which largely is where the good news ends as they ready for tomorrow night’s match in Aarhus against Denmark (3 PM EDT, ESPN 2). This is still a side tall on questions and […]

With Lloyd Leading, US Women Win Algarve Cup, Build Confidence

With Lloyd Leading, US Women Win Algarve Cup, Build Confidence

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The four games in eight days format is bizarre and the playing surface is natural grass, but the USWNT earned a measure of needed confidence by defeating France 2-0 Wednesday afternoon to win the Algarve Cup, the team’s “competitive dress rehearsal” for this summer’s World Cup in Canada. The victory marked the […]

USA vs. Chile: TYAC Preview: The New Camp Cupcake

USA vs. Chile: TYAC Preview: The New Camp Cupcake

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy  Given the way 2014 closed- ties at home to Ecuador and Honduras, a loss in London to Colombia and a thrashing in Dublin against Ireland—American fans, and Jurgen Klinsmann, most likely—are thrilled the 2015 campaign will begin for US Soccer against Chile Wednesday evening in the Chilean wine […]

Holiday Stanzas on Mix Diskerud

Holiday Stanzas on Mix Diskerud

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Much more on TYAC this week. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.  So Mix Diskerud is back at it on Twitter again. This time, it was this “poem tweet.”  By Xolos impressed by Pushkins caressed Tjernen falsely second-guessed MLS-fans' ambitions stressed Qatarsis? – yet not at all depressed — Mix Diskerud (@MixDiskerud) December 22, 2014 Ugh. If […]

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 […]

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