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Despite Legal Questions, FIFA Indictments A Turning Point For Soccer

Despite Legal Questions, FIFA Indictments A Turning Point For Soccer

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon writing from Brooklyn The news broke twelve minutes before midnight on the east coast and jolted many from the early stages of slumber, leaving many wondering if they had slipped into a dreamworld or alternate universe. First reported by four reporters at the New York Times, ten high-ranking soccer officials who […]

Gold Cup Roster Roundtable: Keepers and Defenders

Gold Cup Roster Roundtable: Keepers and Defenders

Tweet TYAC STAFF Greetings, Yanks fans!  With the Gold Cup only a month and a half away, it is time for TYAC to take a detailed look at the roster. To do that, we’ve assembled four soccer writers who have seen an international or three and asked them to debate it out. We felt a debate and […]

US-Switzerland: Has Klinsmann Reached an Event Horizon? HaveThe TYAC Preview

US-Switzerland: Has Klinsmann Reached an Event Horizon? HaveThe TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon There is a moment in beard-growing when the beard stops itching and all the attendant difficulties of beard growing become somehow manageable. The beard grows and grows and eventually the itching stops.An event horizon, where all that’s left is grooming and the reward of being dashingly beard handsome until the beard […]

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 […]

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