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53 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Let's Talk Defense

53 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Let’s Talk Defense

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon We’ll lead off this Thursday evening post with a look at the US defense. Last Friday, in a rather loud hotel lobby in New Orleans, I had the privilege of co-hosting Soccer Morning with Jason Davis, of North American Soccer Network and ESPN FC fame, and we talked extensively about the US defense. Give it a listen. Also, while […]

32 Players To Watch: #29 Shinji Kagawa

32 Players To Watch: #29 Shinji Kagawa

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon We continue our 32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup feature with a look at another massive talent mired in a strange and somewhat disappointing season– player #29, Shinji Kagawa of Japan. Before reading about how the Manchester United midfielder who David Moyes has treated somewhat like a […]

62 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Tuesday Thoughts

62 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Tuesday Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Player #30 in our “32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup” list coming tonight, but let’s get the lay of the land after an exciting week of soccer in the United States, which saw some compelling action in MLS and the opening of the North American Soccer League’s […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 31 Alex Song

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 31 Alex Song

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon We continue our 32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup feature with a look at one of the more enigmatic talents in the field, Cameroon’s Alex Song. For a refresher on how these pieces work, see our piece on # 32, Shaqiri of Switzerland. # 31 Alex Song […]

Atlanta and MLS...Yes, Please

Atlanta and MLS…Yes, Please

Tweet 68 days until USA vs. Ghana…are you ready? Midweek musings for your soccer Wednesday, with more Champions League on the afternoon menu. It is going to be difficult to top yesterday’s drama. Somewhere in London, there are still Chelsea fans singing songs in a dogpile about Demba Ba. Is it Atletico Madrid’s turn to […]

69 Days Till Natal: Tuesday Thoughts

69 Days Till Natal: Tuesday Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Greetings. We’re under 70 days until the US tries to exorcise two World Cups worth of demons against Ghana and get group play in Brazil off to a roaring start. If you’re anything like me, the sense of anticipation grows more palpable by the day. Here’s a few thoughts to jumpstart […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 32 Shaqiri

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: # 32 Shaqiri

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Four years ago, we at TYAC ran a series of stories counting down “32 Players to Watch” at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The countdown is back by popular demand. For the unfamiliar, this is not a Bleacher Report style countdown. Those have their value and they are fun, but this countdown […]

70 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Monday Musings

70 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Monday Musings

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon A break for Final Four weekend and it ends up being a short and sad one for your author, whose Florida Gators fell to Connecticut 63-53 in the national semifinals. Still, an incredible season for my alma mater: 36 wins, a Final Four, a conference regular season and tournament championship, the […]

73 Days From USA and Ghana: Thoughts of the Day

73 Days From USA and Ghana: Thoughts of the Day

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As good a time as any to begin what will be your author’s daily countdown diary to the United States and Ghana kicking off the Yanks 2014 World Cup campaign in Natal. As this is the beginning of this feature, all I can suggest is that each day I’ll address certain […]

USA vs. Mexico Roster: American Dream and Julian Green

USA vs. Mexico Roster: American Dream and Julian Green

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann’s European-based contingent had their final run-through before the 30 man send-off series roster is selected in just over a month, falling 2-0 to an inspired Ukraine in Cyprus. Now, it’s the American-based players turn, with Mexico waiting in the wings in Glendale next week. Julian Green of Bayern Munich, […]

Amid Turbulent Political Winds, US Play Important Match Vs. Ukraine: TYAC Preview

Amid Turbulent Political Winds, US Play Important Match Vs. Ukraine: TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy The conflict in Ukraine, and the subsequent Russian intervention in Crimea has been framed in a million ways, and since this all ratcheted up during the Olympics, we’ve had plenty of opportunities to view the situation through the lens of sport. We’ve had a Ukrainian skier pull out […]

We Must Break You: US Women Crush Russia 7-0 in Boca Raton

We Must Break You: US Women Crush Russia 7-0 in Boca Raton

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Boca Raton, FL– On a sun-splashed South Florida Saturday afternoon on a pristine pitch, the USWNT dismantled a Russia team that bunkered from the beginning 7-0, remaining unbeaten under Tom Sermanni and in their last 41 matches. The only disappointment of the day was that only 8,857 people saw it, despite […]

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