As US Health Questions Linger, Arena’s Summer Choices Become More Difficult

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Embed from Getty Images As the calendar lurches toward another summer of soccer, US Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena faces both tactical and fitness questions about his player pool as European seasons wind down, MLS players rounding into form and the health of key American players.  Clint Dempsey is back…

US Conclude January Camp Against Jamaica: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy The US opened the second Bruce Arena era last Sunday afternoon with a sleepy 0-0 draw in San Diego. For most the afternoon, the match against a young, experimental Serbia side played out like so many of the “end of January camp” matches past: a slog of tired…

Bruce Arena Era 2.0 Begins Against Serbia: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy The United States Men’s National Team begins 2017 play Sunday in San Diego with a friendly against Serbia at Qualcomm Stadium (4 ET, ESPN 2).  The game also marks the first game of Bruce Arena’s second stint as national team manager. Arena returns, of course, after autumn’s World Cup qualifying failures against Mexico…

Home-Grown: Arena 2.0 Begins With Domestic Players Getting Chance

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Bruce Arena’s second stint as US Men’s National Team manager will officially open with a difficult friendly against Serbia in San Diego on January 29, 2017. It began for preparation purposes yesterday afternoon, when Arena named 32 players to his first camp (back) in charge. Players will report to the National Training…

What to Take Away From The October Friendlies

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States played New Zealand to a 1-1 draw last night in Washington, DC. Julian Green scored for the United States in the 27th minute, with Monty Patterson grabbing New Zealand’s equalizer in the 73rd minute of play. A paltry crowd of 9,012 paid to see it. In truth, the…

USMNT Conclude Hex Prep Against New Zealand: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon A massive hurricane blasted Haiti, Cuba, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina last week, leaving death, destruction and millions of dollars of damage in its wake. Our thoughts go out to the victims and their families who look to piece together their lives and rebuild. If you want to…

For US, Decisive Qualifiers Begin in Caribbean: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy For the second consecutive cycle under manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the US enter the final weekend of the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying needing at least one win to secure passage to the final qualifying round, affectionately called “The Hex.”  Last cycle, the US actually fell behind…

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…

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…