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). […]

USA Kick off 2016 against Quality Iceland Side: The TYAC Preview

USA Kick off 2016 against Quality Iceland Side: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy USA vs. Iceland: Your TYAC Preview US Men’s National Team soccer is back, finally! More importantly for the Yanks, 2015 is gone; dead and buried with the hopes and expectations of fans and players alike. And if the new year doesn’t come with better results, well, we’re looking at missing out on the Olympics […]

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 […]

Minnows of the Caribbean: The TYAC USA vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Preview

Minnows of the Caribbean: The TYAC USA vs. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Preview

Tweet Jon Levy  The United States begins the process of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia tomorrow night in St. Louis (6:30 PM, ESPN 2) against the tiny south Caribbean island nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is the earliest in the modern era the US have started play in a […]

November Qualifiers: Group and Roster Analysis

November Qualifiers: Group and Roster Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US Men’s National team begins its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next Friday night in St. Louis when they take on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Round 4, Group C play of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. There are three groups of four in this round, […]

In Orlando, A Roaring Send-Off for Lauren Holiday, Quietly America's Best

In Orlando, A Roaring Send-Off for Lauren Holiday, Quietly America’s Best

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon At a sun-splashed Citrus Bowl in Orlando Sunday, the US Women’s National Team defeated world #7 Brazil 3-1. The win extended the USWNT’s unbeaten streak in 2015 to 22 and their home unbeaten streak to 102. But on a day that saw Stephanie McCaffrey become the 18th USWNT player to score a […]

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