32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #17 Kevin Prince-Boateng

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #17 Kevin Prince-Boateng

Tweet Jon Levy It’s been a while since we did a “Haters Gonna Hate” piece at TYAC. Years even. (We used to call these “Jackleg” pieces). But when you take four years off your national team, and then conveniently decide you love Ghana right before the World Cup, well- you’re asking for it. Landon couldn’t even get […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #18 Luka Modric

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #18 Luka Modric

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Sometimes, a player is second-fiddle at club. Sometimes, this trend carries over to country, regardless of the player’s genuine class, such as Edinson Cavani of Uruguay and PSG, our #18 Player to Watch, who Jon Levy wrote a tremendous piece on you can read here.  Other times, a player is second […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #19 Edinson Cavani

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #19 Edinson Cavani

Tweet Jon Levy We’re into the top twenty of our countdown, and today we look at one of the men who will lead the champions of South America into the World Cup on their home continent. If your new to these pieces, and wonder how they work, check out Guy Bailey’s “Englishmen’s view to Jozy […]

On Michael Wilbon's Sad Klinsmann Xenophobia

On Michael Wilbon’s Sad Klinsmann Xenophobia

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Thursday, Michael Wilbon told Jurgen Klinsmann to “Get out of America.” Then he told him to “Get the Hell out of America.” And then I became sad. Greg Howard at Deadspin took the high road, shrugging the remarks off as more of the same from the four letter network. I won’t. A once proud […]

A Proper Send-Off: Yanks vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville- Your TYAC Preview

A Proper Send-Off: Yanks vs. Nigeria in Jacksonville- Your TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Colin Udoh First things first. For the final Send-Off Series match, we’re thrilled to have Colin Udoh of ESPN, Talksport, Supersport and many other fine publications join us. Colin is an expert on most soccer, but particularly an expert when it comes to Nigeria’s Super Eagles. He’s traveled with Nigeria for all of their […]

32 Players To Watch In Brazil: #20 Jozy Altidore

32 Players To Watch In Brazil: #20 Jozy Altidore

Tweet Guy Bailey If the United States are to do any damage in the “Group of Death”, they’ll need a player who scored two goals in an entire season while playing forward to lead the line. Naturally, this makes Boca Raton, Florida product Josmer Altidore a player of import, and a player to watch, in the […]

Turkey Takeaways: Optimism in Attack, The Jones Debate, Defensive Questions

Turkey Takeaways: Optimism in Attack, The Jones Debate, Defensive Questions

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Zack Goldman The United States pulled a “deja vu all over again” in Yogi Berra’s backyard by beating Turkey 2-1 in a World Cup Send-Off Series match for the second straight cycle, this time at a sold-out Red Bull Arena. The result was positive. Turkey are a good, but not great […]

TYAC's US vs. Turkey Preview: Turks a Tactical Challenge

TYAC’s US vs. Turkey Preview: Turks a Tactical Challenge

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon USA – Turkey: Your TYAC Preview Welcome to round two of the Send-Off Series, a round that should be a lot more telling than round one. Tuesday’s win over Azerbaijan was a good start, but it wasn’t exactly revelatory. The Yanks can score on set pieces, and Jurgen […]

USA 2, Azerbaijan 0: Five Final Thoughts

USA 2, Azerbaijan 0: Five Final Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States Men’s National Team opened the “Send-Off Series” for the 2014 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over Azerbaijan Tuesday night in San Francisco. In scoring twice, the Americans did what only fellow “Group of Death” side Portugal managed to do in the last two years: score twice against […]

USA vs. Azerbaijan: Tuesdays With Berti - Your TYAC Preview

USA vs. Azerbaijan: Tuesdays With Berti – Your TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy USA – Azerbaijan: Your TYAC Preview Welcome to the Send-off Series. And more than that, welcome to an incredibly strange, exciting, bittersweet, yet optimistic moment for US Soccer. Some of the aforementioned adjectives obviously stem from all-time USMNT great Landon Donovan’s exclusion from Jurgen Klinsmann’s World Cup squad, but let’s dispense with […]

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #21 Leighton Baines

32 Players to Watch in Brazil: #21 Leighton Baines

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As the Landon Donovan omission story showed this week, there’s a thin line between the modern day soccer writer and the modern day soccer fan. I mention this only as a fair preempt for this piece about our #21 Player to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, England […]

Klinsmann Names USMNT 23 Man World Cup Roster: The TYAC Reaction

Klinsmann Names USMNT 23 Man World Cup Roster: The TYAC Reaction

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon First things first. Here is the 2014 US Men’s National Team named this afternoon by Jurgen Klinsmann  for the World Cup in Brazil.  Goalkeepers:  Tim Howard (Everton, England), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake, MLS) Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), Matt Besler (Sporting Kansas City, MLS), John […]

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