USA vs. Portugal: Wounded Animal in the Jungle- Your TYAC Preview

USA vs. Portugal: Wounded Animal in the Jungle- Your TYAC Preview

Tweet Manaus, Amazonas Garrett McInnis and Neil W. Blackmon Sunday marks an important day in the history of US Soccer.  There’s little doubt that this match is probably the most crucial in THIS year’s World Cup group stage.  Even before the Ghana win, it was understood that getting points from the Germany match would be […]

TYAC World Cup Predictions (Belated)

TYAC World Cup Predictions (Belated)

Tweet Garrett McInnis with the TYAC Writers With the start of the World Cup past us, we wanted to throw out a few predictions for this year’s champion. Editors Note:  These predictions were requested and submitted prior to the tournament kickoff Thursday. Due to travel time to Brazil, we simply couldn’t post on time. Have […]

USA. Ghana. The 2014 World Cup: The TYAC Preview

USA. Ghana. The 2014 World Cup: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy – Natal, Brazil Ladies and gentlemen, damas y caballeros, senhoras e senhores, welcome to the World Cup. Welcome to Brazil. Welcome to the long awaited dreaded Group of Death. The USA/Ghana match is finally here. This match is an opportunity for revenge and retribution against the team that eliminated the Yanks from the last […]

Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle For Soccer's Soul: One Writer's Journey

Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle For Soccer’s Soul: One Writer’s Journey

Tweet Joga Bonito E Feio: Racism and the Battle for Soccer’s Soul: One Writer’s Journey In April 2006, FIFA announced the beginning of its “Say No to Racism” campaign, designed, according to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, to use the unifying power of football to combat discrimination of all kinds, and “eradicate the blight of racism […]

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 […]

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