A Grinding Victory: Final Thoughts on USA 2, Honduras 1

A Grinding Victory: Final Thoughts on USA 2, Honduras 1

Tweet John D. Halloran The United States men’s national team opened up its 2015 Gold Cup campaign on Tuesday night in Frisco, Texas with an ugly 2-1 win over Honduras. Clint Dempsey scored twice for the Americans with both tallies on headers from set pieces. The first goal by the former captain came in the […]

US Open Gold Cup vs Pinto-Led Honduras: The TYAC Preview

US Open Gold Cup vs Pinto-Led Honduras: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon Have a championship level World Cup hangover? If so, it is time to channel your inner Carli Lloyd and find another level, because the American summer of soccer continues with the CONCACAF Gold Cup beginning Tuesday in Dallas. Why does the Gold Cup matter, you know, besides for […]

Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Four Thoughts on An Improbable World Cup Final Rematch

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Following the tremendous 2-0 US victory over world number one Germany Tuesday night in Montreal, thoughts on Sunday’s rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final with reigning World champion Japan, in Vancouver (5PM ET, FOX). First, there is no joy without sadness and there is nothing to celebrate without something to forget, […]

USA 4, Guatemala 0: Three Thoughts From the US Gold Cup Tuneup Victory

USA 4, Guatemala 0: Three Thoughts From the US Gold Cup Tuneup Victory

Tweet John Halloran Only four days before the opening of the all-important 2015 Gold Cup, the United States men’s national team cruised to a 4-0 win over Guatemala in a friendly on Friday night in Nashville. The Americans labored through the first half, but put on a show in the second frame to the delight […]

Yanks Tuneup for Gold Cup against Guatemala: The TYAC Preview

Yanks Tuneup for Gold Cup against Guatemala: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon USA v. Guatemala: Your TYAC Preview How do you follow up exhilarating wins on European soil against global power Holland and World Cup Champion Germany? Challenge yourself against longtime rival (that part is true) and(Central American) power (in baseball) Guatemala, of course.  The US are world beaters now, […]

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach's Legacy Lurks In Shadows

As US Ready For Germany Showdown, Abby Wambach’s Legacy Lurks In Shadows

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Abby Wambach has long been defined not simply by her ability to score goals at an incredible rate, but by her candor. That’s how as a youngster on the US Women’s National Team you end up getting a shirt from legend Julie Foudy that reads “HELP! I’m taking and I can’t […]

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon This much is certain. The United States can defend.  Ahead of their quarterfinal Friday night against China, the Americans have conceded just one goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in four matches, and haven’t been under any consistent pressure since the first half against Australia. The Americans have conceded just twice since […]

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Gold Cup Roster: TYAC Analysis

Jurgen Klinsmann Names 23 Man Gold Cup Roster: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon First, Here is your 23 man US roster for the Gold Cup. GOALKEEPERS (3) : Brad Guzan (Aston Villa/2007), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake/2011, 2013), William Yarbrough (Club Leon)  DEFENDERS (7) : Ventura Alvarado (Club America), John Brooks (Hertha Berlin), Timmy Chandler (Eintracht Frankfurt), Brad Evans (Seattle Sounders FC/2009), Omar Gonzalez […]

Women's World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Women’s World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 FIFA Womens’ World Cup group stages ended yesterday with a flourish, capping an excellent twelve days of soccer and setting up an intensely competitive knockout stage bracket full of intriguing matchups and potential matchups. The key takeaways from Day 12? A dominating performance from one of the pre-tournament favorites, […]

Gold Cup Roster Roundtable: Midfielders and Forwards

Gold Cup Roster Roundtable: Midfielders and Forwards

Tweet As promised, the conclusion of a Gold Cup roster roundtable we began in May. Here is the link to Part One, keepers and defenders. This time, we have a provisional roster that further frames our discussion. Note that much of this was written prior to the release of the provisional roster, and the purpose of […]

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Under the Press-ure: Christen Press and US Face Big Test Against Sweden

Tweet “The main thing I think about when I think about European soccer and my time in Sweden is that’s where I refell in love with the game. That’s where I found passion again and it is that passion that led me to the national team.” — Christen Press Neil W. Blackmon Following a thrilling […]

National Men's Soccer Team European Vacation: Postscript

National Men’s Soccer Team European Vacation: Postscript

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The Yanks headed to Europe all Rusty Griswold, all growing pains and acne and physical and mental changes and challenges to deal with but dreaming big. Friendlies against two of Europe and global football’s giants on their turf the perfect measuring stick before their own continental championship in July. Even with […]

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