US, Mexico Announce Preliminary Rosters For Confed Cup Playoff

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Ready or not, the US will play Mexico October 10 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  The winner of that match will advance to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia. Despite the fact that the match is over a month away, and there’s not really a precedent for needing preliminary…

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…

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…

An Open Letter to Jurgen Klinsmann

Tweet John Halloran Dear Jurgen – We’re Sorry Shortly after the 2014 World Cup, when the excitement of the U.S.’s dramatic extra-time loss to Belgium finally started to wear off, United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann started to come under criticism. He was criticized for his negative tactics, including on this website, perhaps…

Gold Cup Roster Roundtable: Keepers and Defenders

Tweet TYAC STAFF Greetings, Yanks fans!  With the Gold Cup only a month and a half away, it is time for TYAC to take a detailed look at the roster. To do that, we’ve assembled four soccer writers who have seen an international or three and asked them to debate it out. We felt a debate and…

USA vs. Mexico: Fight! The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon Rivalries are often cyclical, but… My how a Graham Zusi header in Panama can change everything.  Since Graham Zusi’s late header found the back of the old onion bag and Panama and delivered El Tri from the “we aren’t going to Brazil” fire and wilderness and into a World…

US 1, Switzerland 1: Yanks Were Better Against Swiss, Until They Weren’t

Tweet John Halloran For 65 minutes on Tuesday night in Zurich, the United States men’s national team was fairly impressive. They controlled decent spells of possession, looked dangerous on the break and were even beating the 12th-ranked Swiss squad. Then, a familiar pattern emerged. Following a foolish red card earned by Jozy Altidore in the…

USA 2, Panama 0: What We Learned in Feel Good Win

Tweet John Halloran Who ever thought a win over a CONCACAF opponent in a January camp friendly could be so important?  Heading into Sunday afternoon’s game against Panama, the United States men’s national team was a pitiful 1-5-3 in its last nine matches and had developed a recent, and unsavory, habit of second-half collapses.  After…

Klinsmann Shows His Narcissistic Side in 3-5-2 Formation Experiment

Tweet I’m a fan of Jurgen Klinsmann. He’s brought the sort of panache and bravado that you would expect from a former World Cup-winning striker. In their coach, the Americans have a personality on the world stage, a headline for the European papers, and a talisman to represent their intention to become a true contender….

Chile 3, US 2: Why, Klinsy, Why?

Tweet John D. Halloran Another match—another second-half collapse by the United States men’s national team. Another match—another set of confounding decisions by U.S. head coach Jurgen Klinsmann.  On Wednesday, the USMNT fell 3-2 to Chile in the first of two friendlies scheduled to conclude this year’s January camp. Despite holding a 2-1 lead at the…

USMNT World Cup Cycle 2018: Czech One, Czech Two

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy Check one. Mic check. Check Two. Mic Check. Is this thing on? World Cup cycle time. Check one. The United States begins the long and winding road of another World Cup cycle- let’s call it “The Road to Russia, maybe”– this evening in beautiful Prague. I’ll give the…

Klinsmann Names 30 Man US Roster for Brazil: Quick Reaction

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann released his 30 man preliminary roster for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this afternoon. “Short Corners” style reaction after the roster. Here’s the your team: Goalkeepers: Tim Howard (Everton FC, England), Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Nick Rimando (Real Salt Lake, MLS) Defenders: DaMarcus Beasley (Puebla, Mexico), John Brooks (Hertha…