MLS Headed For Amazing Finish

Tweet Ned Joyce It’s been quite a year so far. In the World Cup, the US and Mexico advanced to the 2nd round and Costa Rica to the Quarterfinals.  The MLS had what many consider the best year in its history, with almost more goals per game than any year, and more parity among the…

Oh Captain, My Captain: Trouble Saying Goodbye To Carlos Bocanegra

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon I’ve no idea if there’s a moment in life where you begin to feel old. I’m not referencing a “Murtaugh List”  of things you can’t do at a certain age. That’s too easy and less about mortality than it is about humor. I’m talking about seachange. About the genuine end of childhood…

62 Days Until USA vs. Ghana: Tuesday Thoughts

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Player #30 in our “32 Players to Watch at the 2014 FIFA World Cup” list coming tonight, but let’s get the lay of the land after an exciting week of soccer in the United States, which saw some compelling action in MLS and the opening of the North American Soccer League’s…

USMNT Depth Chart: Gold Cup Edition- Goalkeepers and Central Defenders

Tweet Jon Levy Here at The Yanks Are Coming we write a lot about the harsh realities of small sample size inherent in the game at national team level. So few matches, so much riding on each one, and hardly any opportunities to evaluate without consequences. That’s why we’re including notes made prior to the…

US-Mexico Gameday: Final Pre-Match Thoughts and Links

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon I love the smell of Mexico City in the morning. Smells of crisp spring air, flatas and baked breads, a touch or two of smog and today, of desperation. It’s a strange, brutally small-sample size world we live in as fans and journalists following the international game and so the narratives…

USA-Costa Rica Preview: Part II – Three Points, Any Which Way

Tweet Jon Levy The United States Men’s National Team faces a number of crises ahead of crucial World Cup Qualifiers against Costa Rica in Denver, and away to Mexico at the Azteca. The team lost its first match in this final hexagonal round of qualifying, and looking back to last month, those were the good…

Hex Begins in Honduras: Tall Order for Yanks in Qualifying Opener

Tweet Jon Levy I really couldn’t have said it better than the US Soccer official site myself. We’re not just playing Honduras, the third best team in CONCACAF. We’re not just playing them in one of the largest, loudest, most hostile venues in CONCACAF either. No, Honduras had to go and declare a national holiday…

Tie, Or More than Likely, Go Home: USA-Guatemala Preview

Tweet Jon Levy Tuesday night could become one of the two or three best moments of Jurgen Klinsmann’s time in charge of the national team. It could also become debatably the worst night in the history of the United States Men’s National Team. Not qualifying for a World Cup the first time in the modern…

Crunch Time In Columbus: US-Jamaica Redo Packed With Storylines

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon  “If we don’t win on Tuesday, it gets pretty scary.” – Jozy Altidore Jurgen Klinsmann says “we won’t lose” but Jozy Altidore captures the moment better. Tonight’s Jamaica-USA match, the second such encounter in five days, is the most critical USMNT qualifying match since 2001. Steve Davis at…