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After Finishing 4th: Klinsmann Must Find Best 11 For USMNT, And Fast

After Finishing 4th: Klinsmann Must Find Best 11 For USMNT, And Fast

Tweet Kyle Bonn The dust has settled on the United States loss to Jamaica in the semifinals of the 2015 Gold Cup, and while opinions differ wildly on the future of Jurgen Klinsmann as the long-term answer to the federation’s leadership questions, there is one thing that remains indisputable. The United States still does not know […]

Third Place is the Second Loser: The TYAC USA vs. Panama Preview

Third Place is the Second Loser: The TYAC USA vs. Panama Preview

Tweet Andrew Marcinko, Andrew Villegas and Neil W. Blackmon The United States tumbled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Wednesday night in Atlanta, losing 2-1 to an upstart Jamaica side that had been playing together for nearly two months dating back to a late May camp to help prepare the side for the Copa América. […]

Anatomy of an Upset: Three Thoughts on Jamaica's Win in Atlanta

Anatomy of an Upset: Three Thoughts on Jamaica’s Win in Atlanta

Tweet John D. Halloran The United States men’s national team lost to Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals 2-1 on Wednesday night in Atlanta, eliminating the squad’s hopes of bringing home back-to-back titles in the tournament. Jamaica got off to an early lead in the contest, capitalizing on two set piece opportunities in the first half scored […]

Evaluating Klinsmann the Manager, and Making Sense of the US Loss to Jamaica

Evaluating Klinsmann the Manager, and Making Sense of the US Loss to Jamaica

Tweet Kyle Bonn ATLANTA — The United States lost to Jamaica 2-1 on Wednesday night, crashing out of the 2015 Gold Cup in the semifinals. Everyone has thoughts about it. Everyone. Immediately following the match, Twitter was a primordial soup of hot takes hitting every point of the visible spectrum. Some people wanted Jurgen Klinsmann […]

Jamaica 2, USA 1: Thoughts on A Stunning Upset That Leaves Plenty of Questions

Jamaica 2, USA 1: Thoughts on A Stunning Upset That Leaves Plenty of Questions

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States tumbled out of the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup Wednesday night in Atlanta, falling 2-1 to Jamaica. The match was the first loss for the Yanks to a Caribbean nation on home soil since 1968. It snapped a twenty-six game home unbeaten streak for the Americans, the longest in […]

US Face Strong Semifinal Test Against In-Form Jamaica: The TYAC Preview

US Face Strong Semifinal Test Against In-Form Jamaica: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon Before the United States thumped Cuba 6-0 in Baltimore Saturday afternoon, two things seemed clear. First, Cuba wasn’t a very good soccer team,weakened further by VISA issues and defections as the Gold Cup continued. Second, the US needed to play better. After the US win, Cuba’a lack of […]

USA vs. Cuba: The TYAC Preview

USA vs. Cuba: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy It has been a strange Gold Cup.  All three of the pre-tournament favorites: the United States, Mexico and World Cup quarterfinalist Costa Rica, could lodge complaints about their form and none appear to be runaway favorites heading into this weekend’s quarterfinals. Of the three, Mexico has perhaps played the most attractive soccer, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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