Op-Ed: Time for the US to Move On From Jurgen Klinsmann as Manager

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon There’s infinite melancholy in what happened to US Soccer Saturday, one of if not the most brutal day in the modern era of the US Soccer Federation. First, at a mostly vacant Rio Tinto, a less-talented but better-prepared Honduras side defeated the US 2-0 in a CONCACAF Olympic qualifying semifinal. That evening,…

Despite Legal Questions, FIFA Indictments A Turning Point For Soccer

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon writing from Brooklyn The news broke twelve minutes before midnight on the east coast and jolted many from the early stages of slumber, leaving many wondering if they had slipped into a dreamworld or alternate universe. First reported by four reporters at the New York Times, ten high-ranking soccer officials who…

International Breaks, FIFA, and the MLS Playoffs

Tweet Andrew Marcinko Alright FIFA, who do we have to bribe to get some more conveniently scheduled international breaks around here? Ok, I’ll admit, I’m still a little sour about the Qatar thing. I’m teetering between ‘Anger’ and ‘Bargaining’ on the five stages of grief. I’m told ‘Depression’ is up next, which can only mean…

Lack of August USMNT Friendly Marks End of Idiotic Era

Tweet Jon Levy There’s no US Men’s National Team match this week, and I’m absolutely overjoyed about it! Am I still burnt out from the World Cup? As a writer? As a fan? No and nope and nuh-uh. In fact, it’s already been a great week for the USMNT. The right back of the future,…

C’mon Man ! Open Letter to FIFA Regarding Club World Cup

Tweet Dear FIFA, First, let me start off by saying I’m a big fan! I love that World Cup thing you put together once every four years, and y’know, a bunch of other soccer and such. Recently I see you’ve been real busy doing things like picking sites for future tournaments and dealing with issues…

Qatar. Americans Should Remember 1994 and Get Over It.

Tweet At the risk of sounding like American-hating, socialist-sympathizing, Hispanic-espousing, nothing-new-to-be-saying Paul Gardner…it’s time for U.S. soccer fans to get over it. This decision that FIFA made on the 2022 World Cup: holding the World Cup in a country that could not qualify on its own, a country without a world-class player from inside its…

Rehashing World Cup Memories

Tweet The first World Cup I can remember watching in earnest was Spain in 1982. I was nine years old and was given my first World Cup wall chart from my dad. This was an incredible device in itself and I got many hours of fun before the tournament recreating my own tournaments with dice…

England Bemusings By A Brit

Tweet Like nasal hair, seemingly incomprehensible candy bar prices and bafflement at acronyms; another part of growing older is seemingly antipathy towards sporting stars – particularly footballers. When I were a lad (queue Dvorak’s New World Symphony – used in a British bread commercial and as musical shorthand for anything, grim, northern or nostalgic since)…