After Advancing, US Ready for Toughest Hexagonal To Date

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States routed Trinidad and Tobago 4-0 Tuesday night at Everbank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The result helped the United States advance to CONCACAF’s final six team qualifying round, colloquially known as “The Hex”, for the sixth consecutive time. CONCACAF moved to the format in 1998, when the World Cup…

High Drama As CONCACAF Heads To Labor Day Qualifying Break

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon             Labor Day marks the unofficial final stand of summer for most the country, particularly up north, where school beckons on the other side and barbeque grills linger, hoping to keep the smells of a summer well spent in the air just a moment longer. For soccer…

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,…

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

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…

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…

USA vs. Honduras, Game 1, AD: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon Well, here we are, after all the emotion- even if it still feels slightly bizarre or surreal- of Friday night. The first match of the post-Donovan era (when Donovan wasn’t an available player in the pool not chosen by his manager!) begins on a hopeful note, as young…

Domination in Dallas: Donovan and Deep US Continue Historic Run in Rout of Honduras

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The pitch was hideous, sanded over slabs of sod laid on concrete. The fans- there were 80,000 of them- were largely decked out in green, red and white. Despite the field, the venue, monstrous high-definition scoreboard gleaming and field-level luxury boxes brimming, was befitting of the moment: a semifinal with a date at venerable Soldier Field…

Now Making Progress, US Must Finish The Drill Against Honduras

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Prior to the Belgium match, Jon Levy wrote that this summer for the United States Men’s National Team would be divided into two acts, and that in either of these acts, the US would have a chance for a definitive, signature moment, or even a collective grouping of moments, where the…