November Qualifiers: Group and Roster Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US Men’s National team begins its quest to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia next Friday night in St. Louis when they take on Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in Round 4, Group C play of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament. There are three groups of four in this round,…

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…

US Face Holland Side Hardly Running Like Clockwork: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann’s side heads into its summer schedule with two stern friendly tests over the next week: tomorrow’s match against Holland at the Amsterdam Arena (2:30 PM, ET, ESPN) and next Wednesday at Germany in Cologne. Both opponents have largely called in their best squads, with European qualifying on the horizon….

Dos A Cero: What We Learned At the Alamodome

Tweet John Halloran Dos a cero, the most iconic scoreline in the history of the United States men’s national team, added another chapter to its storied history on Wednesday night as the U.S. once again defeated arch-rival Mexico 2-0, this time in San Antonio, Texas. The victory came on the back on two second-half goals,…

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…

TYAC MLS 24 Under 24 Ballot

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Of late, MLS has asked media to vote on the 24 best players under 24, and while the rankings are at bottom just a fun “who to watch” list, they also make for great fodder down the road as the youngsters who make (or don’t make) further develop and shape their…

Klinsmann Signals Intent To Win With Veteran-Heavy Gold Cup Roster

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann’s Gold Cup roster was released yesterday, and it is a veteran-heavy group that should be the favorites to lift the trophy for the first time since Benny Feilhaber’s blast-heard-round-the-continent in 2007. Here is the roster: GOALKEEPERS (3) : Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Sean Johnson (Chicago Fire), Nick Rimando (Real…

TYAC USMNT Olympic Qualifying Position Breakdown: Am I Being Too Forward ?

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Caleb Porter’s U-23 side, the January camp edition, fell 4-0 to the Klinsmann Camp Cupcake edition of the USMNT this weekend, and while conceding four goals to the senior side may cause some alarm among those anxiously monitoring this group’s progress, it’s the lack of goals that was somewhat surprising to…