As US Health Questions Linger, Arena’s Summer Choices Become More Difficult

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Embed from Getty Images As the calendar lurches toward another summer of soccer, US Men’s National Team manager Bruce Arena faces both tactical and fitness questions about his player pool as European seasons wind down, MLS players rounding into form and the health of key American players.  Clint Dempsey is back…

US Conclude January Camp Against Jamaica: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy The US opened the second Bruce Arena era last Sunday afternoon with a sleepy 0-0 draw in San Diego. For most the afternoon, the match against a young, experimental Serbia side played out like so many of the “end of January camp” matches past: a slog of tired…

USA Begin Final Round “Hex” Against Rival Mexico: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Jon Levy and Neil W. Blackmon The United States opens play in CONCACAF’s final round of 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying Friday night in Columbus, Ohio. The Americans will play rival Mexico at MAPFRE Stadium at 8 PM (FOX SPORTS 1). Over the past fifteen years, Columbus has established itself as the American home…

What to Take Away From The October Friendlies

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States played New Zealand to a 1-1 draw last night in Washington, DC. Julian Green scored for the United States in the 27th minute, with Monty Patterson grabbing New Zealand’s equalizer in the 73rd minute of play. A paltry crowd of 9,012 paid to see it. In truth, the…

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…

For US, Decisive Qualifiers Begin in Caribbean: The TYAC Preview

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon and Jon Levy For the second consecutive cycle under manager Jurgen Klinsmann, the US enter the final weekend of the Fourth Round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying needing at least one win to secure passage to the final qualifying round, affectionately called “The Hex.”  Last cycle, the US actually fell behind…

Breaking Down the USMNT September Qualifying Roster

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Jurgen Klinsmann has called in 26 players to represent the United States in two decisive World Cup qualifiers to be played over a five day period surrounding Labor Day weekend. As of writing, there has been one injury replacement as well, with New York Red Bulls midfielder Sacha Kljestan brought in…

Despite Pregame Chatter, US Played Scared Against Argentina

Tweet Kyle Bonn The United States came into their Copa America semifinal against Argentina with a strong mindset, a belief they could complete a task many thought impossible. They spoke plenty in the lead-up to the match about how they weren’t afraid, they were ready, and they were going to play their game on their…

After Defeat of Ecuador, US Fans Having Fun Again

Tweet Kyle Bonn FOR THE FIRST TIME UNDER JURGEN KLINSMANN, US FANS ARE GENUINELY HAVING FUN Winning cures all ailments, but one specific scourge has blighted USMNT viewers since the beginning of the Jurgen Klinsmann reign. It’s an ugly disease, one that saps fans of their dignity, one that strips them of their humanity in a cruel…

Colombia 2, United States 0: TYAC Analysis

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The United States lost 2-0 to Colombia Friday night in the opening match of the Copa America Centenario at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The defeat puts the US in a precarious position as they head to Chicago for Tuesday night’s match at Soldier Field against another 2014 World Cup…