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73 Days From USA and Ghana: Thoughts of the Day

73 Days From USA and Ghana: Thoughts of the Day

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon As good a time as any to begin what will be your author’s daily countdown diary to the United States and Ghana kicking off the Yanks 2014 World Cup campaign in Natal. As this is the beginning of this feature, all I can suggest is that each day I’ll address certain […]

Slovenia Match Bigger Than Beatles

Slovenia Match Bigger Than Beatles

Tweet Having put the most-hyped soccer match in American history in their rearview, capturing a point and putting at least some of the doubters regarding American soccer to rest, for the time being, the Yanks now prepare to play the most important game of this tournament. In many ways,  Friday morning’s tilt with Slovenia is […]

USA-Slovenia Preview

USA-Slovenia Preview

Tweet Once again the Yanks are looking at a mismatch with regard to quality, but this time the scales are tipped towards the Americans. Slovenia is a plucky and well organized team who approaches each game with organization and determination. What they lack in individual quality they make up for in heart. You can see […]

The USA Dual Nationality Squad

The USA Dual Nationality Squad

Tweet The United States is known, for good reason, as a nation of immigrants. That reality is reflected in the makeup of our national team. Plenty of American players could have represented another country, like that despicable Judas traitor Giuseppe Rossi did. And conversely, plenty of players playing for foreign national teams could have suited […]

How Important Is MLS To The USMNT?

How Important Is MLS To The USMNT?

Tweet Back in the sepia-toned days of the 2002 World Cup, much of the American team that reached the quarterfinals was based in the US. Integral contributors like Cobi Jones, Brian McBride, and Eddie Pope hailed from MLS teams. Now, the 15-year-old league seems marginal, at best. Out of the established core of starters, only […]

1996 Seems So Long Ago

1996 Seems So Long Ago

Tweet With the players and owners in agreement and the 15th MLS season upon us, complacency is coming at soccer fans like an unskilled, college defender. Let us remember that we have not always had this level of soccer in the U.S., and it wasn’t easy getting here. There were some extremely dark days. The […]

Deconstructing The MLS CBA

Deconstructing The MLS CBA

Tweet Get your popcorn ready, MLS fans. After delays, threats of strike, and hard pressed late night negotiations, the MLS Players Union and Major League Soccer agreed to a five year, brand spanking new collective bargaining agreement. The main points: Based on the age and years of service, the majority of players will now have […]

Ranking MLS Soccer Stadiums

Ranking MLS Soccer Stadiums

Tweet I’m sick and tired of defending Major League Soccer. In conversations pertaining to athletics, most people lose faith in my sports knowledge when I even casually mention the word “soccer.” Soccer? You’re joking, right? At this point, my buddies take a good three to four minutes to bash the game they don’t fully understand. […]

U.S. versus Qatar: The Battle for 2022

U.S. versus Qatar: The Battle for 2022

Tweet Steve Martin once did a bit on Saturday Night Live where his single Christmas wish was world peace. When he considered additional wishes, world peace withered in importance. He added money, power and a 31-day orgasm. FIFA is like that when it looks to decide where World Cups should be played. Putting aside those […]

The Luck Of The Drawer

The Luck Of The Drawer

Tweet Another big difference between you and your football brethren o’er the pond is our attitudes regarding luck and fortune and our relative ability to influence and harness it – or believe we can.  Ask any English fan if their team is going to win at the weekend and they will come back with a […]

USA to take on Netherlands in Amsterdam

USA to take on Netherlands in Amsterdam

Tweet Netherlands. March 3. In Amsterdam. Who knew they had this one in the works? One day after announcing plans to play Honduras at home on January 23rd Bob Bradley and his men have officially scheduled a game against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on March 3rd. This is a daunting task, but a necessary one. […]

Soca Warriors Part Two Preview – Blackmon

Tweet Look, it is well known and established below that the United States has had a few issues in being as impressive as we know after this summer they are capable of being in the last two qualifying matches. Tonight’s match in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago is one more chance for the U.S. […]

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