Episode 1 of The Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show

Tweet Embed from Getty Images Happy New Year to all! Episode 1 of our new Yanks Are Coming Soccer Show is now up and posted. Kartik and I talk Bob Bradley’s early Swansea dismissal, review the year that was for the USMNT and USWNT and talk about the women’s collective bargaining agreement negotiations. Listen here. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/yanksarecoming/2016/12/30/the-yanks-are-coming-soccer-show-episode-1 I-Tunes…

Evaluating the Rio Disappointment and What’s Next for the US Women

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon It’s been a week since the US Women’s National Team tumbled out of the 2016 Rio Olympics without a medal, losing a quarterfinal match on penalties to Sweden. The quarterfinal exit was the earliest exit for a US women’s team in a major tournament (Olympics or World Cup) and has spawned…

Rio 2016: Two Games, Six Points, and Yet the US Women Can Play Better?

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The US earned six points in their opening two matches of the 2016 Olympic games, capped off with Saturday’s 1-0 victory over a terrific France side at the fabled Estadio Mineirão. Dating back to the beginning of last summer’s World Cup in Canada, the US women have notched shutouts in 14 of 17…

Breaking Down the US Women’s Soccer Wage Discrimination Complaint

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon Unless you spent yesterday with all cords and olive branches to the world cut, you know by now that five of US Soccer’s top world champion female players filed a federal complaint Wednesday morning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (hereinafter EEOC). The EEOC is the federal agency that enforces compliance…

Amid Court Controversy, US Women Open She Believes Cup with Win Over England

Tweet Embed from Getty Images TAMPA- The world champion US Women’s National team opened the SheBelieves Cup Thursday night with a hard-fought 1-0 win over England on a pleasant, sea breeze infused March evening in Tampa. An enthusiastic 13,027 paid to see it. Here are four thoughts on the Americans victory. England gave the US fits down…

Germany Edges France To Open Inaugural SheBelieves Cup in Tampa

Tweet Embed from Getty Images Tampa- The inaugural SheBelieves Cup began on a warm and overcast evening in Tampa Thursday evening with a match between Germany and France, ranked second and third in the FIFA Women’s rankings respectively. The tournament replaces the traditional Algarve Cup on the US Women’s annual schedule, and features four of the…

Complicated and Wonderful, America’s Greatest Goalscorer Says Goodbye

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon — NEW ORLEANS Tomorrow night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, Abby Wambach will play in her final soccer match. She’ll leave the pitch the leading goalscorer in international soccer history. Wambach departs the game a consummate winner. She captured the NCAA Championship as a freshmen at the University of Florida. She later…

Quarterfinal Conundrum: Against Tough China, US Search For Playmakers

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon This much is certain. The United States can defend.  Ahead of their quarterfinal Friday night against China, the Americans have conceded just one goal at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in four matches, and haven’t been under any consistent pressure since the first half against Australia. The Americans have conceded just twice since…

Women’s World Cup: Day 12 Group Stage Lessons and A Knock Out of An Elim Bracket

Tweet Neil W. Blackmon The 2015 FIFA Womens’ World Cup group stages ended yesterday with a flourish, capping an excellent twelve days of soccer and setting up an intensely competitive knockout stage bracket full of intriguing matchups and potential matchups. The key takeaways from Day 12? A dominating performance from one of the pre-tournament favorites,…