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Author Archives: Eric Altshule

Bob Bradley Signs to Coach USMNT Through 2014 World Cup

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Reports have come out this evening confirming that Bob Bradley will stay as coach of the US Mens National Team for another four years.  Just as speculation was growing that Bradley would be out, Jurgen Klinsmann would be in, and … Continue reading

Thierry Henry Is Shaping Up as the Best Designated Player in MLS History

Posted on by Eric Altshule

When MLS created the Designated Player rule several seasons ago, many fans were both excited and nervous.  The benefits were obvious – it was an opportunity to retain great American players and attract great foreign players by allowing teams to … Continue reading

Why the US is a Lock to Host the 2022 World Cup (or Maybe 2018)

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There is some real drama about which European country will host the next World Cup.  Both England and Russia have submitted solid bids, and FIFA is going to have to think very deeply about which country will get to host … Continue reading

Why Russia Could Beat England to Host 2018 World Cup

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  This week The FIFA inspection committee responsible for producing the report on all the possible host countries for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups visits England.  The committee will be touring London, Manchester, Sunderland and Newcastle, inspecting stadia, looking … Continue reading

Landon Donovan is Going to Europe. It’s About Time.

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In a post-game interview after last night’s All-Star game, Landon Donovan said “We have had transfer interest and we will have some time to think about it and see where it goes.  There is interest from a number of teams.” … Continue reading

The FA Fiddles as the Three Lions Burn

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With a few weeks perspective after another predictable and disappointing quad-annual collapse by the latest version of England’s best-team-in-a-generation, the FA is starting to weigh in.  In article published yesterday in the Mirror, the FA revealed its new strategy – … Continue reading

An American Soccer Culture Emerges in South Africa

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  Soccer has an almost magical ability to reflect a national character.  Brazil is a sensuous, musical nation, and for its national soccer team, it is not enough to simply win – they need to win with grace, style and … Continue reading

Bob Bradley Did Great, but the USMNT Should Hire Someone New

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After the failure of Germany 2006, nobody wanted to hire Bob Bradley for this job. It was hard to find a fan that thought he was the right man. US Soccer was desperate to hire Jurgen Klinsman. Columnist fantasized about … Continue reading

I Come Not to Bury the USMNT, But to Praise Them

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So how good is the US Men’s National Team? Over the past two years, the US team has fully revealed itself in relation to other teams and this is the report card- • The USMNT is well ensconced in the … Continue reading

So Much for the Three Lions

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I now have a new all-time favorite soccer quote.  After the English team drew against the USA and Algeria, barely beat Slovenia and was torn open and summarily dismissed from the World Cup by Germany, BBC commentator Chris Waddle had … Continue reading

Hey Neven – Enjoy the Rest of Your Summer, and Other Random Thoughts on the US Victory

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As the US team prepares to face Ghana in the round of 16, and the rest of us recover from yesterday’s game and steel ourselves for Saturday, a few random thoughts: Neven Subotic can now work on his tan.  Subotic … Continue reading

US 1 – Algeria 0 — US Produces 90+ Minutes of Agony Followed by 5 Seconds of Ecstasy

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Well, that may not have been the most elegant game of soccer the US has ever played. It was certainly the bravest. After a game like that, long-form elegant pose are really not part of the agenda. Instead, here are … Continue reading

It Is Time for the US to Win a World Cup Game

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  June 17 2002.  Mexico 0 – US 2.  That is the last time the US won a game in the World Cup.  It is time to do it again. Since that day eight years ago, the US has had … Continue reading

England’s Biggest Problem – They Are Just Not that Good

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  For a number of months there has been a debate on this site about how good the English team really is.  Most have claimed that this version of the Three Lions represented a golden generation of players finally coming … Continue reading

For Abject England, Expect More of the Same

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  England fans have traditionally been guilty of the sin of not really looking.  Reading the English press, there seems a general sense of shock about how their team performed in their first game yesterday.  But to a neutral observer, … Continue reading

The L.A. Galaxy – You Win Some, You Draw Some

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No Donovan.  No Buddle.  No Beckham.  No problem. The L.A. Galaxy continued their astounding early season form this evening with a 4-1 bulldozing of the Houston Dynamo this evening at the Home Depot Center.  The Galaxy continued their absolutely torrid … Continue reading

Giuseppe Rossi Will Be Playing for…..Nobody

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The best American striker – and a guaranteed starter against England on June 12 – was not destined to be Jozy Altidore, Charlie Davies or (certainly) Robbie Findley.  The best American striker is New Jersey-born, rap-music loving, Playstation-playing Giuseppe Rossi.  … Continue reading

This US Team is the Most Prepared US Team in History

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Since Bob Bradley was named coach of the US National Soccer team shortly after the US crashed out of the 2006 World Cup, he has made it a mission to put his players up against the best the world has … Continue reading