Bob Bradley Signs to Coach USMNT Through 2014 World Cup
Bob Bradley Signs to Coach USMNT Through 2014 World Cup

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 US Soccer was going to make some significant changes before […]

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

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 offer a few salaries commensurate with the great leagues of […]

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

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 this prestigious event.  However, FIFA is awarding both the 2018 […]

Why Russia Could Beat England to Host 2018 World Cup
Why Russia Could Beat England to Host 2018 World Cup

  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 at infrastructure, and getting charmed by David Beckham, Fabio Capello […]

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

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.” To be explicit, what Donovan said he is going to […]

The FA Fiddles as the Three Lions Burn
The FA Fiddles as the Three Lions Burn

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 – groom an English coach to take over for Fabio Capello […]

An American Soccer Culture Emerges in South Africa
An American Soccer Culture Emerges in South Africa

  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 beauty.  At the other end of the spectrum, a disciplined, […]

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

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 importing some maestro from Europe or South America. When the […]

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

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 second tier of international soccer, which is no small feat. […]

So Much for the Three Lions
So Much for the Three Lions

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 this observation: “England will never win the World Cup while […]

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

  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 a courageous defeat (Germany in 2002), several heroic fight backs […]

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

  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 to the pinnacle of their skills and ready to challenge […]

For Abject England, Expect More of the Same
For Abject England, Expect More of the Same

  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, the result, and England’s sorry, tired performance, was not really […]

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

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 pace and are still undefeated with 10 wins and 2 […]

Giuseppe Rossi Will Be Playing for…..Nobody
Giuseppe Rossi Will Be Playing for…..Nobody

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.  Unfortunately, four years ago Rossi turned down the opportunity to […]

This US Team is the Most Prepared US Team in History
This US Team is the Most Prepared US Team in History

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 to offer.  Since 2006, the US team has travelled to […]