Author: Lawrence Dockery

I became a fan of soccer while watching the USA's run to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and I've been a fan ever since. Originally born in Las Vegas, I now live in the Memphis area. I became a referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. During my senior year of high school, I commentated all of the soccer team's home games and playoff games for the school sports network. Find me on Twitter @ldock93.

5 recent Brazil-Mexico games from 2012 through 2015

Six times in a row. That’s how many consecutive times Mexico has been eliminated in the Round of 16 at the World Cup. The task does not get any easier this time around as not only is Mexico coming off a heavy defeat at the hands of Sweden in their final group stage game but they are facing Brazil who have not failed to advance to the quarterfinals since 1990. But here’s the thing. Mexico/Brazil games are usually tight, tense and enormously entertaining affairs. And while Mexico may have just lost heavily, they still have a very talented squad. Plus ... Read more

VAR, red cards and refereeing at the World Cup so far

The World Cup is now a week old and it’s already been a blast. There have been great games, great goals, last minute winners and high drama all around. Refreshingly, there has been very little controversy surrounding the referees thus far. Let’s all hope it stays that way. But there are a few bullet points to discuss regarding the refereeing at the tournament. Here they are. VAR has been a smashing success Up to this point, VAR has been called on only a few times and awarded three penalties (all correctly): in France vs. Australia, in Sweden vs. South Korea, ... Read more

What to expect from CONCACAF teams at the World Cup in Russia

Four years ago CONCACAF sent four teams to the World Cup: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Honduras. Somewhat remarkably three of those four teams made it to the knockout rounds: USA and Mexico both advanced as far as the Round of 16. Mexico would eventually loose, on a controversial penalty, to the Netherlands. The US eventually fell to Belgium in extra time, while Costa Rica defeated Greece on penalties in the Round of 16 before falling to the Netherlands on penalties in the quarterfinals. This time around CONCACAF is only sending three teams to the World Cup: Mexico, Costa Rica, ... Read more

Best places to watch the World Cup 2018 in Memphis, Tennessee

Four years ago a reasonably strong argument could have been made that Memphis was not a soccer town. Memphis was almost exclusively a basketball town: the Grizzlies were going to the NBA playoffs every year and the Tigers were going to the NCAA Tournament every year. But that was four years ago. Both the Grizzlies and the Tigers have bottomed out while professional soccer has gained a foothold and substantial following in the Bluff City. In 2016, Memphis City FC began play in the NPSL. In late 2017 it was announced that Memphis would be home to a USL team ... Read more

France vs. USA match preview: Young squad faces huge test against World Cup favorites

The series of friendlies that the USMNT is playing before the start of the World Cup got off to a flying start with a resounding 3-0 win over Bolivia on Memorial Day. The opposition then got more difficult against Ireland and the US fell 2-1 on a last minute winner. Now comes the toughest of the three games against a team that many experts are picking to have a very deep run during this World Cup. That team is France. While the US did not look great against Ireland (they lost obviously) they didn’t look completely overmatched, despite interim manager ... Read more

USA vs. Ireland match preview: Young squad faces tougher challenge

So far, so good USMNT coach Dave Sarachan ran out a very youthful lineup and they impressed with a resounding 3-0 over an overmatched Bolivia side. But now the test gets more difficult. A home game against an understrength side that didn’t qualify for the World Cup is one thing. A road game against a team that made it to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016 is quite another. The opponent: Ireland. The display that the young players put on against Bolivia was quite impressive. Three players scored their first international goal: Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah. ... Read more

USA vs Bolivia preview: Several USMNT rookies set to win first caps

In the three games since failing to qualify for the World Cup, the theme has focused on calling up young players. That has held true with the roster for this camp. The average age is less than 23 years old. While some fans have made the argument that since missing the World Cup, the US needs to just build for the future and not worry about results until the 2019 Gold Cup, the argument should be made that the situation calls for the exact opposite. Looking at this roster, it features seven players who have never been capped before: Alex ... Read more

The case for the USMNT to play in 2019 Copa America

Recent reports state the US Men’s National Team has been invited to participate in the 2019 Copa America. The tournament is set to be hosted by Brazil. The 2019 competition will feature all ten CONMEBOL teams, three teams from CONCACAF and three teams from Asia. The US Soccer Federation has yet to make a decision on whether to participate. Here’s why the US should accept the invite The biggest reason why playing in the Copa America should be a no-brainer is that it would offer a huge opportunity. US players can test themselves against high quality opposition in games that ... Read more