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.

Mexico’s attendances for games in US were 48% greater than USMNT’s in 2017

Photo credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports For the year 2017, Mexico’s matches that were played on US soil had an average attendance that was 48% greater than the average attendance for matches played by the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in their own country, according to our research. The USMNT scored an average attendance of 29,400, which was the first time in a decade that the national team had back-to-back years of average attendances under 30,000. In comparison, El Tri, the Mexico national team, had an average attendance of 43,586. The US played 14 games on US soil in ... Read more

TV ratings for US Women’s National Team in 2017

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports For the US Women’s National Team, TV ratings have been better the last few years than they have been at any point in history. However, similar to the men’s national team, the viewership figures for the women’s national team are trending downward, though for vastly different reasons. And like the men’s team, the downward trend for the women’s team figures to carry on for some time as the Women’s World Cup isn’t until the summer of 2019. Now it should be said here that the downward trend for the USWNT viewership figures is not ... Read more

TV ratings for US Men’s National Team down 15% in 2017

In addition to sponsorships and attendance, one of the major ways to gauge the popularity of any sporting event or league in this country is the TV ratings. Soccer is no different. For the US Men’s National Team, TV ratings have been good for the most part for the last several years. However, the trend this year is pointing downward. And with the US failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, that trend looks set to continue until at least the summer of 2019. In 2017, the average viewership for the men’s national team on English ... Read more

Home attendances for US Women’s National Team games up 13% compared to 2016

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The US Women’s National Team have completed their final game of the 2017 calendar year. The performances leave plenty for fans to be worried about (the women’s national team finished last at the She Believes Cup and only managed second at the Tournament of Nations). However, after the worrying trend last year of declining attendance, the news that that decline appears to have temporarily stopped is good news. Indeed, the women saw their average attendance rise a good amount. For the USWNT it was nothing but good news on the attendance front. The average ... Read more

US suffers back-to-back average annual attendance under 30k for first time in decade

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports For the average US Men’s National Team home attendance during 2017, it was a case of good news and bad news. The good news is that it only fell 1% when compared to the average attendance in 2016. The bad news is that it’s the first time in more than 10 years that the national men’s team suffered average attendances of less than 30,000 in back-to-back years. The last time the United States Men’s National Team had average attendances of less than 30,000 in consecutive years, it was 2005 and 2006. From 2016 to ... Read more

Portugal vs. US Men’s National Team preview: US aims to restore faith after World Cup disaster

The US is not going to the 2018 World Cup. It’s been over a month since that dismal night in Trinidad but it’s still a sore spot and it’s still shocking to hear and say. It’s also quite depressing. But it’s time to turn the page on that dark chapter in US Soccer history and to make sure that it never, ever happens again. Preparation for Qatar 2022 (which is also still very shocking to say) begins now with a friendly against Portugal. Two days after the US failure to qualify for Russia 2018, Bruce Arena resigned as US coach. ... Read more

Why Tata Martino should be hired as Bruce Arena’s replacement for USMNT

With Bruce Arena announcing that he has stepped down as US Men’s National Team coach, now is the time for the US to start looking for a permanent new manager. They need someone who can get them back on track and start winning games again and get the US to the World Cup in 2022 and quite honestly they need someone who can do it with some sizzle and panache. US Soccer needs to fill a Brinks truck with cash and go after one man: Tata Martino. It should be noted here that yes Bruce Arena needs to go but ... Read more

After US World Cup disaster, the USMNT players that should stay or leave player pool

The US isn’t going to the World Cup. As shocking as that is, it’s the reality of the situation. The US were quite frankly terrible throughout the entirety of qualification (even going back to the semi-final round where they needed a 4-0 win against Guatemala to avoid being dumped out) and honestly deserved this fate. You will never sell me that that group of 11 players that took the field against Trinidad & Tobago cared at all about making it to Russia. The complete lack of effort, the walking around, the end result is an absolute disgrace. Everybody not named ... Read more