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.

USA vs. Peru preview: USMNT in need of a major confidence and morale boost

The much-dreaded return of Michael Bradley to the USMNT fold went about as well as everybody expected it to as the US lost 4-2 against Colombia on Thursday. There were some bright spots from some of the younger players but overall a 4-2 loss is not a good look for a team trying to win back a fan base that is quite obviously checked out on the team (most of the fans at the last three US games have been there supporting the opposing team and the only 280,000 people tuned into the game on FS1). But the Colombia game ... Read more

USA vs. Colombia preview: Exciting US players to offset Michael Bradley’s return

It’s been almost exactly one year since the US lost to Trinidad & Tobago and failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. In that time many questions have been asked but change has been slow to happen. A much needed overhaul of the player pool has begun in earnest and US Soccer has a new president and a new GM. They still don’t have a manager and for this set of games a number of the veterans responsible for the failure during the last cycle have returned. 2018 has been a year of quiet, nervous hope for ... Read more

Nashville makes strong case for World Cup 2026 host city

I’ve been writing for World Soccer Talk since May, 2014. As you may know, I mainly handle match previews of US Men’s National Team games, but I also write stories about attendances and TV ratings. This past Tuesday, I was afforded the opportunity of being able to go to Nashville to cover the USA-Mexico game in person for World Soccer Talk. It was a fantastic experience and I certainly hope to be able to do it again in the future. Here’s a not so brief rundown of the sights and sounds of being on the ground to cover the match. ... Read more

USA vs. Mexico preview: USMNT youth faces archrival Mexico in Nashville

Well the series of post-World Cup friendlies (ludicrously called the Kickoff Series) has gotten off to the start that just about everybody expected it to: with a loss to Brazil. For most of the game, the US youngsters were outclassed, outmatched and outgunned. Not that it was unexpected. Brazil is one of the top teams in the world and had a roster that was chock full of world class players. And while the US has young talent coming through the pipeline, it’s obvious that they still have a long way to go. The focus now shifts away from Brazil and ... Read more

USA vs. Brazil preview: Young USMNT squad faces tough test against Seleção

The World Cup is over and it’s now time for the USMNT to being a new World Cup cycle. It’s been almost a year since they failed to qualify for the 2018 edition in Russia but many of the players and fans are attempting to put all of that in the rearview mirror and focus on the exciting young talent working its way up to the senior team. However, the US is still without a full-time coach (and recent reports have suggested that new GM Earnie Stewart has failed to even begin to contact possible candidates for the job.) So ... Read more

Top 30 most-attended soccer friendlies in USA during summer 2018

Another round of the annual summer friendlies has come and gone. These are usually a smashing success, both in terms of attendance at the games and the TV viewing audience. However, 2018 was down slightly for these types of friendlies (International Champions Cup attendances were down approximately 10%) while TV ratings dipped somewhat too. There are several possible explanations why this happened. First, it’s possible that there is something of a soccer burnout at the moment with the World Cup just finishing. Second, a number of clubs were stateside without their biggest stars who are on a much needed vacation ... Read more

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