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Author Archives: Matt Lichtenstadter

Under fire Jurgen Klinsmann can breathe easier after World Cup qualification draw

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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How could some of the mounting pressure on Jurgen Klinsmann be relieved without even playing a match? He could have turned a wandering eye to the World Cup qualification draw this morning. In a time when CONCACAF despite all the … Continue reading

Investing in youth and the long-term is a gamble for the USMNT

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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After one day of letting the US’ loss to Jamaica marinate, very little about it has changed in the grand perspective. But one question has arisen based on what the entirety of Jurgen Klinsmann’s tenure has entailed thus far – … Continue reading

Legitimate questions need to be asked about Jurgen Klinsmann’s decisionmaking

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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The US Men’s National Team loss to Jamaica in the CONCACAF Gold Cup semi-final Wednesday night is a shock to the US Soccer system, and it’s indicative of many tournament specific failures. However the big picture is still a different matter. … Continue reading

Despite Gold Cup exit, there is light at the end of the tunnel for Canadian soccer

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Watching Canada’s men’s program struggle through another Gold Cup group stage, without scoring a goal, makes me wonder whether the program will ever get it right. Canada once made a World Cup in 1986, won the Gold Cup in 2000, and … Continue reading

Recap of the USA’s shock 2-1 win against Germany

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Five days after the US stunned the Dutch in Amsterdam, surely they couldn’t pull off the same trick again in Germany against the World Champions? Once again, some doubts have been quelled by the US in these tough European environments. … Continue reading

Recap of USA’s stunning 4-3 comeback win over Holland

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Trips to Amsterdam often end with things that can barely be believed, or when looked back upon with reflection someone saying, “what in the hell just happened?” That was the USMNT’s match against Holland at the Amsterdam Arena. Whatever symbolic … Continue reading

What we know so far about Russia’s alleged corruption to win 2018 World Cup bid

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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When people around soccer speak about vote bribing surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids, many will immediately jump to Qatar. The stories about bribery coming from the Qatar committee are numerous, public and accepted by many as the truth. … Continue reading

What did US Soccer know about Chuck Blazer’s bribes?

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After court documents were released today revealing that former CONCACAF General Secretary and US Soccer Executive Vice President Chuck Blazer admitted accepting bribes in the voting for host nations for World Cups 1998 and 2010, as well as bribes involving broadcast rights for five … Continue reading

FIFA corruption charges are only the tip of the iceberg

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The FIFA corruption charges from the US Department of Justice today come not as a major surprise, but the first truly public salvo in the attempt to wash out the clearly rampant corruption inside soccer’s governing body. But for the … Continue reading

English teams must lift their game to ensure fourth place remains a Champions League spot

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For so many years, the narrative in English soccer has been “finish fourth, finish fourth”. The Premier League’s fourth and final Champions League spot is awarded to the team that finished in fourth, and has been for years. It always seemed … Continue reading

Study finds that Premier League TV viewers are only interested in the big teams

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Often we’re told as football fans that the Premier League is the best league in the world. Based on the performances of English teams in Europe, that’s not true. What is true is that the Premier League is the most … Continue reading

La Liga season suspended from May 16 due to TV rights dispute

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The Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) has decided to suspend all competitions from May 16 onwards in a dispute with the government over the new TV rights deal signed into law at the end of April. The RFEF says it wasn’t … Continue reading

Jose Mourinho must now set his sights on Champions League success with Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho’s aim is never to play the prettiest football, it’s about getting results. Even with the roster of players he has to work with, he’s never fully utilized all of their talents together consistently. On occasion Chelsea play absolutely … Continue reading

Montreal Impact will rue missed opportunity after CONCACAF final defeat [VIDEO]

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It all looked so promising for the Montreal Impact. The Big O was as alive as it’s ever been, especially when Andres Romero scored in the eighth minute. And after Club America hit the underside of the bar from point-blank range, … Continue reading

Oscar’s concussion highlights Premier League’s incompetence at dealing with head injuries

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Concussions are a major problem across all sports, not just American football. If it wasn’t a hot button topic of discussion before today’s Arsenal and Chelsea 0-0 draw, it needs to be now. What happened (or what didn’t happen to … Continue reading

Club America vs Montreal Impact preview; CONCACAF Champions League Final, 1st leg

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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When the Montreal Impact step into the “bee’s nest” that will be the sold out Estadio Azteca tonight, they’ll not only have to fight an angry Club America team coming off a 4-0 home loss on the weekend, but a … Continue reading

Tim Sherwood appears to be the perfect fit for Aston Villa

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I will forever be biased against Tim Sherwood. It’s understandable considering the circus Tottenham Hotspur became last season under his watch. His claims of greatness despite his winning percentage were unfounded, and Spurs felt like they were at their lowest … Continue reading

USMNT can finally look at positives after 2-0 victory against Mexico

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The best news for a US Men’s National Team desperate for good news is that the biggest story emerging from their friendly encounter with Mexico was not the disaster that was the Alamodome turf. Instead, the story can be how … Continue reading