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Author Archives: Robert Hay

AS Roma Could Be New Favorites To Win Serie A Title

Posted on by Robert Hay
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What a turn of events in a week.  Last Thursday, Juventus looked to be stable heading into the preseason as it fought back against clubs trying to poach its young stars while dipping into the transfer market to strengthen a … Continue reading

How Brazil’s Failure Could Help MLS

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There are myriad reasons for Brazil’s abrupt departure from the World Cup and honestly there is a sliver of truth in every theory or reason given for their poor play.  One reason, however, for the change in the Brazilian soccer … Continue reading

Young USA Players Looking to Move Beyond MLS

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Going into the World Cup, a major storyline around the U.S. national team was the number of key players who had left overseas clubs to return to MLS.  Facing a logjam in the AS Roma midfield, Michael Bradley accepted a … Continue reading

USA Lightning Rod Landon Donovan Faces Uncertain Future

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From the moment he was excluded from the U.S. World Cup roster, Landon Donovan faced a critical choice.  He could accept, map out the rest of his playing career, and begin to work on his post-playing options.  Or he could … Continue reading

Eight Reasons for U.S. Soccer Fans to Continue Watching the World Cup

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As the streets that once held thousands for watch parties are swept clean, and the inevitable myriad articles blaming everyone and anyone for the U.S.’s loss are Tweeted, this is a sad day for U.S. soccer fans.  Those of us … Continue reading

Mistakes of Past USA Games Haunt Team in World Cup Loss to Belgium

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In the end, the United States can only blame themselves for their elimination from the World Cup.  Although Belgium on paper were a more talented team, this game showed the United States was actually presented with a good match-up that … Continue reading

US Hero Tim Howard Breaks World Cup Record For Most Saves In a Game; Watch Post-Match Interview [VIDEO]

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US goalkeeper Tim Howard made an incredible 16 saves during the USA-Belgium Round of 16 World Cup game, which broke the record for the most number of saves in one World Cup match. Despite the USA’s eventual 2-1 loss to … Continue reading

Why Jurgen Klinsmann Should Keep Jozy Altidore on the Bench Against Belgium

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Despite escaping from the Group of Death, the United States may be facing its toughest test yet in a win-or-go-home match against Belgium. No longer can the Yanks hope to be good enough, but with Belgium and probably Argentina standing … Continue reading

How Soccer Fans Should Deal With Non-Fans During the World Cup

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Now is the high-water mark for being a soccer fan in the United States. The US national team escaped the Group of Death, the ratings for the World Cup are breaking records, bars are overflowing during national team games, and … Continue reading

Five Reasons Why The USA Cannot “Play for a Tie” Against Germany

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This week I have been receiving a lot of, to use a polite word, “guff” about the United States National Team from militant anti-soccer people. They constantly bring up the idea that the U.S. simply needs a draw to advance … Continue reading

Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany

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Last month, if you would have come to me and said that during the World Cup Jermaine Jones was the US MVP after two matches while Michael Bradley was the goat of both games, AND the U.S. stood a good … Continue reading

Cesare Prandelli’s Tactics, Not Luis Suarez Or The Referee, Hurt Italy

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Cesare Prandelli’s decision to resign in the wake of the Azzurri’s 1-0 defeat to Uruguay was a noble one, premised on the idea that he was responsible for Italy’s poor showing in the World Cup. Setting aside his tenure as … Continue reading

Mexico Rewarded for Aggressive Tactics in 3-1 Victory Over Croatia

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Going into the final Group A match of this World Cup, you could forgive Mexico for playing conservatively.  While they could finish atop the group by “outscoring” Brazil, simply getting a draw would see Mexico extend their improbably run into … Continue reading

Predicted Lineups for USA vs Portugal, World Cup Group Stage

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With Germany and Ghana’s 2-2 draw yesterday, today’s game between USA and Portugal gives both teams a great chance to position themselves to advance out of Group G.  However, injuries and suspensions mean both will see different line-ups than the … Continue reading

Italian Tactics Put to the Test by Costa Rica

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As I wrote my recent article on five reasons Italy should be afraid of Costa Rica, even I had a hard time not considering the Azzurri the heavy favorites in the match.  They had turned back an England side that … Continue reading

Why The World Cup Will Make Soccer Mainstream

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For years, decades even, American soccer fans have been promising that a moment or a tournament would be the year that soccer finally becomes a mainstream American sport just like football, baseball, or basketball.  These American soccer fans have pointed … Continue reading

Eddie Johnson, Not Landon Donovan, Is Who Klinsmann Misses Most Right Now

Posted on by Robert Hay
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[Scene: September 2018. Living room of Jurgen Klinsman, with the coach and a New York Times reporter present] The United States men’s national team coach sits back in his chair and looks longingly out the window. The reporter begins this … Continue reading

Can The USMNT And World Cup Boost MLS’s Popularity In The USA?

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Every four years, MLS ties itself as close as possible to the U.S. Men’s National Team in the hopes that the warm glow and newfound soccer fans turn to the domestic league to watch more of the sport. The 2014 … Continue reading