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Author Archives: Robert Hay

Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany

Posted on by Robert Hay
Bradley

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

Posted on by Robert Hay
cesare-prandelli

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

Posted on by Robert Hay
conferencia miguel herrera

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

Posted on by Robert Hay
usa-portugal

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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italy-costa-rica

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

Posted on by Robert Hay
Nigeria at United States, friendly

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
Eddie_Johnson_vs_Belgium

[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
usmnt

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

Thirty One Nil: A Book About The Ones We Won’t See in Brazil: Book Review

Posted on by Robert Hay
thirty-one-nil

“This has been a life-changing experience for me. But I don’t know if soccer has a place within me after this tournament. I just want to focus on dance school.” That quote came from Jaiyah Saelua, a defender from American … Continue reading

5 Reasons Italy Should Worry About Costa Rica

Posted on by Robert Hay
Costa_Rica_vs._España_(amistoso)_-1

You can forgive Azzurri fans for being a little overconfident going into Friday’s match with Costa Rica.  With Italy vanquishing England in the first match and Uruguay getting thumped by the universally agreed worst team in the group, the road … Continue reading

Arsenal Interested In Signing Italy Striker Mario Balotelli, Says Report

Posted on by Robert Hay
MARIO BALOTELLI

Even though the eyes of the soccer world are focused on Brazil, the transfer market is heating up back in Europe. One of the hottest rumors floating around England is that Arsenal are interested in signing Mario Balotelli. Depending on what … Continue reading

Much-Maligned Jermaine Jones Was Key Man in US Win Against Ghana

Posted on by Robert Hay
jermaine-jones

Jurgen Klinsmann has always had a close attachment to Jermaine Jones. Whether it was because he was one of the first high-profile German dual nationals to come play for the United States in this squad or he positionally was key … Continue reading

What Should England Fans Expect Tactically from Italy?

Posted on by Robert Hay
Italy

England and Italy is a match-up with a lot of history, and as the two soccer powers prepare to face each other Saturday, England fans need to know an important fact – this is not the Italy team you are … Continue reading

Stop The Griping: It Was Croatia, Not the Referee That Lost the Match to Brazil

Posted on by Robert Hay
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In the modern game, we have lost out on the candid and honest interview in the media.  That’s why the sound bites after Brazil’s 3-1 victory over Croatia were so good.  Croatian coach Niko Kovac was right to say after … Continue reading

The Other World Cup Story – The Brazil Protests and FIFA’s Future

Posted on by Robert Hay
Brazil protests

When Brazil and Croatia kickoff on Thursday, the eyes of the world will be on the host nation for the world’s most watched sporting event.  The events outside the stadium, however, could be just as closely watched and the implications … Continue reading

Top 10 Lines to Use if You Want to Sound Smart About the World Cup

Posted on by Robert Hay
World Cup Bracket

Chances are that if you are visiting World Soccer Talk, you know enough about the World Cup to hold down a semi-intelligent conversation about the tournament at a cocktail party.  However, if you are new to the sport and trying … Continue reading

The Best of the Non-World Cup Qualifying Players: Would This Team Win the World Cup?

Posted on by Robert Hay
Zlatan Leverkusen

Every four years, 32 nations come together to determine which country has the best soccer talent in the world.  The limitation to 32 nations, however, leads to a simple problem – sometimes the world’s greatest talent is on a national … Continue reading

USMNT Fans Must Be Realistic About United States’ World Cup Chances

Posted on by Robert Hay
usmnt

We are less than one week away from the kickoff of the 2014 World Cup but the hype machine has been churning for the U.S. national team: “We are due for a win over Ghana, we should have won the … Continue reading