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

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 even non-soccer fans are admitting to watching every match in […]

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

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 in the World Cup and, because Germany can also finish […]

Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany
Why USA Midfielder Michael Bradley Must Step Up Against Germany

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 chance of advancing from the group, I would have had […]

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

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 the next round of the tournament.  Instead, both teams went […]

Predicted Lineups for USA vs Portugal, World Cup Group Stage
Predicted Lineups for USA vs Portugal, World Cup Group Stage

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 ones they ran out last week. For the United States, […]

Italian Tactics Put to the Test by Costa Rica
Italian Tactics Put to the Test by 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 looked better than recent Three Lions teams and showed few […]

Why The World Cup Will Make Soccer Mainstream
Why The World Cup Will Make Soccer Mainstream

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 to changing demographics and growing global presence of the game.  […]

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

[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 interview in the wake of the end of another interesting […]

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

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 FIFA World Cup has seen MLS double-down on this strategy […]

5 Reasons Italy Should Worry About Costa Rica
5 Reasons Italy Should Worry About Costa Rica

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 to the next round looks clear.  Their fate is in […]

Arsenal Interested In Signing Italy Striker Mario Balotelli, Says Report
Arsenal Interested In Signing Italy Striker Mario Balotelli, Says Report

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 you read, Arsenal new kit sponsors Puma may be willing […]

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

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 to Klinsmann’s ideal formation, the German-American coach has always stood […]

What Should England Fans Expect Tactically from Italy?
What Should England Fans Expect Tactically from 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 used to seeing.  In fact, understanding how Cesare Prandelli has […]

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

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 could be further reaching. As anyone who has spent any […]

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

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 to quickly learn, or are in a profession where you […]