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Archives: FIFA Confederations Cup

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-4 Cruzeiro: Friendly Overshadowed by Brazilian Protesters and Anti-FIFA Message

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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A nice crowd at Lockhart Stadium in addition to a national television audience on Univision Deportes witnessed Cruzeiro’s 4-0 friendly win over NASL outfit Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But the real story wasn’t the match but the continued growth of the … Continue reading

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National … Continue reading

Reliving the 2003 Gold Cup Semifinal

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal in Miami featured a rematch of a Confederations Cup group game from a month earlier. Brazil and the United States had varying approaches to this tournament: The USA wanted to win the event and … Continue reading

FIFA Confederations Cup: Full Coverage

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

At Major League Soccer Talk we pride ourselves on the having the most comprehensive coverage of the US Men’s National Teams. For over two years we’ve covered the National Team more closely than just about any other website around. Below … Continue reading

USA Vs Brazil: Second Half Was A Tough Pill To Swallow

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

I am gutted, exhausted, disappointed and further more my pride has been bruised and battered. I honestly thought after the first half ended that there was a slight chance of the boys to put on another solid performence against another … Continue reading

US 2-3 Brazil: Heartbreak

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Dunga got his tactical changes right in the second half and Bob Bradley didn’t adequately make tactical changes to counter the Brazilians. Bradley’s tactics and subs resembled the scared, conservative changes of the last two qualifiers and the first two … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Final: Not Simply a Game

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The US National Team often times has to fight a two front war for recognition: the first is against an indifferent domestic sporting press and the second is against a downright hostile foreign football press. As the US fights for … Continue reading

A Toast to the US Soccer Fan as We Await the Confederations Cup Final

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As both a fan and observer of American Soccer in general and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in particular, Confederations Cup 2009 has been a rollercoaster with amazing emotional highs and lows. As we all know, the US started … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Final: Three Keys for the US vs Brazil

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ATTACK THE LEFT SIDE The left side is where you attack Brazil. Under Dunga, Brazil essentially plays without a left sided midfielder.  The left back position for the Brazilians has been a similarly problematic as it has been for the … Continue reading

Confederations Cup: The Role of Bloggers in the USMNT Run

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Michael Bradley showed his passion at the end of the Egypt game when he told us all off. That for me wasn’t a rebuke but a proud moment. The United States National Team which for years lived in a bubble … Continue reading

Jay DeMerit and Charlie Davies: Profiles in Player Development

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Two of the biggest stars in the Confederations Cup for the United States have been Jay DeMerit and Charlie Davies. Both are players that did not come up through the traditional development system for US Soccer (including the National Academy … Continue reading

Spain 0: USA 2- ONE FOR THE AGES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Periodic updates here during the game and remember our post game show available at about 8pm ET via ITunes and this website: Final Player Ratings Howard   8 Spect0r  7 DeMerit 9 Onyewu 10 Bocanegra 7 Clark  8 Bradley 6 Donovan … Continue reading

Confederations Cup: Why the US Has A Chance

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Spain is on a record tying unbeaten run and faces a US team that suffered their worst ever defeat to Brazil last week. But this match isn’t as easy a call as many pundits would make it out to be. … Continue reading

Jay DeMerit: Difference Maker

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Jay DeMerit’s story is well know to most US Soccer supporters. From the Chicago and the PDL to a pub league in England to the Premier League, DeMerit’s grit and determination have transformed a player nobody wanted in MLS or … Continue reading

USA 0-3 Brazil: Bradley Makes (Negative) History

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Bora Milutinovic couldn’t do it. Steve Sampson couldn’t do it. Bruce Arena couldn’t do it. But Bob Bradley has accomplished it: consecutive games against Brazil where the US allowed three or more goals. Prior to the September 2007 friendly in … Continue reading

Let’s Pretend : How the USMNT Could Look

Posted on by Chris Riordan

Dual citizenship, discussions about players being raised in one country, then playing for another have been running rampant the last several days. Some like the new FIFA rule change, some don’t. For some the thought of Guiseppe Rossi playing for … Continue reading

Defending Guiseppe Rossi and His Decision to Play for Italy Instead of the United States

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the eyes and opinions of many of you, I am about to defend the indefensible: the decision of Guiseppe Rossi to play for the Italian National Team instead of the United States National Team. This issue came to head … Continue reading