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Victor Obina celebrates a goal against Japan/Foto.net The United States enters the third and final group match of the Olympic Football Tournament needing a draw to guarantee advancement to the knock out stages of the competition. Sunday’s heartbreaking turn of events against a totally outclassed Holland team means that the […]

US 2 Holland 2

Jozy’s goal appeared to win the game for US/foto.net PRE GAME (4-4-1-1) Guzan Wynne – Edu – Parkhurst – Orozco Rogers – Bradley – Kljestan – Holden Adu McBride Rogers and Holden swap flanks to play on owing itself to the bad linkup play between Orozco and Rogers. Otherwise Nowak […]

Holland Preview

Ryan Babel has World Cup and Champions League experience/photo from the BBC The Netherlands entered the Olympic Men’s Football Tournament as the favorite in Group B. However, following a scoreless draw against Nigeria, the other highly touted side in this draw, Holland needs at worst a draw and ideally a […]

A New Day for American Coaches?

Bradley and Nowak before last year’s Gold Cup Peter Nowak’s decision to adjust his tactics (ironically enough in line with what most American Soccer Spot readers suggested the other day) shows a tactical savvy and willingness to take chances that many American coaches have quite frankly lacked in big competitions. […]

USA 1 : Japan 0

Adu showed some immaturity and selfishness today/from FIFA.com Well the US gets three valuable points today. A few observations: For the third major tournament in a row (2006 World Cup, 2007 U-20 World Cup, 2008 Olympics) the US has come out in a 4-5-1. The fact that this has been […]

Japan’s Olympic Team

The first opponent for the United States in group play will be the Japanese. The US defeated Japan in the 2000 Quarterfinals of this same event, a match which the Japanese still feel hard done by. Peter Vagenas converted a spot kick in stoppage time to send the match to […]

Thoughts About the Olympic Selection

Peter Nowak’s selections for the 2008 US Men’s Olympic Team where fairly straight forward. However I was somewhat surprised by a few decisions. However none of these decisions can be filed away as shockers. With only 15 available U-23 spots from the legitimate pool of 40 plus possible players I […]

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Mad About Futbol “Shorty”

Ladies and gents.. Mad About Futbol is on the air… just not yet on LLT! As soon as we get some glitches fixed, we will be on.  But we will offer you some of what we call “Shortys”.  These will be five-minute discussions on a topic that is relevant in […]

Players’ association chief advises Berahino against West Brom strike

Players’ union chief Gordon Taylor has advised Saido Berahino against his strike threat at West Brom. The Professional Footballers’ Association has offered its help to the Baggies and Berahino following the striker’s suggestion on Twitter he was prepared to stop playing after Albion blocked a move to Tottenham on Tuesday. Chairman Jeremy […]

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Virgil van Dijk has given Southampton one of the best center back pairings in England

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