Category: US National Team

TV ratings for US Men’s National Team down 15% in 2017

In addition to sponsorships and attendance, one of the major ways to gauge the popularity of any sporting event or league in this country is the TV ratings. Soccer is no different. For the US Men’s National Team, TV ratings have been good for the most part for the last several years. However, the trend this year is pointing downward. And with the US failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia next summer, that trend looks set to continue until at least the summer of 2019. In 2017, the average viewership for the men’s national team on English ... Read more

HBO special on Tom Byer’s plan to rescue American men’s soccer is a must-watch

HBO’s special begins with footage of the United States Men’s National Team being defeated by Trinidad and Tobago in the final World Cup qualifier from the CONCACAF Hex. Seconds later, USSF presidential candidate Kyle Martino utters the words, “US Soccer thinks they have all the answers. And they’re not, in its current iteration, willing to ask the experts for help. On the men’s side, that’s been catastrophic.” From the beginning of this 13-minute special that will air on HBO tonight on the show Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, the broadcast is spellbinding. But instead of rehashing the reasons why the ... Read more

Home attendances for US Women’s National Team games up 13% compared to 2016

Photo credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports The US Women’s National Team have completed their final game of the 2017 calendar year. The performances leave plenty for fans to be worried about (the women’s national team finished last at the She Believes Cup and only managed second at the Tournament of Nations). However, after the worrying trend last year of declining attendance, the news that that decline appears to have temporarily stopped is good news. Indeed, the women saw their average attendance rise a good amount. For the USWNT it was nothing but good news on the attendance front. The average ... Read more

US suffers back-to-back average annual attendance under 30k for first time in decade

Photo credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports For the average US Men’s National Team home attendance during 2017, it was a case of good news and bad news. The good news is that it only fell 1% when compared to the average attendance in 2016. The bad news is that it’s the first time in more than 10 years that the national men’s team suffered average attendances of less than 30,000 in back-to-back years. The last time the United States Men’s National Team had average attendances of less than 30,000 in consecutive years, it was 2005 and 2006. From 2016 to ... Read more

Portugal vs. US Men’s National Team preview: US aims to restore faith after World Cup disaster

The US is not going to the 2018 World Cup. It’s been over a month since that dismal night in Trinidad but it’s still a sore spot and it’s still shocking to hear and say. It’s also quite depressing. But it’s time to turn the page on that dark chapter in US Soccer history and to make sure that it never, ever happens again. Preparation for Qatar 2022 (which is also still very shocking to say) begins now with a friendly against Portugal. Two days after the US failure to qualify for Russia 2018, Bruce Arena resigned as US coach. ... Read more

Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast

On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live. The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk. Additionally, for those who may miss the live broadcast, it’ll be available on demand. The advantage of watching the broadcast live is you’ll be able to ask questions directly to Kartik as he interacts with soccer fans from across the United States. Krishnaiyer will be discussing a multitude of important topics including the ... Read more

Where to find USA vs. England U17 World Cup quarterfinal on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. England in the U17 World Cup quarterfinal, you’ve come to the right place. The US men’s u17 team faces England in the World Cup on Saturday in a match that will be televised live across the United States. The U-17 MNT reached the Quarterfinal with a memorable 5-0 victory against Paraguay on Monday, Oct. 16 in New Delhi. Against England, the USA will look to advance to the U-17 World Cup Semifinals for the second time and first instance since 1999. The Three Lions advanced to the Quarterfinals ... Read more

Alexi Lalas defends US Soccer status quo on FOX Sports broadcast [VIDEO]

On Sunday’s MLS broadcast that was televised live on FS1, leading US Men’s National Team analyst Alexi Lalas gave a stirring two-minute speech that championed the status quo in US Soccer. Lalas defended Sunil Gulati and the US Soccer Federation. “No one person has the answers,” said Lalas. “Sunil Gulati doesn’t.” He continued, “[The system we built] is better than anything we’ve ever had before. “We don’t need to tear it down and start it over. The system did not lose the game against Trinidad.” Regarding change, Lalas concluded, “I hope that it’s change that builds on the past while ... Read more