Category: US National Team

How US Soccer can keep its fans and gain some new ones

With the US missing out on the World Cup, discontent with US Soccer among the fans has reached an all-time high. The recent US Soccer presidential election did little to change that. In fact, it really only served to fan the flames of the legions of angry fans. With the MNT not having another competitive game until June or July of 2019 at the Gold Cup, the immediate future looks very bleak. US Soccer need to take some steps to prevent this from happening. They are varied and some are vast and some are minor. Here are some things US ... Read more

For the US Men’s National Team, the path to success starts in Europe

For those who watched the World Cup qualifiers, the American players often looked tentative, with long stretches of idleness and indecision. Maybe the idea of pulling on the USMNT jersey was too much for some. That the USMNT lost a critical game to Trinidad & Tobago, a country the size of Dallas, exposed the enormous cracks in the United States soccer foundation. The USMNT’s feeble second-to-last finish in the final round of WCQ points to systemic problems throughout the entire U.S. soccer system. It’s not an issue of money or poor training facilities or a lack of technology. It’s about ... Read more

USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina preview: USMNT kicks off 2018 with first game

Well it’s now 2018 and unfortunately the USMNT does not have the World Cup to look forward to. That has been covered at length over the last two months. Now it’s time to start looking to the future. It’s time to bring in younger and untested players and see what they’re made of. That certainly seems to be the case with this particular January Camp roster. And at the end of every January Camp is a game to see how well players picked things up in the camp. The opponent for this January Camp: Bosnia & Herzegovina. The roster for ... Read more

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