Category: US National Team

‘What’s Wrong with US?’ book should be retitled ‘What’s Wrong with Bruce Arena’

As we know, the United States men’s soccer team failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup. This simple fact sent shockwaves throughout US soccer. Everyone, it seemed, has an opinion on what went wrong and what the nation has to do to improve. Few, however, are actually in any sort of position to affect change. In fact, many and most not only lack the necessary acumen to offer up meaningful critique but also only possess a range of influence extending over their like-minded social media bubble. Thus, when a major presence in US soccer speaks up, we need to ... Read more

The case for the USMNT to play in 2019 Copa America

Recent reports state the US Men’s National Team has been invited to participate in the 2019 Copa America. The tournament is set to be hosted by Brazil. The 2019 competition will feature all ten CONMEBOL teams, three teams from CONCACAF and three teams from Asia. The US Soccer Federation has yet to make a decision on whether to participate. Here’s why the US should accept the invite The biggest reason why playing in the Copa America should be a no-brainer is that it would offer a huge opportunity. US players can test themselves against high quality opposition in games that ... Read more

USA vs. Paraguay preview, TV/streaming info and kickoff time

Since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the US Soccer Federation has actually done a decent job of scheduling the types of opponents the men’s national team (MNT) needs to play more of to get better game experience. Since missing the World Cup, MNT has played two games (both against European teams) and has four more on the docket: two against South American teams and two against European teams. There has also finally been something of an infusion of youth into the squad, with many fresh faces and few old ones. The young guns will get ... Read more

USA 2018 home shirt features unique design for men and women teams

Nike and US Soccer have unveiled their new home jersey for 2018 featuring what they’re identifying as a “light kit.” The US will wear the white kit for the first time on April 5 when the US Women’s National Team played Mexico in a friendly. While the white shirt is traditionally the USA’s home shirt, neither Nike nor US Soccer has called the white shirt its home jersey. The US has an away kit, which they’re identifying as their “dark kit.” That one will debut on March 27 when the US plays Paraguay in a friendly. For the home/light shirt, ... Read more

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