Category: US National Team

6 players the US Men’s National Team missed out on

The United States Men’s National Team has a long-standing tradition of being a team comprised of multinational players. From the inaugural World Cup, the USMNT has called on multinational players to don the red, white, and blue kit. Here’s a list of notable players the USMNT missed out on. Giuseppe Rossi – Italy Rossi’s career can largely be defined by ‘what if.’ Had Rossi not suffered a series of major knee surgeries (five in total) he could’ve been one of Europe’s elite strikers. The New Jersey native moved to Parma, Italy when he was 12 before entering Manchester United’s academy ... Read more

France vs. USA match preview: Young squad faces huge test against World Cup favorites

The series of friendlies that the USMNT is playing before the start of the World Cup got off to a flying start with a resounding 3-0 win over Bolivia on Memorial Day. The opposition then got more difficult against Ireland and the US fell 2-1 on a last minute winner. Now comes the toughest of the three games against a team that many experts are picking to have a very deep run during this World Cup. That team is France. While the US did not look great against Ireland (they lost obviously) they didn’t look completely overmatched, despite interim manager ... Read more

USA vs. Ireland match preview: Young squad faces tougher challenge

So far, so good USMNT coach Dave Sarachan ran out a very youthful lineup and they impressed with a resounding 3-0 over an overmatched Bolivia side. But now the test gets more difficult. A home game against an understrength side that didn’t qualify for the World Cup is one thing. A road game against a team that made it to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016 is quite another. The opponent: Ireland. The display that the young players put on against Bolivia was quite impressive. Three players scored their first international goal: Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah. ... Read more

Sarachan makes changes to US squad for Ireland, France friendlies

Los Angeles (AFP) – United States caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has added 10 players to his squad for upcoming friendlies against Ireland and France as he looks to build on his team’s victory against Bolivia, a statement said Tuesday. Sarachan, who is taking charge of the US national team until a permanent coach is appointed after the World Cup, will take a youthful 25-man squad to Europe for the games against Ireland in Dublin on June 2 and France in Lyon on June 9. The US, who defeated Bolivia 3-0 in a friendly in Philadelphia on Monday, have added goalkeepers ... Read more

USA vs Bolivia preview: Several USMNT rookies set to win first caps

In the three games since failing to qualify for the World Cup, the theme has focused on calling up young players. That has held true with the roster for this camp. The average age is less than 23 years old. While some fans have made the argument that since missing the World Cup, the US needs to just build for the future and not worry about results until the 2019 Gold Cup, the argument should be made that the situation calls for the exact opposite. Looking at this roster, it features seven players who have never been capped before: Alex ... Read more

‘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