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Archives: US National Team

Jay DeMerit: Difference Maker

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Jay DeMerit’s story is well know to most US Soccer supporters. From the Chicago and the PDL to a pub league in England to the Premier League, DeMerit’s grit and determination have transformed a player nobody wanted in MLS or … Continue reading

Where Does the Egypt Game Rank?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

In terms of US National Team history very few days have matched yesterday in terms of pure drama. Just three days after Team USA equaled its worst ever loss to Brazil and six days after the national teams worst loss … Continue reading

Egypt 0:3 USA: Bradley’s Changes Pay Off

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

<!–[if !mso]> <! st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } –> FIFA.com Photo We’ve complained about the lack of character and urgency from the US team when compared to their predecessors. Previous US teams rose to the occasion against perceived world powers Italy and Brazil. … Continue reading

Thoughts on the US Gold Cup Squad

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

PER CONCACAF here is the preliminary squad the US submitted, I believe yesterday to the Confederation. This squad will be trimmed to 23 players next week. Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Troy Perkins, Luis Robles Defense: Jonathan Bornstein, Danny Califf, … Continue reading

US National Team: Chronicling the downfall

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

In 1998 the United States finished dead last in the World Cup. But truthfully that World Cup showed itself better in France than the current US team has performed of late. Despite an inability to finish chances in Steve Sampson’s … Continue reading

USA 0-3 Brazil: Bradley Makes (Negative) History

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Bora Milutinovic couldn’t do it. Steve Sampson couldn’t do it. Bruce Arena couldn’t do it. But Bob Bradley has accomplished it: consecutive games against Brazil where the US allowed three or more goals. Prior to the September 2007 friendly in … Continue reading

Let’s Pretend : How the USMNT Could Look

Posted on by Chris Riordan

Dual citizenship, discussions about players being raised in one country, then playing for another have been running rampant the last several days. Some like the new FIFA rule change, some don’t. For some the thought of Guiseppe Rossi playing for … Continue reading

Bob Bradley’s Tactics: Inconsistent and Inexplicable (UPDATED WITH NEW CONTENT)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Two week ago I authored an article about the evolution of US tactics since Steve Sampson’s days. Since that article, Bob Bradley has switched his tactical setup for two consecutive matches while continuing his incredibly consistent and predictable squad selection. … Continue reading

Defending Guiseppe Rossi and His Decision to Play for Italy Instead of the United States

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the eyes and opinions of many of you, I am about to defend the indefensible: the decision of Guiseppe Rossi to play for the Italian National Team instead of the United States National Team. This issue came to head … Continue reading

USA 1-3 Italy: Some Positives but Same Old Story

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Photo from Getty Images/FIFA.com Some quick points: I believe Rico Clark’s sending off was justified. I’ve heard and seen since the red card arguments against it, but if you tackle from  the side with your cleats out and get no … Continue reading

US vs Italy: Last Call for the Lost Generation?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

They were supposed to be the group that brought the US to unforeseen heights in world football. The first group of players to graduate the Bradenton Academy joined with the young players who had done so impressively for the US … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Overview

Posted on by Randy Capps

The official dry run for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa is upon us, as the 2009 Confederations Cup is under way. ESPN and its family of networks will be showing every game of this competition of champions from … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Post Match Podcasts

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Approximately three hours after the conclusion of every US game at the FIFA Confedrations Cup, Major League Soccer Talk will release a postmatch podcast breaking down tactics, player selection and the result of the match. We will feature the analysis … Continue reading

Confederations Cup 2009: Why The US has a Realistic Shot versus Italy

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

As discussed yesterday on this site with our retrospective of the 1999 Confederations Cup run by the United States it’s possible even realistic for a properly motivated American team to beat European sides outside of Europe. Keep in mind a … Continue reading

American Soccer Fans: United Like Never Before

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

It is a common perception that America’s football loving populace is divided three ways- European football lovers, fans of the American game and Latin futbol fans. But the truth is the subdivisions within these groups are enormous. Let’s take the … Continue reading

MLS/Internationals: Congestion and Conflict

Posted on by Peter C

Gulati-Garber photo by Kevin Joseph So we’ve passed the first day of what will be a long summer of MLS/MNT/FIFA fixture congestion. We’ve all heard the discussion before about the MLS schedule and its position that it is impossible for … Continue reading

US Confederations Cup Squad: Thoughts on the Tournament and the Selections

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The United States participated in two Confederations Cups under Bruce Arena. The 1999 tournament saw the United States reach the semifinals with a mixture of young experimental squad featuring the likes of Benny Olsen and CJ Brown and some veterans … Continue reading

USA 2-1 Honduras: Still Shaky, But Back on Track

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Bob Bradley shook up the US squad and formation today in preparation for a critical qualifier in Chicago against Honduras. The Hondurans were missing two key elements: David Suazo one of the top players in CONCACAF and the solid Julio … Continue reading