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Archives: US National Team

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

Bradenton Academy Impact on USMNT: You Decide

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Yesterday on the Major League Soccer Talk Podcast, one of our guests Jamie Trecker of FOX Sports articulated an opinion which I happen to believe is well founded regarding the lack of player development by the USSF despite having a … Continue reading

Costa Rica 3-1 USA: Saprissa Strikes Again

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

To those fans of the US National Team who have been around their was nothing surprising or alarming about this match or the scoreline. For newcomers to US Soccer who have begun to expect more or have been told to … Continue reading

Bradley’s Big Decisions

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Well the big day is upon us. Beginning tomorrow and culminating with the Gold Cup Final late next month the United States National Team will be in almost constant action. No friendlies are on the schedule in this period. Just … Continue reading

CONCACAF: Mental Toughness Needed

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Many fans newer to the game in this country who perhaps form their opinions by listening to anglicized radio programs or perhaps football themed shows direct from Britain have formed a completely invalid and biased opinion about CONCACAF. Many of … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 11

Posted on by Peter C

This week’s nine matches averaged just over 16,000. After 84 matches, the league is drawing 1,278 fewer per game than the first 84 games last year, a 7.9% decrease. The weekly average was down from last year but can be … Continue reading

Estadio Saprissa: CONCACAF Dungeon

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Estadio Saprissa has been an unwelcome sight for many a CONCACAF visitor through the years. On the club level it has become nearly impossible for Mexican or American sides to go down to San Jose and expect a result. But … Continue reading

Hejduk’s Injury Hurts (UPDATED)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Frankie Hejduk’s injury suffered on Wednesday night before an MLS match was disastrous as the US enters the most important stretch of matches since 2006. It was Hejduk who was the best US player at World Cup 1998, and filled … Continue reading

MLS – The Good, The Bad, The Internationals

Posted on by Peter C

Seattle beat Colorado 1-0 in the last MLS play-in match of the US Open Cup on Tuesday. The win earns Seattle a berth in the US Open Cup. The eight MLS clubs will begin play in the 3rd round, on … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 10

Posted on by Peter C

This week’s seven matches averaged just under 13,800, slightly up from last year’s week 10 average. It was good to see an increase, albeit a small one, with Seattle on the road. After 75 matches, exactly the 1/3 mark of … Continue reading

US Squad Revealed: Talking Points

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

All the pomp and circumstance of ESPN yielded us a predictable 24 for the upcoming qualifiers versus Costa Rica and Honduras.  Here is the squad: GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 5/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton: 9/7 SO) DEFENDERS (9): … Continue reading

The Ballad of Freddy Adu

Posted on by Brian Zygo

On Saturday in Monaco, A.S. Monaco beat Stade Rennes, 3 to 1, giving Monaco 40 points on the season thus far and securing a spot in the middle of the French Ligue 1 table. Sitting on Monaco’s bench, was one … Continue reading

Busy Time for US Men

Posted on by Peter C

The US Men’s National Teams will be busy for the rest of this year. Here’s a peek at what’s coming up. Men’s Senior Team Coming off a 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF final World Cup Qualifying … Continue reading

Take Me Out to the Ballgame – Week 5

Posted on by Peter C

Week 5 in the MLS was troubling from an attendance standpoint. This week’s seven matches averaged just a bit over 12,000, a decline of nearly 5,000 from last year’s week 5 matches. As optimistic as I like to be, it’s … Continue reading

Soccer Thoughts on Jackie Robinson Day

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the world of the Beautiful Game April 15th is most known for Hillsborough, but in the United States, April 15th is best know for one of the most significant sporting and cultural moments of the 20th Century. It was … Continue reading

Is Bob Bradley Really a “Eurosnob”?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Much has been made on this site and others about Bob Bradley reluctance to call in MLS based players (except those he is 100% comfortable with) for qualifiers, while continuing to call in footballers from European Leagues that some US … Continue reading