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Archives: US National Team

Lessons Learned from the American Summer

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Thirteen competitive games in fifty three days: That’s what the USMNT faced in June and July. We had no friendlies this summer or practice games but deadly serious qualifiers and tournaments. Here is what we’ve learned: Charlie Davies is the … Continue reading

US 0-5 Mexico: El Tri Triumphs After Poor Tournament

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Javier Aguirre got a monkey off his back. After a struggle of a tournament which saw El Tri struggle with the likes of Nicaragua and Panama and also need PKs to beat Costa Rica, the Mexican “B” team triumphed today … Continue reading

CONCACAF Gold Cup Final: Battle of the “B” Sides Broken Down

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

When “B” teams face off it’s tough to make determinations about things. Today’s game at Giants Stadium is sold out and is a Continental Championship match. But the fact is Mexico and the United States are both fielding “B” teams. … Continue reading

Honduras 0-2 USA: Young Yanks Headed to Final

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Clarence Goodson has become a monster on set pieces since leaving MLS to go to Scandinavia a year and a half ago. Had Bruce Arena still been coaching the US, he may not have noticed this. But Bob Bradley has, … Continue reading

CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals: US 2-0 Honduras, Mexico 1-1 (5-3PKS) Costa Rica AET

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Join us beginning at 6:15pm ET for live commentary from tonight’s CONCACAF Gold Cup Semifinals: US vs Honduras, and Mexico vs Costa Rica from Chicago’s Soldier Field. Feel free to leave your commentary in the comments section. Juan Arango, who … Continue reading

USA 2-1 Panama AET: A Job Well Done

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

In each of the last two Gold Cups the United States and Panama have played competitive knock out stage matches. With that backdrop, much was expected tonight and the game was every bit as competitive as the previous two. I … Continue reading

Bob Bradley’s Gold Cup Squad Can Now Fill The Depth Problem

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

After that surprising run in this past Confederations Cup from the Egypt Match all the way to the final, we all saw what happens when you face a top side like Brazil that has depth from the top players in … Continue reading

USA 2-2 Haiti: Smiles All Around in Turf Debacle (UPDATED)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With a desperate Haitian team coming to Foxborough to face a USA “C” team any result was on the table. But sadly when a match of this magnitude is played on artificial turf, it is difficult to make evaluations about … Continue reading

USA 2-0 HONDURAS: Santino’s Redemption

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Santino Quaranta has had a bumpy last several years. I’ll assume all our readers are familiar with his trials and travails so I won’t rehash them here. But tonight at his home stadium,  Quaranta achieved redemption with his first international … Continue reading

Grenada 0-4 USA: July Fourth Masterpiece

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Don’t let the skeptics tell you Grenada is a poor opponent. This side qualified for the Gold Cup by beating World Cup 2006 and current Hexagonal participant Trinidad and Tobago. This is also a team that gave Costa Rica such … Continue reading

South Florida Paces ESPN’s Confederations Cup Final Numbers

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Steve Goff of the Washington Post reports that the US-Brazil final on ESPN garnered a 2.7 overnight rating. (I had received a text message earlier in the day that the match had received a 2.8 rating) which is the highest … Continue reading

US Depth Chart: Bradley’s 23 Decisions

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The USMNT just finished a grueling stretch of seven competitive matches in twenty five days. As we enter July and the CONCACAF Gold Cup lets asses where the player pool is just a year out from the World Cup. Bob … Continue reading

USA Vs Brazil: Second Half Was A Tough Pill To Swallow

Posted on by Daniel Feuerstein

I am gutted, exhausted, disappointed and further more my pride has been bruised and battered. I honestly thought after the first half ended that there was a slight chance of the boys to put on another solid performence against another … Continue reading

US 2-3 Brazil: Heartbreak

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Dunga got his tactical changes right in the second half and Bob Bradley didn’t adequately make tactical changes to counter the Brazilians. Bradley’s tactics and subs resembled the scared, conservative changes of the last two qualifiers and the first two … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Final: Not Simply a Game

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The US National Team often times has to fight a two front war for recognition: the first is against an indifferent domestic sporting press and the second is against a downright hostile foreign football press. As the US fights for … Continue reading

A Toast to the US Soccer Fan as We Await the Confederations Cup Final

Posted on by Brian Zygo

As both a fan and observer of American Soccer in general and the US Men’s National Team (USMNT) in particular, Confederations Cup 2009 has been a rollercoaster with amazing emotional highs and lows. As we all know, the US started … Continue reading

Confederations Cup Final: Three Keys for the US vs Brazil

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

ATTACK THE LEFT SIDE The left side is where you attack Brazil. Under Dunga, Brazil essentially plays without a left sided midfielder.  The left back position for the Brazilians has been a similarly problematic as it has been for the … Continue reading

Can the U.S. national team ride the wave?

Posted on by Randy Capps

Today is a good day. The sky is a bit more blue, the air carries a hint of possibility and the birds are signing Better Than Ezra tunes. Because today is the first day of a new era of American … Continue reading