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Archives: US National Team

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

Give me the MLS & USL, or Give Me Death!

Posted on by Brian Zygo

In the comments made to my last post on this site, an individual stated that they were sick of hearing about ways to grow the MLS and suggested it should be shut down, put out of its misery. Well as … Continue reading

Not so Fantastic: Advice to the MLS from The Special One

Posted on by Brian Zygo

Love him or hate him, you cannot ignore Jose Mourinho, because he is the proverbial moth drawn to the media spotlight. This recent FIFA International Break found the Special One in the United States as he prepared for the World … Continue reading

US National Team: Now the Challenge Begins

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The United States National Team faced three of its four easiest qualifying matches at the beginning of the Hexagonal schedule. The expectation that the United States would capture nine points from these three matches and have a security buffer against … Continue reading

US 3-0 T&T: Landon Donovan’s Masterpiece

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Reuters Photo Bob Bradley shook up the US lineup entering tonight’s must win qualifier in Nashville against Trinidad and Tobago. The squad responded with a 3-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago. But I will preface the analysis of the match … Continue reading

US Lineup for Trinidad and Tobago Qualifier

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

US Lineup: Hejduk , Onyewu, Bocanegra, Beasley, Dempsey, Mastroeni, Bradley, Donovan; Altidore, Ching. Beasley plays left back replacing Heath Pearce,  Beasley is replaced in left midfield by Clint Dempsey who is replaced on the right side by Landon Donovan. Jozy … Continue reading

Matchday: US vs Trinidad & Tobago

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Nashville is the venue for the today’s World Cup Qualifier between the United States, high flying side at home and Francisco Maturana’s Soca Warriors. The last time these two teams met on US soil, last September in Chicago, Maturana got … Continue reading

CONCACAF Hexaganol Matchday Three

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The empire strikes back could have been the headline for Saturday as Mexico beat nemesis Costa Rica to reclaim a little bit of lost mojo. But now Mexico must go to Honduras and slay another dragon, in the form of … Continue reading

Bradley’s Bucket: Safety First?

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Bob Bradley’s tactics are worrisome to begin with, but now player selection is becoming a bigger and bigger issue for the US National Team. The bucket formation which has been criticized from the get go as non conducive to international … Continue reading

El Salvador 2-2 USA: CONCACAF Personified

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

AP Photo If you missed this match, you missed something special. The US with their backs against the wall in a hostile atmosphere came through with two incredibly skillful goals to draw in El Salvador 2-2. This match had everything … Continue reading


Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

It’s been going on so long now, we should all be immune to it. But somehow it still evokes anger. For the record while I do not believe MLS should play during international breaks for a variety of reasons, if … Continue reading


Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The fixtures may look less than daunting. But trips to Central America are never easy and with CONCACAF’s own version of murderers row coming over the Summer (@ Costa Rica, Honduras, @ Mexico) it’s imperative that the US take maximum … Continue reading

US-El Salvador 1997

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Highlights of the US trip to San Salvador during the Hexagonal Qualifying for the 1998 World Cup. This is the most recent time El Salvador advanced to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying prior to this year. After game highlights … Continue reading

Jet Lag and American Footballers

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

I spent about an hour at US National Team training yesterday at Barry University in Miami Shores. I was completely alone watching the practice as the college had a baseball game and people were coming in and out of the … Continue reading

Eddie Johnson’s Recall and Other National Team Thoughts (UPDATED)

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

EJ Taken Down vs Argentina in Copa America/Getty Images MONDAY UPDATE: Most of the national team has arrived here in Miami for Training Camp. I’m personally very excited about having Jonathan Spector back in the fold for the US. depth … Continue reading

Analysis of US Squad

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

GOALKEEPERS (2): Brad Guzan (Aston Villa: 4/3 SO), Tim Howard (Everton FC: 7/5 SO) DEFENDERS (7): Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes: 16/2), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA, 1/0), Danny Califf (FC Midtjylland: 3/0), Frankie Hejduk (Columbus Crew: 14/1), Oguchi Onyewu (Standard de Liege: … Continue reading