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Want To Grow Soccer In The US: It Takes Honest Criticism Not A Pollyanna Approach

Labor Day has come and gone, the sun is setting earlier, and, even here in Houston, the air contains a slight fall crispness. Yes, the Summer of Soccer is over, and what an interesting summer it has been. Back on Father’s Day, like a Phoenix, the US National Team rose […]

The 2010 MLS Season: Fair To The World Cup & Balanced

A common complaint about Major League Soccer is its failure or unwillingness to observe FIFA International breaks. As recently as this month we have seen MLS matches played at the same time as crucial World Cup Qualifiers involving the United States National Team, this despite earlier indications from MLS that […]

Which Team is Better – 2002 or 2009?

There has been some talk lately about how the USMNT has regressed from its best teams of the past decade – that a lack of veteran leadership has made this team shakier and that Bob Bradley is making do with a hand full of poor cards.  I don’t believe that […]

Dempsey’s Foul: The Wrong Call

As much as I enjoy Kartik’s writing and analysis, let me add a counter-point on this.  The referee clearly blew this call, and there are no rules of the game or replay angels that would ever indicate otherwise. That being said, I try not to get fussed about blown calls.  Soccer is […]

Vincenzo Bernardo Is A Free Agent But Will Major League Soccer Let Another Italian Get Away?

This past week it was officially announced that Vincenzo Bernardo had opted out of his contract with Italian Serie A club Napoli and is now a free agent. For some weeks there has been speculation that the New Jersey native, who joined Napoli’s primavera squad in 2006, would be coming […]

Random Thoughts on USA 2, El Salvador 1

The US did not play particularly well, but three points is three points. After the loss at Azteca, the most important thing the US needed to do was put a W up on the board, and they did that. There passing was poor, their link-up play was stilted, and their […]

The Battle for CONCACAF: Work Left For The US To Do

With two relatively straight forward fixtures this week, the United States National Team is almost guaranteed to be leading the Hexagonal after this international break. But this will guarantee nothing, as the one time magic 15 point mark for World Cup qualification from CONCACAF is almost sure to be exceeded […]

US Squad Revealed

Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan (Aston Villa, England), Tim Howard (Everton, England). Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra (Rennes, France), Jonathan Bornstein (Chivas USA), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover, Germany), Jay DeMerit (Watford, England), Chad Marshall (Columbus Crew), Oguchi Onyewu (AC Milan, Italy), Jonathan Spector (West Ham United, England), Clarence Goodson (IK Start). Midfielders: Michael Bradley (Borussia […]

Quick Training Camp Notes

A larger number of press than usual at USMNT camp today in Miami which tells us about the attention this “summer of soccer” has created. Several of the media members present are attending training here in Miami tomorrow morning and then flying to Mexico City for game. Several others are […]

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