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Archives: US Soccer

It’s MLS or the highway for American soccer

Posted on by Earl Reed
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If it hasn’t been clear to you over the last decade or two, get used to this idea: in American soccer, it’s either the MLS way or the highway. Yesterday marked the announcement of Minnesota United FC (MNUFC) making the … Continue reading

USMNT must rectify second half fadeouts

Posted on by Matt Lichtenstadter
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Every Nicklas Bendtner joke aside (and there are a cavalcade of them to be made), it’s another game for the United States that has brought up more questions than answers. It’s still early in a World Cup cycle, and the … Continue reading

Match preview – USA vs. Denmark

Posted on by Lawrence Dockery
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A very busy 2015 rolls on for the US. Games against Chile and Panama are behind them, and games against Denmark and Switzerland lay directly ahead. It’s the first chance of the year for Jurgen Klinsmann to get a look … Continue reading

Why the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup isn’t “March Madness” yet

Posted on by Earl Reed
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Even if you haven’t filled out your NCAA Tournament bracket (or five) yet, you are probably still aware that there’s some big college basketball tournament about to explode onto several networks today. Colloquially it is known as “March Madness”. In … Continue reading

MLS, NASL and USL soccer pyramid has plenty of opportunity to be successful

Posted on by Earl Reed
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The growth of soccer in the United States is something that can be easily taken for granted. We’ve seen the disastrous fallout that occurs when leagues overextend themselves, lacking the financial support to reach the lofty strata they desire to … Continue reading

FOX Sports exec shows little understanding of US soccer history

Posted on by Christopher Harris
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The same FOX Sports executive who hired Gus Johnson and tried to turn him into a soccer commentator, and who is arguably the most powerful soccer TV exec in the country given that FOX has the rights to the World Cup … Continue reading

Bob Bradley is a fine coach and capable of securing a big European role

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Bob Bradley cuts an imposing figure on a touchline. Booming voice. Chiseled features. Wilting stare. And you’d kill for his posture. On Sunday afternoon, it was Bradley standing ramrod straight for 90 minutes on a clear, chilly Portland day, coaching … Continue reading

GQ meets Howler: Review of ‘Associated,’ the new soccer magazine

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Soccer in America has forever been the domain of those who enjoy combining philosophy and sport.  Until the recent growth of MLS, soccer fans tended to gather in their corners of the internet and often try to create enclaves of … Continue reading

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to justify MLS’s flawed Single Entity policy

Posted on by Earl Reed
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On Twitter, I have seen more and more MLS pundits sitting firmly behind the MLS Players Union, wanting to see them hold strong and fight for free agency. This is an interesting position for these pundits, who over the years … Continue reading

England vs USA preview: USWNT need answers in critical test

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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After a string of poor performances by the US Women’s National Team and losing its number one ranking in the world, critics are still calling for more changes to the team, shuffling more players around, and questioning whether USWNT Head Coach Jillian Ellis can … Continue reading

Preview of the USA vs. Panama international friendly

Posted on by Lawrence Dockery
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The year 2015 got off to a bad start for the USA as they fell 3-2 on the road in Chile. Overall it was a mixed performance with good showings by Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore, but poor showing from … Continue reading

US Soccer announces schedule and format for 102nd U.S Open Cup tournament

Posted on by Robert Hay
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U.S. Soccer announced today the field and schedule for the 102nd Lamar Hunt tournament.  The big news is the size of the field – 91 teams including all 47 professional teams from the top divisions of USSF.  The other 44 … Continue reading

U.S Soccer president Sunil Gulati needs to take a stand against Sepp Blatter and FIFA

Posted on by Abe Asher
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On April 19th, 2013, Sunil Gulati – at least in theory – became one of the most powerful men in soccer. No one remembers the razor-thin margin of his victory – an 18-17 vote victory over Mexican Federation President Justino … Continue reading

Troublesome U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo suspended for 30 days

Posted on by Jacquelyn Brazzale
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After recently being cleared of domestic assault charges, USWNT goalkeeper Hope Solo was handed a 30-day suspension from U.S. Soccer last night. The federation would not cite the specifics of the suspension, but the order comes after an incident in … Continue reading

Rene Meulensteen sees bright future ahead for US Soccer but improvements needed

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer
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Rene Meulensteen played an integral part in four Premier League title winning teams at Manchester United during his tenure as Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant manager from 2007 to 2013. He briefly served as Head Coach of Fulham during the 2013-14 season and achieved … Continue reading

The Search for a New American Hero in European Soccer

Posted on by Robert Hay
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The exodus of the United States’ best players from Europe to the homeland continued this winter, with Mix Diskerud and possibly Sacha Kljestan signing with MLS clubs. We have written a novel’s worth of stories about its impact on the … Continue reading

Reading Between the Lines to Understand What Jurgen Klinsmann Really Means

Posted on by Abe Asher
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Since it appears that we are going to be stuck with Jurgen Klinsmann as the US Men’s National Team manager for the foreseeable future, it seems prudent to get to the bottom of what the boss really means when he … Continue reading

U.S National Team to Renew Mexico Rivalry This April in San Antonio

Posted on by Robert Hay
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Coming off of surprising Round of 16 appearances in the 2014 World Cup, the United States men’s national team will renew its rivalry with Mexico this April, according to an announcement today by the US Soccer Federation.  The match will … Continue reading