Category: US Soccer

6 players the US Men’s National Team missed out on

The United States Men’s National Team has a long-standing tradition of being a team comprised of multinational players. From the inaugural World Cup, the USMNT has called on multinational players to don the red, white, and blue kit. Here’s a list of notable players the USMNT missed out on. Giuseppe Rossi – Italy Rossi’s career can largely be defined by ‘what if.’ Had Rossi not suffered a series of major knee surgeries (five in total) he could’ve been one of Europe’s elite strikers. The New Jersey native moved to Parma, Italy when he was 12 before entering Manchester United’s academy ... Read more

Why the USMNT will never be as good as Brazil

After a historically poor World Cup qualifying campaign the US Men’s National Team is going through a bit of an identity crisis. Despite winning three consecutive hexes prior to 2018, amassing 20+ points in each campaign, the in-flux squad could only manage 12 points this go-around. Ask a pundit what went wrong and they’ll tell you that Klinsmann lost control of the locker room, the tactics were desultory, or that bad luck simply took center stage. The aforementioned are all valid reasons, however, the demise of the USMNT has much more far-reaching roots than an Omar Gonzalez own goal or ... Read more

A sterile aesthetic in American soccer fandom

Soccer is the most popular youth sport in America but it’s still playing catchup as a professional sport, although thanks to these betting bonuses you can now bet on MLS or any other soccer league easily. But what specifically stops soccer from catching on? And will things change in the long run? Editor’s Note: Spencer Abel examines the aesthetic of soccer support in today’s stadiums and reflects on the broader interest for soccer in America.  The aesthetic of soccer has a persuasive power that’s able to knock the reason out of a spectator. In American soccer, that aesthetic is blunt. ... Read more

USA vs. Ireland match preview: Young squad faces tougher challenge

So far, so good USMNT coach Dave Sarachan ran out a very youthful lineup and they impressed with a resounding 3-0 over an overmatched Bolivia side. But now the test gets more difficult. A home game against an understrength side that didn’t qualify for the World Cup is one thing. A road game against a team that made it to the Round of 16 at Euro 2016 is quite another. The opponent: Ireland. The display that the young players put on against Bolivia was quite impressive. Three players scored their first international goal: Walker Zimmerman, Josh Sargent and Tim Weah. ... Read more

USA vs Bolivia preview: Several USMNT rookies set to win first caps

In the three games since failing to qualify for the World Cup, the theme has focused on calling up young players. That has held true with the roster for this camp. The average age is less than 23 years old. While some fans have made the argument that since missing the World Cup, the US needs to just build for the future and not worry about results until the 2019 Gold Cup, the argument should be made that the situation calls for the exact opposite. Looking at this roster, it features seven players who have never been capped before: Alex ... Read more

For the US Men’s National Team, the path to success starts in Europe

For those who watched the World Cup qualifiers, the American players often looked tentative, with long stretches of idleness and indecision. Maybe the idea of pulling on the USMNT jersey was too much for some. That the USMNT lost a critical game to Trinidad & Tobago, a country the size of Dallas, exposed the enormous cracks in the United States soccer foundation. The USMNT’s feeble second-to-last finish in the final round of WCQ points to systemic problems throughout the entire U.S. soccer system. It’s not an issue of money or poor training facilities or a lack of technology. It’s about ... Read more

Don’t miss Kartik Krishnaiyer’s ‘US Soccer In Crisis’ video broadcast

On the topic of the current US soccer crisis, Kartik Krishnaiyer will be presenting a special video broadcast at 3pm ET/Noon PT today (Monday, October 23, 2017) on Facebook Live. The video broadcast will be streamed live on this webpage as well as on Facebook at facebook.com/worldsoccertalk. Additionally, for those who may miss the live broadcast, it’ll be available on demand. The advantage of watching the broadcast live is you’ll be able to ask questions directly to Kartik as he interacts with soccer fans from across the United States. Krishnaiyer will be discussing a multitude of important topics including the ... Read more

The story of Manchester United’s highest-scoring American of all-time

James “Jimmy” Brown, the oldest boy of eight children, was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland on December 31, 1908 and raised in Troon. Growing up back then, next to Royal Troon Golf Club, it offered boys the choice of either playing golf or soccer. James never played organized soccer but was part of a group of kids who played on the streets of Troon and enjoyed sneaking on Royal Troon’s course to play a quick nine holes with his brothers before sunset. After completing a five-year riveting apprenticeship at the Troon Shipyard, he took off for America in late 1927 to find his ... Read more