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Archives: US Soccer

Tactically, the US Need DaMarcus Beasley

Posted on by Ron Preston Jr

The last time many of us saw DaMarcus Beasley, his miss on a corner launched a Brazilian counter-attack that led to the eventual trouncing of the US in the group phase of the Confederations Cup.  It was the culmination of … Continue reading

Youth Soccer in the USA – The Future On Display

Posted on by Peter C

Ever since I started following soccer closely, I’ve been intrigued by the varied opinions on how best to develop young talent. College or team academies? Better coaching. Everyone has their own ideas on the best methods. Fans of MLS, in … Continue reading

Project 2010 Look Back: Part II, National Youth Structure

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

In our ongoing look back at Project 2010 as we enter 2010, this seemed an appropriate time to look back at Carlos Quieroz’s recommendations regarding the structure of club soccer in the United States. Given the labor troubles brewing in … Continue reading

Monday Musings

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

The Galaxy’s win over the Dynamo was dramatic but in many ways tainted. A strange call when against Houston, and the rolling power outages that swept Southern California seemed to unfortunately coincide with upsurges in Houston play. Chicago vs Real … Continue reading

The Return of Familiar Faces

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Major League Soccer’s decision to conduct its semifinal playoff rounds at the same time as this international break has severely hamstrung Bob Bradley’s selection.  With two very interesting friendlies against European sides that have already qualified for next summer’s World Cup, these … Continue reading

The USMNT’s European November Features Big Tests

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

With US qualification to the World Cup secure, the USSF has scheduled two interesting friendlies for the international break in November. The US was relatively impressive in CONCACAF qualifying, recording improbable wins at Port of Spain against Trinidad & Tobago … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on the US Win

Posted on by Eric Altshule

Some random thoughts on the US win and the upcoming game against Costa Rica The Greatest US Win I Have Never Seen.   A lot has already been said about how absurd it was that this game was not broadcast to … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Brian Zygo

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 … Continue reading

Which Team is Better – 2002 or 2009?

Posted on by Eric Altshule

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Brian Zygo

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, … Continue reading

Random Thoughts on USA 2, El Salvador 1

Posted on by Eric Altshule

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 … Continue reading

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

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

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 … Continue reading

Dominic Kinnear: A Model MLS Coach

Posted on by Brian Zygo

The English Premier League is one of the most popular football leagues in the world for many reasons, especially its coaching soap opera. No other league has managed to turn coaching vendettas and spats into a complex, highly entertaining mix … 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

Give Us Our Yanks!

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Jason Davis of Match Fit USA is leading a collective effort of those of us in the blogosphere who cover and support the USMNT to take action to help ensure maximum exposure for the US-Mexico qualifying match at Azteca on … Continue reading

First XI Mania

Posted on by Kartik Krishnaiyer

Yesterday, we learned the First XI for the MLS All Star Game versus Everton on July 29th. Everton has lost its two most recent matches against MLS sides in Chicago last year and Salt Lake the year before. (I bet … 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