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Top 5 Lowlights of American Soccer in 2009

2010 is upon us, which means that it’s the time of year when we journalists, pundits, analysts, and/or columnists take stock of the year that has passed and provide you with our lists of the past years highlights and lowlights. So, to start things of for me, here is my […]

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 […]

US-Mexico Smashes Viewership Records

The Revolution is being televised. Despite almost constant hostility from significant elements of the mainstream media (including basketball announcers on ESPN who it seem deliberately mispronounce the names of football teams and players during the lead into MLS or National Team matches) Wednesday’s US-Mexico match shattered all sorts of record. […]

US Player Ratings vs Mexico

U.S. NATIONAL PLAYER RATINGS: The United States continued their dominance over Mexico last night with a 2-0 victory. Here’s a look at how the U.S. National Team rated: Brian Ching, 6– Solid presence, still not the answer up top for the U.S. National Team. Landon Donovan, 8– Continues his personal dominates […]

Same Scoreline: Different Story

2-0. The scoreline which rings so familiar in US-Mexico clashes was again repeated tonight. But this game was different. Firstly, Mexico with a virtual “B” attacking squad thanks partly to suspensions and injuries and also to the stubbornness of El Tri’s manager was playing with a foot tied. This allowed […]

Analysis of US Squad

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: 12/1), Heath Pearce (Hansa Rostock: 7/0), Marvell Wynne (Toronto FC: […]

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CONCACAF Cup: Mexico’s defense looks surprisingly settled ahead of USA playoff

There’s a sense of creeping dread familiar to Mexican soccer fans, that sinking feeling that occurs when the opposition progresses past the midfield and is driving at the back line: “Oh no. We can’t stop them.” Mexico has a long history of great goalkeepers and defensive midfielders. Defenders? El Tri hasn’t […]