Category: US

France vs. USA match preview: Young squad faces huge test against World Cup favorites

The series of friendlies that the USMNT is playing before the start of the World Cup got off to a flying start with a resounding 3-0 win over Bolivia on Memorial Day. The opposition then got more difficult against Ireland and the US fell 2-1 on a last minute winner. Now comes the toughest of the three games against a team that many experts are picking to have a very deep run during this World Cup. That team is France. While the US did not look great against Ireland (they lost obviously) they didn’t look completely overmatched, despite interim manager ... Read more

Sarachan makes changes to US squad for Ireland, France friendlies

Los Angeles (AFP) – United States caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has added 10 players to his squad for upcoming friendlies against Ireland and France as he looks to build on his team’s victory against Bolivia, a statement said Tuesday. Sarachan, who is taking charge of the US national team until a permanent coach is appointed after the World Cup, will take a youthful 25-man squad to Europe for the games against Ireland in Dublin on June 2 and France in Lyon on June 9. The US, who defeated Bolivia 3-0 in a friendly in Philadelphia on Monday, have added goalkeepers ... Read more

The case for the USMNT to play in 2019 Copa America

Recent reports state the US Men’s National Team has been invited to participate in the 2019 Copa America. The tournament is set to be hosted by Brazil. The 2019 competition will feature all ten CONMEBOL teams, three teams from CONCACAF and three teams from Asia. The US Soccer Federation has yet to make a decision on whether to participate. Here’s why the US should accept the invite The biggest reason why playing in the Copa America should be a no-brainer is that it would offer a huge opportunity. US players can test themselves against high quality opposition in games that ... Read more

USA vs. Paraguay preview, TV/streaming info and kickoff time

Since failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the US Soccer Federation has actually done a decent job of scheduling the types of opponents the men’s national team (MNT) needs to play more of to get better game experience. Since missing the World Cup, MNT has played two games (both against European teams) and has four more on the docket: two against South American teams and two against European teams. There has also finally been something of an infusion of youth into the squad, with many fresh faces and few old ones. The young guns will get ... Read more

USA 2018 home shirt features unique design for men and women teams

Nike and US Soccer have unveiled their new home jersey for 2018 featuring what they’re identifying as a “light kit.” The US will wear the white kit for the first time on April 5 when the US Women’s National Team played Mexico in a friendly. While the white shirt is traditionally the USA’s home shirt, neither Nike nor US Soccer has called the white shirt its home jersey. The US has an away kit, which they’re identifying as their “dark kit.” That one will debut on March 27 when the US plays Paraguay in a friendly. For the home/light shirt, ... Read more

How US Soccer can keep its fans and gain some new ones

With the US missing out on the World Cup, discontent with US Soccer among the fans has reached an all-time high. The recent US Soccer presidential election did little to change that. In fact, it really only served to fan the flames of the legions of angry fans. With the MNT not having another competitive game until June or July of 2019 at the Gold Cup, the immediate future looks very bleak. US Soccer need to take some steps to prevent this from happening. They are varied and some are vast and some are minor. Here are some things US ... 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

USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina preview: USMNT kicks off 2018 with first game

Well it’s now 2018 and unfortunately the USMNT does not have the World Cup to look forward to. That has been covered at length over the last two months. Now it’s time to start looking to the future. It’s time to bring in younger and untested players and see what they’re made of. That certainly seems to be the case with this particular January Camp roster. And at the end of every January Camp is a game to see how well players picked things up in the camp. The opponent for this January Camp: Bosnia & Herzegovina. The roster for ... Read more