Category: US

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

Where to find USA vs. England U17 World Cup quarterfinal on US TV and streaming

If you’re trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. England in the U17 World Cup quarterfinal, you’ve come to the right place. The US men’s u17 team faces England in the World Cup on Saturday in a match that will be televised live across the United States. The U-17 MNT reached the Quarterfinal with a memorable 5-0 victory against Paraguay on Monday, Oct. 16 in New Delhi. Against England, the USA will look to advance to the U-17 World Cup Semifinals for the second time and first instance since 1999. The Three Lions advanced to the Quarterfinals ... Read more

Alexi Lalas defends US Soccer status quo on FOX Sports broadcast [VIDEO]

On Sunday’s MLS broadcast that was televised live on FS1, leading US Men’s National Team analyst Alexi Lalas gave a stirring two-minute speech that championed the status quo in US Soccer. Lalas defended Sunil Gulati and the US Soccer Federation. “No one person has the answers,” said Lalas. “Sunil Gulati doesn’t.” He continued, “[The system we built] is better than anything we’ve ever had before. “We don’t need to tear it down and start it over. The system did not lose the game against Trinidad.” Regarding change, Lalas concluded, “I hope that it’s change that builds on the past while ... Read more

Alexi Lalas and Taylor Twellman illustrate stark contrast in their analysis of USA’s World Cup disaster

In the wake of the disastrous World Cup qualifying campaign that culminated in a 2-1 loss Tuesday night against Trinidad and Tobago, it was surprising to see the differing approaches from the two most high-profile analysts of the US Men’s National Team. In one corner, you had FOX Sports Alexi Lalas, guardian of the status quo and US Soccer system. In the other, you had ESPN’s Taylor Twellman who continued his long-standing calls for reform in a more aggressive fashion than ever before. At the full time whistle in the Caribbean, the USMNT’s failure came into full view. The US, ... Read more

Why Tata Martino should be hired as Bruce Arena’s replacement for USMNT

With Bruce Arena announcing that he has stepped down as US Men’s National Team coach, now is the time for the US to start looking for a permanent new manager. They need someone who can get them back on track and start winning games again and get the US to the World Cup in 2022 and quite honestly they need someone who can do it with some sizzle and panache. US Soccer needs to fill a Brinks truck with cash and go after one man: Tata Martino. It should be noted here that yes Bruce Arena needs to go but ... Read more

Unfounded arrogance cost US Soccer place at World Cup

In the aftermath of the United States’ stunning failure to quality for the World Cup for the first time in more than thirty years, it’s clear that U.S. Soccer has serious structural problems that need fixing. We need to lower costs and remove barriers to entry for young players across the country – especially in lower-income, urban areas. We need to raise coaching standards. But those structural problems aren’t new, and they aren’t what prevented the U.S. from getting to Russia next summer. Pay to play is a travesty, but we’ve had a pay to play system in this country ... Read more