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lawrence dockery

Originally born in Las Vegas, I now live in the Memphis area and have since 2005. I became a soccer fan when I was in second grade and watched the USA’s run to the World Cup quarter-finals in 2002 and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’ve also been a referee since the fall of 2006 and have racked up quite a few miles on my feet. I began writing for World Soccer Talk way back in 2014 and have primarily handled USMNT game previews and attendance pieces. Since 2019 I have also been the host of a podcast dedicated to covering everything soccer in the Memphis area from USL to NISL to NCAA.

STORIES BY lawrence dockery


/ 62 days ago

USA vs Jamaica preview: USMNT shoots for three-peat

In 2024, the USA has a monumental schedule that can lead to great success. Likewise, a poor spell of form from the USMNT could spell disaster for U.S. soccer in potentially watershed moments in the United States. That all starts this weekend when the USA takes on Jamaica in the CONCACAF Nations League semifinals. This […]


/ 122 days ago

USA vs. Slovenia preview: Testing the USMNT's depth

A key year begins for the US Men's National Team (USMNT). With the home World Cup rapidly approaching, the US must take advantage of every big game opportunity. Both the Nations League and the Copa America are on the docket for the US in 2024. But it all gets started against a team that the […]


/ 153 days ago

Most-attended soccer games in the United States during 2023

Attendance is one of the most significant metrics used to gauge the growth of soccer in the United States. Bigger crowds mean more eyeballs and more money. That, in theory, leads back to more sizeable crowds until it becomes a self-sustaining cycle. In 2023, it was a remarkable year for many reasons, namely the introduction […]

TV Ratings

/ 154 days ago

USWNT 2023 TV ratings best since 2019

The USWNT TV ratings in 2023 were the best since 2019. In 2023, the USWNT's TV ratings averaged 1,560,929 viewers per game for 14 games where viewing figures were available. That is a whopping 330% increase over 2022's average of 362,692 viewers per game. Here are the TV ratings for the USWNT games in 2023. […]


/ 154 days ago

2023 Mexico attendance in US 77% higher than USMNT

When it comes to soccer in the United States, neither the USMNT nor the USWNT is America's Team. That title belongs to Mexico. The attendance at Mexico games in the US for 2023 dwarfs both that of the USMNT and the USWNT. This year was no different. In 2023, Mexico averaged an attendance of 52,337 […]

United States

/ 162 days ago

USWNT 2023 attendance best since 2019

Now that the United States Women's National Team (USWNT) has completed all of its games for the 2023 calendar year, it's time to look at how the USWNT 2023 attendance did. In 2023, the USWNT averaged an attendance of 17,961. That came throughout 12 home games in friendlies and the She Believes Cup. Averaging just […]

TV Ratings

/ 174 days ago

USMNT TV ratings in 2023 are the lowest since 2018

TV viewership numbers for the US Men's National Team during 2023 are the lowest since 2018. Based on research and analysis compiled by World Soccer Talk, viewership in 2023 dropped 69% from 4,267,063 viewers per game in 2022. The average audience for the men's national team was 1,324,833 viewers per game in 2023. That is […]


/ 182 days ago

USMNT 2023 attendance best since 2017 thanks to Mexico

Helped by big crowds for games against Mexico on US soil, the average attendance for the United States men's national team (USMNT) home matches in 2023 was the best since 2017. USMNT average attendance climbed from 29,400 in 2017 to 29,578 in 2023. Still, attendances for US Soccer men's games still have a long way […]

Trinidad and Tobago vs USA preview: Copa America beckons

The first leg of the Nations League quarterfinals was a slog for the US. Trinidad and Tobago held the USMNT scoreless for the first 80 minutes despite picking up a red card in the first half. The dam eventually broke, and the US was able to pull out a 3-0 win. The scene now shifts […]

USA vs Trinidad & Tobago: USMNT aims to reach Copa America

The Copa America is on the horizon for the USA when it takes on Trinidad and Tobago. Like the 2016 edition, next year's tournament is in the United States. Unlike the 2016 edition, the USMNT does not qualify automatically as the host. The six guest nations from CONCACAF must qualify through the Nations League. The […]


/ 216 days ago

USMNT attendance suffering against lackluster opponents

For three of the last four home games, the USMNT attendance has been suffering because of the weaker nature of its opponents. The United States is gearing up to co-host the World Cup in under three years. Still, based on three of the last four home games, excitement and support for this team is lower […]


/ 218 days ago

USA vs Ghana preview: Rematch of the World Cup 2014 classic

It is a World Cup rematch for the USA when it hosts Ghana in a preview of what may come in 2026. These sides did not meet this past winter in Qatar. This particular World Cup rematch is from 2006 in Germany. And it is from 2010 in South Africa. And it is from Brazil […]


/ 221 days ago

Gio Reyna returns: USA vs. Germany preview

Gio Reyna returns to the USMNT for the first time since Gregg Berhalter was rehired as manager when the USA hosts Germany in a friendly. The furor surrounding the two needs no reiterating. But questions continue to swirl about whether the rift has truly started to mend. There is a game to be played, however. […]


/ 253 days ago

USA vs Oman preview: Berhalter hunts second win in return

Gregg Berhalter's first game back in charge of the USMNT was lackluster. It typified the style of game fans saw in his first cycle as US manager. As in so many of the games during his previous stint, the US got the win by a scoreline that was more flattering than the game suggested. The […]

Gregg Berhalter

/ 256 days ago

USMNT vs Uzbekistan preview: Berhalter is back

Gregg Berhalter is back. As the saying goes, there is nothing new under the Sun. From October of 2017 to December of 2018, US Soccer swore up and down it was conducting a real coaching search. They hired Gregg Berhalter, brother of US Soccer's Jay Berhalter. Now, this year, new Sporting Director Matt Crocker swore […]

United States

/ 279 days ago

Recommended US venues to co-host the 2027 Women's World Cup

The next five years are going to be the biggest in American soccer history. Numerous high-level international tournaments are coming to the United States. In 2024, the Copa America returns to these shores after eight years away. The revamped Club World Cup is coming the following year. However, the two biggest sporting events coming to […]


/ 290 days ago

USA vs Sweden preview: Americans backing into knockout rounds

The USWNT has not played well thus far at the Women's World Cup. In fact, the Americans are backing into the knockout rounds. This year was the first time the USWNT had failed to win at least two group stage games. Because of this they finished as the runners-up in their group. By finishing as […]


/ 295 days ago

USWNT vs Portugal preview: Knockout stage spot up for grabs

If the previous two games provide any preview of the USWNT, the final group stage game against Portugal is no guarantee. Even worse, the USWNT must force at least a draw to punch a ticket to the knockout stages. With the final group game against Portugal rapidly approaching, many feel that the USWNT has not […]


/ 301 days ago

USWNT vs. Netherlands preview: Rematch of 2019 World Cup final

The USWNT began its Women's World Cup title defense in underwhelming fashion. It opened with a 3-0 win over Vietnam. The performance left much to be desired. Many expected a repeat of the 13-0 opening win over Thailand four years ago. But at the end of the day, the United States got all three points. […]


/ 306 days ago

USWNT vs Vietnam preview: US begins World Cup title defense

The Women's World Cup is finally here, and the USWNT looks to make it three tournament wins in a three-tournament span. Several teams have already played but it is now time for the USWNT to take the stage. They will be aiming to make history and to do something never done before. The USWNT begins […]