Lawrence Dockery

STORIES BY Lawrence Dockery


/ 10 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

/ 13 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

/ 36 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 […]


/ 47 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 […]


/ 52 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 […]


/ 58 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. […]


/ 63 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 […]


/ 63 days ago

USWNT attendance down 6% during 2019-2023 cycle

The Women's World Cup is nearly here. For the teams that qualified, it is the culmination of a four year cycle. And since it's the end of the cycle, it's time to look back and see what the USWNT attendance was from 2019 to 2023. Unfortunately, the USWNT attendance dropped 6% during the 2015-2019 period. […]


/ 65 days ago

Send Off Series games are happening less often for US Soccer

The 2023 Women's World Cup begins this week. The competition gets underway on July 20 when co-hosts Australia and New Zealand kick off against Republic of Ireland and Norway, respectively. The USWNT begins their quest for a third consecutive title on July 22 in Group E against Vietnam. But fans in the US did not […]

Gold Cup

/ 72 days ago

USA vs Panama preview: Young squad faces toughest test so far

Unsurprisingly, both the United States and Panama meet in the Concacaf Gold Cup semifinal on Wednesday evening. It's not surprising because between 2005 and 2019, USA has played Panama a total of nine times at all eight Gold Cups. Two of those games were in the final which the US both won (2005 and 2013). […]

Gold Cup Quarter-Final: USA vs Canada preview

As expected, the USMNT finished top of Group A. Now it's time for the Gold Cup Quarter-Final. Anything can happen in the knockout rounds of international soccer tournaments. There is no room for error. That is something the US needs to keep in mind as they get set to take on a Canada team they […]

Gold Cup

/ 82 days ago

USA vs Trinidad and Tobago preview: Top spot on the line

The Gold Cup did not start well for the United States Mens National Team (USMNT), as they opened play in Group A with a 1-1 draw against Jamaica. Fortunately, they followed that up with a 6-0 thumping of Gold Cup debutants St. Kitts & Nevis. That leaves the top spot in Group A up for […]

Gold Cup

/ 86 days ago

USMNT seeks bounce back against St. Kitts and Nevis

The high from the USMNT winning the Nations League seems to have worn off rather quickly. A 3-0 win over Mexico and a 2-0 win over Canada gave way to a disappointing 1-1 draw with Jamaica. The USMNT has only won five of its last fifteen games, dating back to June of 2022. In those […]

Gold Cup

/ 90 days ago

USMNT begins Gold Cup title defense against Jamaica

The USMNT has been the dominant force in CONCACAF for several years now. It won the 2021 Nations League and the 2021 Gold Cup. The squad successfully defended its Nations League title last week. Now, the USMNT must look to successfully defend the Gold Cup title. The trophy defense begins against Jamaica. A much-revised squad […]

Nations League Final features USA vs. Canada rivalry

Geography tends to play a big part in making a rivalry. However, it's not just location as the two teams need to be evenly matched. They also need to play meaningful games against each other. This year's Nations League Final features the US and Canada. It's a rivalry that has long had potential but has […]

Nations League Final on the line for USA vs. Mexico

When it comes to CONCACAF events, the preference is typically for a USA game against Mexico in the final. CONCACAF got their wish twice back in 2021. The two power nations of the continent met in the Nations League and Gold Cup title matches. The US won both in extra time. This time around, CONCACAF […]


/ 156 days ago

USA vs Mexico preview: Can Clasico name live up to the hype?

When the attendance for the USA starts to fall off a cliff, the surest way to boost the numbers is to schedule a friendly against Mexico, which is also a preview of the Nations League semifinals. Playing against Mexico in an NFL stadium always draws a big crowd and helps boost the TV viewership. Such is […]

USA vs El Salvador preview: Nations League group stage finale

The USMNT picked up their first win of 2023 in Grenada on Friday night. With the win, they secured their place in this summer's Gold Cup. However, they will need a draw or a win in their final group stage game to secure their place in the Nations League knockout round. That final game is […]

USA vs Grenada preview: A chance to step forward

With the United States set to host the 2026 World Cup with Mexico and Canada, the opportunities for competitive games will be few and far between. Thus the CONCACAF Nations League takes on added significance. Unfortunately, the USMNT still does not have a full-time manager. Based on what US Soccer has said of late, it […]


/ 214 days ago

USA defeat Japan in SheBelieves Cup with Swanson goal

Nashville, TN: It was a picture-perfect day to see USA defeat Japan in the SheBelieves Cup match played at the gorgeous new Geodis Park in Nashville. The Women's World Cup in New Zealand is still several months away, but the USWNT is rounding into form nicely. Last year featured a rough patch for Team USA […]