Author: Lawrence Dockery

I became a fan of soccer while watching the USA's run to the quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and I've been a fan ever since. Originally born in Las Vegas, I now live in the Memphis area. I became a referee in 2006 and am currently a Grade 8. During my senior year of high school, I commentated all of the soccer team's home games and playoff games for the school sports network. Find me on Twitter @ldock93.

Canada vs. USA preview: USMNT faces first away game since 2018

There was really nothing for the US to learn about themselves against Cuba in their Nations League opener on Friday night. The only possible outcome that would have moved the needle in any direction was a loss and that didn’t happen. The US was totally dominant from start to finish but that’s to be expected against a team ranked in the triple digits in the FIFA world rankings and a country that has spent the last 50 plus years under communist rule. However, the US desperately needed something to go right after a Gold Cup final loss to Mexico and ... Read more

USA vs. Cuba preview: Winning isn’t enough; It’s time for performances we can believe in

Nobody asked for the Nations League. Jurgen Klinsmann recently gave an interview to Herculez Gomez of ESPN FC where he called the Nations League a waste of time for teams like the US, Mexico, and Costa Rica. And despite US Soccer’s best efforts to hype this game against Cuba into something resembling a big game, fans aren’t buying it: most recently reported ticket sale figures are hovering right around 9,000. In fact, the only thing the game against Cuba provides the US is an opportunity for mediocre US players like Gyasi Zardes to pad their stats against minnow opposition, and ... Read more

USA vs. Uruguay preview: USMNT attempts to restore faith after heavy Mexico defeat

Since the World Cup Qualifying debacle in Trinidad back in October of 2017, a theme of “it can’t get any worse” has emerged. But every time that though creeps into the collective mindset of the rapidly shrinking USMNT fan base, it gets worse. Friday’s comically inept throttling at the hands of Mexico is a new low in a series of new lows for the US. And with a game against two-time World Cup champions Uruguay up next, there’s no reason for anybody to suspect things are going to get any better. Seeing the US come out and look bad against ... Read more

USA vs. Mexico preview: USMNT faces revenge match against formidable Mexican team

The disappointment of the Gold Cup is still lingering for many US fans. Not only did the USMNT lose to Mexico in the final, they looked less than impressive in several games along the way. Right off the bat, even before the Gold Cup got under way, there were dispiriting and ugly home losses to Jamaica and Venezuela. Then there were first half struggles against a Guyana team ranked 177th in the world. That was followed by a typical, ugly, rock fight of a game against Panama. The quarterfinal against mighty Curacao was nearly a debacle, with the US holding ... Read more

International Champions Cup crowds drop 34% from last year

Another round of the annual summer friendlies in the United States has come and gone. These types of games are usually a smashing success, both in terms of attendance and TV ratings. However, crowds this year were rather disappointing especially for games at the International Champions Cup (which has seen a third straight year of decline). Usually, the International Champions Cup (ICC) features the biggest clubs and most famous players in the world. We’ve seen Messi, Ronaldo and Neymar play stateside as well as clubs including Manchester United, Liverpool, and Bayern Munich. But as it was pointed out on a ... Read more

Liverpool-Dortmund: First soccer game at Notre Dame Stadium deemed a success

One of the great things about big-time European clubs having their pre-seasons here in the United States is the opportunity for some of their players to take in American culture and history, sporting and otherwise. We’ve seen them throw fish in the market in Seattle, throw out the first pitch at places like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, and practice playing baseball or American football with the team in whatever city their camp is in. One of the few sports in the US that can match the passion and intensity of European club soccer is college football. This past weekend, ... Read more

USWNT TV ratings for 2015-19 averaged 929K on US English-language television

With the final TV numbers from the US Women’s National Team’s victory over the Netherlands at the Women’s World Cup now available, it’s time to take a look at the TV ratings for the full World Cup cycle for the USWNT, as we did several months ago for the USA men’s team. On a year to year basis, the USWNT TV ratings have been somewhat volatile. In 2015, the WNT averaged 2,522,400 viewers per game for 25 games (though the data included here only uses the last nine games of 2015, as that’s when the most recent cycle started). In ... Read more

USMNT Coach Gregg Berhalter is in over his head after Gold Cup loss

Photo credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports Sunday was going to be a full day of celebration for soccer fans in the US. The USWNT was playing in the Women’s World Cup Final against the Netherlands and was expected to defend their title. Once the evening rolled around, the USMNT would play Mexico in an attempt to defend their Gold Cup crown. The day got off to a perfect start with the USWNT defeating the Dutch 2-0 to win their fourth Women’s World Cup title. But after that it was all downhill as the US fell to Mexico 1-0 in the ... Read more