Category: FIFA Confederations Cup

Fort Lauderdale Strikers 0-4 Cruzeiro: Friendly Overshadowed by Brazilian Protesters and Anti-FIFA Message

A nice crowd at Lockhart Stadium in addition to a national television audience on Univision Deportes witnessed Cruzeiro’s 4-0 friendly win over NASL outfit Fort Lauderdale Strikers. But the real story wasn’t the match but the continued growth of the protest movement in Brazil and how ex-pats in the United States feel about it. Dozens of signs filled the Lockhart crowd including the one above showing sympathy with the protesters that have taken to the streets in Brazilian cities since the beginning of the Confederations Cup. Speaking to fans in the crowd two sentiments stuck out above all else. The ... Read more

Top 5 Highlights of American Soccer in 2009

Jozy Altidore Against Spain at Confederations Cup As promised last week, here are my highlights from 2009 in American Soccer, in no particular order: U.S. National Team Beats Spain in Confederations Cup Semi-Finals: On June 24, 2009, in the Semi-Finals of the Confederations Cup, the U.S. National Team, which barely advanced out of the group stage, managed a stunning 2-0 victory over Spain, the winners of Euro 2008. Going into this match, Spain was sitting in the top place in the FIFA rankings and was looking to keep alive its 35 match unbeaten streak. Spain ended up making the biggest ... Read more

Want To Grow Soccer In The US: It Takes Honest Criticism Not A Pollyanna Approach

Labor Day has come and gone, the sun is setting earlier, and, even here in Houston, the air contains a slight fall crispness. Yes, the Summer of Soccer is over, and what an interesting summer it has been. Back on Father’s Day, like a Phoenix, the US National Team rose from the ashes of its first two group stage matches in the Confederations Cup to advance to the semifinals where it shocked the football world by easily beating Spain, which was ranked by FIFA as the top national team at the time. It was this victory over Spain that grabbed ... Read more

Reliving the 2003 Gold Cup Semifinal

The 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal in Miami featured a rematch of a Confederations Cup group game from a month earlier. Brazil and the United States had varying approaches to this tournament: The USA wanted to win the event and again qualify for the Confederations Cup while Brazil was bloodletting a promising group of youngsters who have since become household names. As I sat in the lower bowl, of Miami’s since demolished Orange Bowl, the crowd of over 35,000 was fairly split. As always Brazil had fans, but it seemed more Colombians and Peruvians had turned out to root against ... Read more

FIFA Confederations Cup: Full Coverage

At Major League Soccer Talk we pride ourselves on the having the most comprehensive coverage of the US Men’s National Teams. For over two years we’ve covered the National Team more closely than just about any other website around. Below are the links to our extensive written and audio coverage of Wednesday’s “Miracle on Grass,” and Sunday’s heartbreaking championship loss to Brazil. Please check back in this space for the latest updates. US-BRAZIL POSTGAME Kartik Krishnaiyer: US Depth Chart, 23 Decisions for Bradley Daniel Feuerstein: Clint Dempsey Has Returned to Form Daniel Feuerstein: Second Half Was Hard To Swallow US ... Read more

USA Vs Brazil: Second Half Was A Tough Pill To Swallow

I am gutted, exhausted, disappointed and further more my pride has been bruised and battered. I honestly thought after the first half ended that there was a slight chance of the boys to put on another solid performence against another top ten side and yell at the top of my lungs that our National Team has finally earned a giant victory in a FIFA competition. But once again Brazil has shown that you can’t count them out. Those men wearing their lemon shirts always finds a way to dig out of a hole and celebrate a title. But take nothing away ... Read more

US 2-3 Brazil: Heartbreak

Dunga got his tactical changes right in the second half and Bob Bradley didn’t adequately make tactical changes to counter the Brazilians. Bradley’s tactics and subs resembled the scared, conservative changes of the last two qualifiers and the first two group games of this event instead of confident superior coaching he demonstrated in the last week. Bradley deserves praise for the US run but his propensity to favor players he coached at the club level such as Sacha Kljestan remains a major shortcoming of his management style. Bradley will be the US manager for the World Cup in 2010 and ... Read more

Confederations Cup Final: Not Simply a Game

The US National Team often times has to fight a two front war for recognition: the first is against an indifferent domestic sporting press and the second is against a downright hostile foreign football press. As the US fights for respect in the football world, and with it the ability to move American players to better clubs, results are important but the way we play is perhaps more so. The American press and sporting culture is results driven. For that segment of skeptic that has suddenly discovered football in the last 72 hours, the US must win today’s final against ... Read more