Category: Robbie Findley

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

Tactically, the US Need DaMarcus Beasley

The last time many of us saw DaMarcus Beasley, his miss on a corner launched a Brazilian counter-attack that led to the eventual trouncing of the US in the group phase of the Confederations Cup.  It was the culmination of a number of mediocre and lackluster performances from him in the national team shirt, which was the only shirt he was wearing due to his lack of play at his club Rangers in Scotland. Fast forward to this December which sees Beasley inserted back in to the starting line up and producing. In five games he’s given Rangers 2 goals ... Read more

Random Thoughts on the MLS Cup

After that cesspool of a result in Paris on Wednesday, it is nice to turn our attention to a league where the sportsmen are pure, the referees are beyond reproach and the game is always played with a spirit of manly honor – the MLS.  Or something like that. Sunday’s game will feature the best team in the west this season against the best team in the west right now.  The Galaxy may have had the better season, but Real Salt Lake has put all the pieces together when it matters most.  Some random thoughts….. Real Salt Lake has yet ... Read more

Bob Bradley: Proactivity or Cynical Call Ups?

Thanks to FIFA’s rules and the poaching of players nations such as France and Mexico have engaged in lately, more focus and emphasis than ever has been placed on players eligible to play for more than one nation recently. Obviously the United States has previously depended on naturalized players like Earnie Stewart, Tom Dooley, Hugo Perez and even the forgotten Brian Quinn and David Regis, but recently the US has become more defensive in stopping other nations from poaching players developed here at home. Giuseppe Rossi, Edgar Castillio and Nevan Subotic are the representatives of a worrying trend in domestic ... Read more

Findley Hat Trick, NYC USL, Weekend TV

Robbie Findley became the latest Alexi Lalas reject to scorch MLS with a hat trick last night at Rio Tinto Stadium in RSL’s 4-1 win over Columbus.  Findley has been capped once for the United States against Switzerland in a friendly back in October 2007. When I attempted to ask Findley last year at RSL training about his choice to play for the US over Trinidad and Tobago he told me he’d rather discuss Salt Lake.Good choice, and he’s a very pleasant up and coming attacker. But I have to ask an honest yet cynical question: Having been burned by ... Read more