Category: US National Team

Comparing US Soccer ticket prices to other national teams and sports

A crowd of 17,489 fans filled the LA Galaxy’s stadium last week to see the USWNT win the 2020 CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament by crushing Canada 3-0. The big crowd was a welcome sight after so many anemic attendances for recent USWNT and USMNT matches.  For example, the Houston Dynamo’s stadium was a vast sea of blazing orange seats two weeks ago when only 7,082 fans showed up to see the USWNT earn first place in their Olympic Qualifying group with a 6-0 win over Costa Rica. A cozy crowd of 9,172 showed up at the Galaxy’s South Bay ... Read more

USMNT should choose from these 19 overlooked US cities for home games

While attendances for home US Men’s National Team (USMNT) games have been on the decline for several years due to exorbitant ticket prices and a lack of belief in the national team, there may be one factor that the US Soccer Federation is overlooking that could give the men’s team a boost — the home stadiums that they’re selecting. Since October 2014 when the USMNT played its first home game following the World Cup in Brazil, the team has played 68 games on home soil. During that time, 75% of those matches (51 to be exact) have been played in the ... Read more

USA vs. Costa Rica preview: New faces and a glimmer of hope for the future

Despite what Gregg Berhalter, Earnie Stewart, and Carlos Cordeiro have tried to tell US fans, 2019 was a resounding disappointment for the USMNT.   A trio of ugly friendly losses to Jamaica, Venezuela, and Mexico, failing to win the Gold Cup, and then losing to Canada for the first time since Ronald Reagan was president do not constitute a successful calendar year.  Nor were any of the wins anything to write home about: a Guyana team ranked 177th in the world, a typical rock fight 1-0 result against Panama, a 1-0 win over Curacao (in which the US was outplayed, out-hustled, outshot, and ... Read more

Ranking the most-watched USMNT games on TV during 2019

Attendance for the USMNT is down for the fourth straight year. But on the bright side, viewing numbers are up for one important metric: English-language TV ratings. The numbers did increase for three major reasons. One was the fact that the US went to the Gold Cup Final (but still lost to Mexico). Second, the US played Mexico twice in the same year. And third, it was the first time the US Men’s National Team had played actual competitive games that mattered in 18 months. Ratings were up for the US in 2019 over 2018. While the ratings were up ... Read more

USMNT attendances decline for fourth year in a row; Worst since 2006

One of the biggest reasons why it was so important for US Soccer to make the correct coaching decision back in 2018 was because the morale among the USMNT fan base was so low. They needed something to look forward to and a reason to return to games. But with the hire of Gregg Berhalter, US fans got neither of those things. At best, the US Men’s National Team performance on the field in 2019 was mediocre against teams that weren’t ranked in the bottom half in the world. And against Mexico in September 2019, it was downright ugly when ... Read more

Cuba vs. USA preview: USMNT fans still have a lack of belief in this team

Friday’s game against Canada ended up being a 4-1 win for the US in front of a sparse crowd at Exploria Stadium in Orlando. While it was certainly welcoming to get back in the win column and be in good shape to advance to the next round of the Nations League (barring disaster in the Caribbean, which as we’ve seen before is no sure thing), it really doesn’t change much of anything. Despite most of the recaps and takes after the game trumpeting the US’ return to regional dominance and proclamations of everything being alright again the reality is that ... Read more

USA vs. Canada preview: Gregg Berhalter faces must-win game to save USMNT job

If there was any doubt that despair had set in and disaster had befallen the US Men’s National Team (USMNT), then last month’s loss to Canada served to remove all doubt. There was not a single positive to take from it. Gregg Berhalter inexplicably subbed out Christian Pulisic who then wanted nothing to do with his manager. Berhalter then compounded his errors (he’s very good at doing that) and failed to go greet the traveling supporters after the game. He lied to the media about why Pulisic was subbed out, saying he had the flu (Pulisic said that was not ... Read more

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