Tag: Jozy Altidore

USMNT Must Avoid A Letdown After Their Promising World Cup

Usually in football when your recent form is two draws and two losses, questions start to be asked of the manager in question. But with the current US National Team, surprisingly that’s not the case. In a sport that is usually so trigger happy, Jurgen Klinsmann has skated while his team has suffered. Now this isn’t the same sort of situation that Mexico faced during the 2013 Hex, but the seeds of past problems are beginning to sow their roots again. How can Klinsmann and this US National Team avoid the same Second Cycle Syndrome that stymied Bruce Arena and ... Read more

Sunderland’s August-September Progress Report

Sunderland have enjoyed a mixed start to the Premier League season thus far with Gus Poyet’s men sitting in a worrying 15th position in the table despite having earned draws against Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United as well as Tottenham Hotspur in recent weeks. Unfortunately these two excellent results have had their respective gloss taken off them due to the fact Sunderland are still without a win this season. Despite Poyet’s promises of more flamboyant football this term, there is still yet to be a return on this promise. Although the hugely exciting signing of Ricky Alvarez on-loan from Inter ... Read more

USMNT Who’s Who: September 2014 Camp

Due to a variety of factors, United States men’s national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann has had to dig deep into the ranks of Europe-based US national team players or potential players. Major League Soccer’s odd and controversial schedule meant that they don’t honor FIFA international breaks for friendly matches, and therefore are unlikely to release key players during such a crucial point in the season. Klinsmann has had his say on this matter, but in effect his hands are tied and he has taken the opportunity to call up many lesser known youngsters based in Europe. It’s unfortunate that the ... Read more

Don’t Sleep On The Tyne-Wear Derby Between Sunderland and Newcastle

For most Premier League viewers in the US, this week’s version of ‘Super Sunday’ is all about the matchup between big money clubs, Chelsea and Manchester City. There are actually four other BPL matches on Sunday, two of them are on at the same time as Chelsea-City: Tottenham-Hull City and Swansea City-West Ham United. It’s safe to say these matches will have a significantly smaller viewing audience. But the first match of the day on Super Sunday is the only one in its time slot, the Tyne-Wear Derby. The kick-off between Sunderland and Newcastle United is scheduled for 9:30am EST (6:30am ... Read more

U.S. vs. Mexico World Cup Qualifying Preview: 4 Talking Points and 3 Keys to Victory

After disappointing losses on Friday for both the United States and Mexico, the two sworn enemies come face to face Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio in a FIFA World Cup Qualifying game where both teams will want to win for very different reasons. Here’s what has changed since last week: 1. U.S. Knocked Down A Peg– There were never going to be any easy points to grab in Costa Rica for the US on Friday. But the way the US lost was a little shocking. They came out flat. Costa Rica grabbed control early, and they never looked back. But ... Read more

Klinsmann Unveils His First USMNT Roster

The U.S. v. Mexico rematch friendly is less than a week away, and today Jurgen Klinsmann unveiled his first list of call-ups as the head coach for the national team.  The Mexico friendly comes at a tricky time for the U.S., as the bigger European leagues are kicking off this month and Klinsmann might have hesitated to call-up players overseas in these leagues.  Mexico will also be missing key players, and with their national team having played in both the Gold Cup and Copa America this summer, they may use the opportunity to rotate eligible players. Nevertheless, the roster has ... Read more

Here is Who Should Really Make the Gold Cup Team

Photo by C.A.M. Stephans By now you have probably heard the Bob Bradley deadline of May 23 to announce his call-ups for the U.S. National Team. This is a critical call-up, as not only will these players play in the 2011 Gold Cup but also in the friendly versus Spain.  As such, Bob Bradley will likely go the opposite of Camp Cupcake and take a veteran lineup to Foxborough. But should he?  What should be the goals of the US Men’s National Team, June 2011 edition?  I’d argue the following should be the goals of Bob Bradley’s squad, in this ... Read more

Week in Review: February 8-13, 2011

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  With the Egyptian friendly canceled, it was a slow week in American soccer.  MLS clubs are playing pre-season matches against youth clubs, colleges, and each other, and the season is less than one month away.  Besides the schedule release last week, here are some other news items flying under the radar: Real Salt Lake were the big winners this weekend as they acquired former Wake Forest striker Cody Arnoux in an MLS weighted lottery.  Arnoux scored over 30 goals in his collegiate career and went overseas after graduation, playing for the Everton youth team and a ... Read more