No. Plain and simple: No. Let’s put this game in context before we call for the heads of everyone and anyone who has been associated with the USMNT in the past 5 years. Now, if we leave this tournament 0-3 or even 1-2 we will be having a different conversation, but, for now, let’s not … More USMNT: Time to Panic? No (not yet).
Sunday, March 27, 2016 Potosí, Rivas, Nicaragua Let me start by saying that Friday night Guatemala masterfully executed a simple, yet practical, game plan: play harder than your opponent for 90 minutes and wait for them to make mistakes. They were aware of their advantages, namely the hostile atmosphere… And they seemed keenly aware of … More A Defining Moment for U.S. Soccer
by Chris Rios The Yanks cannot seem to catch a break when it comes to the weather… it was a scorching 95 degrees fahrenheit in Baltimore before kick off on Saturday, but the heat did not matter as “The Klinsmann Experiment” finally produced a tasteful result. If you missed the match, here are the full highlights provided … More U.S. vs. Cuba: Hat Trick for Deuce and a Collective Sigh of Relief for the Yanks
by Chris Rios We are off to the knockout stage of the Gold Cup! Well, we shouldn’t celebrate much because 3/4 of the teams advanced out of the group stage, and the average FIFA rank of the teams eliminated was 96 (yes, I did the math). So let’s not pat ourselves on the back for doing … More CONCACAF Gold Cup Knockout Stage Preview, Power Rankings, and Predictions
by Chris Rios Three hours before kick off. It’s 97 degrees Fahrenheit (that’s 36 Celsius for the Brits). I had arrived early to secure close seats in the general admission section, South Stands of Sporting Park in Kansas City. I was ready to watch Clint Dempsey, Fabian Johnson, Aron Jóhannssen, and more on the pitch less than 30 feet in front … More CONCACAF Gold Cup, US v. Panama: The “Klinsmann Experiment”? Is There a Method To the Madness?
After Mexico’s 6-0 thrashing of Cuba, I think all U.S. fans were ready for a dominant performance of our own. I texted my good friend Tunde before the game, “If we don’t win by 4 today I’ll be pissed.” Well, we didn’t win by 4, actually, I would argue we barely outplayed our opponent, but … More USA v. Haiti Gold Cup Review: Gyasi Zardes, the Bright Spot in another Unconvincing Result
First of all, welcome back to For the Game. We have finally (and barely) received our undergrad degrees and now have time to focus our attention on what matters most: the beautiful game of futbol. It’s been an entire year since LD… Klinsmann.. and the Yanks traveled to the jungle of Brazil and back again in the 2014 World Cup. The … More CONCACAF Gold Cup: 3 Thoughts on USA v. Honduras
By Chris Rios The World Cup has finally come to a close with the German Machine ending Messi’s dream run, and now it’s time to turn our attention to domestic soccer, but the big news in MLS has not been about the Americans but the international footballers the league is attracting. … More Villa and Kaka to the MLS… but why?
2014 World Cup All-Star Team Starting XI Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (Germany) Defenders Phillipp Lahm (Germany) Thiago Silva (Brazil) Vincent Company (Belgium) David Luiz (Brazil) Midfielders James Rodriguez (Columbia) Javier Mascherano (Argentina) Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands) Forwards Neymar Jr. (Brazil) Thomas Mueller (Germany) Leonel Messi (Argentina) Bench Tim Howard (USA)- GK Guillermo Ochoa (Mexico)- GK Arjen Robben … More 2014 World Cup All-Star Team and the Biggest Disappointments
December 6, 2013 “And to join Germany, Portugal and Ghana in group G (crowd pauses)… The United States of America!” Jaw drop. This can’t be. That was the reaction of every US soccer fan when the United States was drawn into group G along with powerhouse Germany, Portugal and CR7, and their World Cup kyrptonite, Ghana. To … More To Brazil and Back: A Roller Coaster Ride with the U. S. of A.