2016 has looked very different from 2015 for the USMNT thus far. 2015 was one of the worst years in recent memory for the team. About a year ago, the U.S. put together a string of uninspiring performances against weak competition in the Gold Cup before getting unceremoniously knocked out of the tourney in the … More The State of the USMNT
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 Tunde Demuren It’s finally here! The match we have all been waiting for since USA unceremoniously exited the Gold Cup in the semifinal stage against underdog Jamaica and Mexico won the competition after a series of controversial results. Given the rivalry and the stakes of the match (a 2017 Confederations Cup berth), this match … More USA v. Mexico CONCACAF Cup Preview
By Tunde Demuren and Jake Montgomery In a summer full of soccer (Women’s World Cup, Copa America, etc.) that has kept fans satisfied while waiting for the new seasons of European league soccer to begin, we have finally neared the end, with the Gold Cup semifinals taking place Wednesday night. The favorites, U.S. and Mexico, advanced to … More Gold Cup Semifinals Preview: A Focus on U.S. and Mexico
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
By Tunde Demuren Everyone’s favorite world cup coach, Mexico’s Miguel Herrera, is back, this time on the hot seat as his team has gone winless in their past 7 matches. Recently, Mexico has failed to recapture their World Cup form, as they have struggled in international friendlies and the Copa America (albeit they fielded a B squad for … More CONCACAF Gold Cup Review: 3 Thoughts on Mexico v. Cuba