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
It has taken me almost a week away from caring about the World Cup anymore to write this article. It took me almost that long before I could possibly read all of the outpouring of journalism berating or making fun of the Brazilian soccer team, that long even to read Englishman Henry Winter’s beautiful Telegraph … More Brazilian Soccer: Mourning Today, Morning Tomorrow
There are two types of football, prose and poetry. European teams are prose, tough, premeditated, systematic, collective. Latin American ones are poetry, ductile, spontaneous, individual, erotic. -Italian artist and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini What a World Cup final! Remarkable in its dullness. Intense in the sense that we kept waiting for the intensity to pick … More Fútbol Culture: The World Cup Final and The Not So Beautiful Game
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
Watch this: This is one of those moments like Kevin Durant’s beautifully delivered 2014 NBA MVP acceptance speech where no matter what fans think about an individual athlete, we feel immense respect. Neymar is a very good soccer player but the young Brazilian is an even better competitor. His post-injury video message overflows with emotion. … More The Joy and Sorrow of the People: Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior
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.
It has taken me a full two days of work since the U.S. soccer team’s elimination from the World Cup for me to be able to process and rationally analyze what transpired over a few weeks in Brazil. In short, I really wished we had played better. The positive, cheery, we-should-still-be-so-happy attitude toward our performance, … More Hurts So Good: The State of U.S. Soccer
Imagine this: You’ve played intense soccer for over two hours, you’re a little injured, and it’s your turn to take a penalty kick. It’s just you and the goalie and the ball between you. If you make it, your team might win. If you miss it you probably lose. And, oh wait, the dreams and hopes … More Catching Fire: Neymar is Hungry
We are ready. This nation and this team are ready for today’s monumental matchup against the powerhouse juggernaut that is Germany. Everyone knows what the pundits will say before the match. Everyone knows roughly what the line on the game is. Nate Silver, the God of statistics, gives us a 15% chance of winning, but … More We can Draw or Lose and…F*ck it: Beat Germany