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 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 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 Tunde Demuren U.S Soccer fandom is a confusing experience. Supporting the women’s team is my rare chance to share the mindset of a San Antonio Spurs fan; the expected obliteration of all opposition coupled with utter disappointment at anything less. Case in point, the USWNT just ended a great tournament run in the Women’s World Cup … More Why the USWNT is the Best in the World While the USMNT is Not Even in the Top 25
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
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
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