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
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