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 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?
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
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