USMNT/International

United States Defeat Guadeloupe & Advance Despite Dempsey Horror Show [VIDEO]

For me the story was simply against Guadeloupe for the USMNT: Clint Dempsey delivered one of the great disasters in US Soccer history.  After missing two point-blank headers in front of open nets, Dempsey did something that’s difficult to capture in words.  So I’ll let Grant Wahl do it: A pass from Alejandro Bedoya left … Read more

Gold Cup Quarterfinals Set

The full schedule for the knockouts this coming weekend is now set. Saturday New Meadowlands, East Rutherford, NJ 500 pm EST – Costa Rica v. Hunduras  (TeleFutura) 800 pm EST – Mexico v. Guatemala (Univision) Sunday RFK, Washington D.C. 300 pm EST – Jamaica v. United States (Univision & Fox Soccer, I guess) 600 pm EST – Panama v. … Read more

Commentary: US Needs to Hammer Guadeloupe, Move on to Knockouts

The United States men’s soccer team doesn’t earn Sam’s Army brownie points for beating Guadeloupe in Kansas City on Tuesday night.  Beating a country that no one knows is a country and holds about as many people as North Jersey is not something that keeps a manager in the most important position in US soccer or … Read more

The Panama Loss: Bob Bradley’s Demise or a Wake-Up Call For the United States? [VIDEO]

The United States won their World Cup group, a group that included a ballyhooed England side and the feisty combination of Slovenia and Algeria.  They won the group and chased Ghana into extra time.  That same collection of U.S. talent now no longer has destiny in their own hands to win their Gold Cup group … Read more

Commentary: US Defeat of Canada Raised Several Important Questions [VIDEO]

The United States did not dominate Canada, as some bloggers around the internet have insinuated.  The United States scored twice: a Jozy Altidore strike that 80% of keepers in the world save and a flash of Clint Dempsey brilliance that was borderline un-savable.  (Carlos Bocanegra also missed a point-blank strike.)  The Canadians did not score … Read more

Brad Friedel Joins Tottenham [VIDEO]

He is my favorite soccer player in the world.  He joins Spurs, thus so do I.  This also marks the end of the road, I presume, for Howlerio Gomes and his comic antics in net. And here is my favorite play in football history.  

Commentary: 7 Questions the USMNT Might Answer Against Spain Saturday

It is difficult to put much stake in an international friendly of any sort.  But the USMNT now faces a unified Spain side, having borne the brunt of the El Clasico madness.  Spain will bring it’s A team and play with the memory of a shocking 2009 Confederations Cup loss at the frontal portion of … Read more

A Closer Look at Bob Bradley’s United States Gold Cup Roster

There wasn’t a great deal of drama in the lead-up to Bob Bradley’s announcement of his Gold Cup roster.  (For the tournament’s full schedule, click here.)  For those of you who don’t know, this summer’s Gold Cup winner is guaranteed a spot in the 2013 Confederations Cup – the finest international World Cup tune-up out … Read more

Lord Triesman Attempting to Take Down Jack Warner, FIFA Corruption [VIDEO]

None of it should surprise anyone. But here is video of his pointed criticism of Jack Warner.