What have we learned from the USMNT this winter?

Bruce Arena’s first two matches as manager of the United States national team have concluded, and there are decidedly mixed opinions on his and the team’s performance. For some, 0-0 and 1-0 results against C and B level Serbia and Jamaica is simply not enough, while for others, the incremental progress seen throughout the MLS-filled […]

USMNT fails to make a statement in Bruce Arena’s first game back

First of all, let me be clear about something. Of all the non-important friendlies the USMNT plays over the course of a four year cycle, none of them are less important than the two annual January friendlies. There was no outcome to the USMNT’s match against Serbia that could have proved Bruce Arena is the […]

USMNT face Serbia in Bruce Arena’s comeback as manager

Sunday’s U.S. vs. Serbia friendly will present a welcome sight for many U.S. Men’s National Team fans, a manager other than Jurgen Klinsmann patrolling the American touchline. Bruce Arena will manage his first game as USMNT coach since he was fired in 2006. Klinsmann was axed after bombing two crucial November World Cup qualifiers and following years […]

U.S. Soccer should distance itself from MLS

Whether you like it or not, U.S. Soccer and MLS are always linked together, often times as one entity. This of course, is not true. U.S. Soccer is a governing body, they run the national team as well as nearly every league from the youth level on up. MLS is a professional league, sanctioned by […]

Breaking down Bruce Arena’s January camp USMNT roster

Bruce Arena has called in his first set of players as manager of the US national team. 32 MLS players will attend his January training camp (all European and Mexican based players are busy with their clubs) prior to friendlies against Serbia and Jamaica. You can see the official release on the US Soccer website. […]

How have the Americans fared in the first half of the Bundesliga season

The Bundesliga has wrapped up for the Calendar year and while there is much to discuss heading into the new year, we want to focus on all the American talent plying their trade in one of the world’s best leagues. From Christian Pulisic’s rise to superstardom to Julian Green’s search for minutes, here is a […]

Watch: Bob Bradley gets first Premier League win in wild shootout

It has not been an easy start to life in the Premier League for American manager Bob Bradley. Bradley took over Swansea City during the international break at the start of October, but heading in to Thanksgiving weekend, he was still searching for his first Premier League win. This weekend provided Bradley with a good […]

U.S. Soccer takes eight steps back with Bruce Arena hire

There’s no question that U.S. Soccer’s firing of Jurgen Klinsmann was justified. Even the staunchest Klinsmann supporter will admit that (and believe me, I very well might be the staunchest Jurgen supporter out there). But to hire Bruce Arena as his replacement not only solves none of the issues that Klinsmann has been criticized for, but it will […]

Jurgen Klinsmann wasn’t a perfect coach, but his firing was shortsighted

The news that Jurgen Klinsmann was relieved of his coaching and development duties with the U.S. Men’s National Team isn’t a great surprise. Klinsmann’s seat has become hotter and hotter ever since the 2014 World Cup. A disastrous start to the most recent round of World Cup Qualifying seems to have sealed the German’s fate. Sunil […]

USMNT gets embarrassed in 4-0 loss to Costa Rica

It was never supposed to be easy when the United States traveled to Costa Rica, but it wasn’t supposed to go like this either. The US travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica having never won a World Cup qualifier there, posting an 0-8-1 record in nine previous attempts. Nevertheless optimism was high that on the […]

Watch: Costa Rica strike right before halftime on the US

Once again it was an ugly first half for the USMNT. When you go into Costa Rica you know the conditions aren’t going to be great, and though this isn’t the old Saprissa Stadium, the field conditions left a lot to be desired. Players were slipping left and right in the first half for the […]

Three keys for the US in World Cup qualifier against Costa Rica

The United States finish November’s international break with a game in Costa Rica after their horrendous home match against Mexico on Friday. Los Ticos are the third-best side in CONCACAF and traditionally provide a tough atmosphere in World Cup qualifying, so this will be nearly as tough as the Mexico game. All we can hope […]