World Cup Qualifying: Rounding up the situation in every confederation

International breaks come hard and fast at the start of the league Calendar. There has been one every month as the World Cup Qualifying landscape has begun to take shape. Now that November is halfway done, and qualifying is now taking a break until March, it’s worth looking at some of the major storylines from […]

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 […]

USA vs. Mexico isn’t as one sided as it used to be

For the last 20 years, the CONCACAF region has been owned by the Untied States and Mexico. When discussing the best teams in the region, those two are in a class of their own. Even though the two teams haven’t met in a Gold Cup final since 2011, it still comes as a surprise when one […]

Don’t blame Jurgen Klinsmann for the loss to Mexico

One afternoon last week I was speaking with a friend when he all of a sudden asked, “am I crazy or would a 3-5-2 with Fabian Johnson and DeAndre Yedlin as wing backs be perfect for the USMNT?” After thinking it over for a minute I responded with something along the lines of it’s actually […]

CONCACAF ruined this years Hex schedule

On Friday, the eyes of all USMNT and El Tri fans will be on Columbus, Ohio as the US gets set to open up the final hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, or as it’s better known, the Hex. The World Cup qualifier against Mexico is considered the biggest “home” USMNT match that gets […]

Let’s forget about ‘Dos a Cero’

Dos a Cero. The Spanish phrase that means “two to zero.” I’m assuming that if you clicked on this post, and are therefore a visitor of 32 Flags, the phrase has meaning to you. It’s the magical phrase signifying the scoreline for the last four US home World Cup qualifying matches against Mexico as well […]

Where should U.S. Soccer play their home World Cup qualifiers

As expected, it didn’t take long for U.S. Soccer to announce that the USMNT opening game in the Hex against Mexico would be played in Columbus, Ohio. After all, that’s where the U.S. has played Mexico since 2001 and they seem to always win by a famous scoreline that you may have heard of. But U.S. Soccer […]

Who might Jurgen Klinsmann call up for the USMNT upcoming friendlies

Heading in to the next international break USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann finds himself in a very unique position. With the next round of World Cup qualifying not starting until November, Klinsmann has an interesting choice to make on who he calls up to the national team for the teams upcoming friendlies in October. On the […]

The second Gold Cup should become a U23 tournament

If there’s one thing that we learned this summer it’s that international summer soccer tournaments are amazing. Sure we already knew that thanks to the World Cup, but with the Euro’s and Copa America going full throttle for most of the month of June it just served as a nice reminder. Of course there is […]

USMNT falls short, Colombia wins third place in Copa America

The United States Men’s national team fought bravely and were close on many occasions to score, but they lacked the final touch in the opponent’s third of the pitch and were done in by a Carlos Bacca goal to fall to Colombia 1-0 in the Copa America third place match. In front of 29,000 people […]

The biggest surprises of the Copa America Centenario Group Stage

The Copa America Centenario has been one of the most surprising Copa Americas in history. It has brought surprise teams which pundits and experts thought had no chance of advancing, and inversely there have been teams that have disappointed in a very big way. There have been players that really stepped it up and others that […]