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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 has a brighter future: the USMNT or England?

Following the 2014 World Cup, I was speaking with a bunch of my friends from London about our respective teams performances at the tournament. As we discussed how impressive the Americans were, and how predictably poor England were, it became clear. For the first time ever it looked as if the USMNT was in a […]

The Copa America Centenario Draw was certainly something

If you were expecting the broadcast of the Copa America Centenario draw to kick off and get right down to business, well then this was probably the first live draw for a major FIFA tournament you’ve ever watched. Right from the get go we were treated to talks of ticket sales and some pointless musical […]

Which players should be afraid of being dropped from the USMNT

In preparation for the CONCACAF Cup, USMNT manager Jurgen Klinsmann named a veteran heavy squad for the US’s match against Mexico. The move signaled that this match was about winning now, not about developing any players for the future. Prior to the match, Klinsmann stressed how important this match was and that certain players would […]

Hope Solo faces domestic violence charges after court reversal

Women’s World Cup champion Hope Solo will again face domestic violence charges from allegedly beating up her half-sister and nephew. In a report on ESPNW by Mark Fainaru-Wada of ESPN, Solo faces charges after a state appeals court overturned the decision by a lower court to dismiss her case. Last night, Solo started for Seattle Reign […]

Chair of FIFA reform committee on American soccer: “it’s just an ethnic sport (and) for girls in schools.”

The man pictured above is Francois Carrard. He is the former Director General of the International Olympic Committee and is now the independent chair of FIFA’s Reform Committee, tasked to make changes within FIFA amid the corruption scandal. In an interview, he gave this thoughts on how Sepp Blatter has been treated following the scandal […]