Summer of Soccer: Copa America Centenario Preview

Welcome to the summer of soccer. With the European Championship starting in a few weeks, it is time to preview the other big tournament of the summer: the Copa America Centenario. 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of its inception, and as a result, more teams were able to qualify for the special edition of the South American giant. This means more

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11 breakout stars for USMNT in 2016

2016 is a massive year for the United States Men’s National Team simply because it is the stepping stone for the future. World Cup qualifiers continue to get more intense and the US is hosting the centennial anniversary of the Copa America. Messi, Neymar, James Rodriguez and a host of other stars will take center stage this summer. The team

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MLS Cup 2015 Preview

Sunday’s MLS Cup between Columbus Crew vs Portland Timbers was the final that fans really were not expecting. But nonetheless, these two made it through and now it’s time to show who is the best in MLS. Let’s break it down by positions. Goalkeepers: Columbus Crew’s keeper, Steve Clark, has not been tested too much in the playoffs, until the

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Better MLS doesn’t mean better USMNT

Over the last six or seven years, Major League Soccer has gradually gained in popularity and put out a better product. Unlike the MLS, the US Men’s National Team grew exponentially more in skill, popularity, and reputation in that same time period. Tim Howard (The US Secretary of Defense), Clint Dempsey, the prime years of Landon Donovan and the rise

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US soccer fans: stop complaining about Klinsmann

When Jurgen Klinsmann was hired as Head Coach and Technical Director of the United States Men’s National Team in 2011, supporters of the Stars And Stripes were understandably excited. Soccer’s growing popularity in the United States had left fans crying out for a coach who could implement an attractive style of play. Klinsmann’s live-wire energy, devotion to young talent, and desire

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What to Take from the USMNT’s Loss to Jamaica

I am just as shell shocked about this as the rest of you are. I am not at all happy about the result, to put it lightly. This was not supposed to be a tough game. Although very capable, this was not a particularly talented Jamaican team compared to some of the teams the US has faced in recent memory. Some

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United States Player Ratings vs Haiti

Despite grinding out a 1-0 win versus a tricky Haitian side and topping their group, the United States continued their slow start to the 2015 Gold Cup. Jurgen Klinsmann made seven changes to the starting lineup from the side that faced Honduras in the tournament opener, and the lack of chemistry was evident throughout. While the Stars and Stripes dominated

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When Will the United States Produce a World Class Soccer Player?

About once a year, I read an article that laments the fact that the United States Men’s National Team would be the best in the world if our top athletes played soccer. The authors simultaneously criticize the lack of player development while rattling off names of nations with smaller populations that possess better players. While all of this is true,

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Life, Liberty, and the Great American Keeper

There are few certainties when it comes to international soccer. Teams may perform above or below their capabilities in a World Cup (ex: Costa Rica and Spain respectively). Individual players may carry their teams on their backs, or drag them down into the depths of obscurity. Despite all of these continually changing variables, one constant remains: the United States Men’s

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USMNT Earns Timely Win Against Panama

The USMNT found a much-needed win against CONCACAF rival, Panama on Sunday, defeating them 2-0 in front of 20,271 fans in Carson, California. Even with the match labeled as a friendly, the U.S. desperately needed a win to help finish out their long and grueling training stint for the past three weeks. Now that camp and the two international friendlies

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