USMNT Players Staying in MLS a Good Sign for American Soccer

Graham Zusi and Matt Besler (Sporting KC) and Omar Gonzalez (LA Galaxy), USMNT, MLS

Today Graham Zusi and Matt Besler both announced that they were staying with Sporting Kansas City with new, long-term contracts. Six weeks ago not many people might have noticed, but that was before the World Cup poked the sleeping giant […]

Americans Might Be Reacting Too Positively To Chris Wondolowski’s Miss

Chris Wondolowski misses a shot against Belgium World Cup 2014

In the final moments of the match between the United States and Belgium, Chris Wondolowski had a shot that would have given the Americans the win. There would have been no extra time. Tim Howard would have had fewer saves. […]

USMNT World Cup Success Could Prove Double-Edged Sword for MLS

Clint Dempsey, Seattle Sounders, MLS

When the United States took the field against Germany for the final Group G game in the 2014 World Cup, seven of their 11 players were from America’s domestic league, Major League Soccer (MLS). For years American soccer fans have asked […]

2014 World Cup: Prepare to Hear a Lot of Jozy Altidore Whispers This Weekend

Jozy Altidore jogging with USMNT Friday before game against Belgium, World Cup 2014

Before the World Cup started, coach Jurgen Klinsmann said that if we could survive against Ghana, Portugal and Germany, then we’d be prepared for anything. The United States have advanced out of the Group of Death, and now anything seems […]

2014 World Cup: American Fans Need to Come to Grips With Deserving to Win

20,000 Fans in Grant Park Chicago React to Portugal Tying the USMNT During World Cup 2014

American fans have needed several hours to parse out exactly how they feel about Portugal‘s buzzer-beating tie against the United States on Sunday. The USMNT held the mighty Cristiano Ronaldo scoreless, but they puked up a goal in the first five […]

World Cup 2014: Messi’s Goal Against Iran Could Impact USA

Lionel Messi and Argentina vs Iran, World Cup 2014

Most Americans watching Argentina vs Iran probably didn’t feel much of a rooting interest (unless they went in a geo-political direction). As a fan of the United States, I wanted only one thing from my viewing experience: to forget for […]

2014 World Cup: Costa Rica Showing FIFA Put the Wrong CONCACAF Team in the Group of Death

Costa Rica Fans, World Cup 2014

Soccer in the world of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) is a tricky beast. It’s like spunky mid-major college basketball. You’re not quite sure who’s good, who’s bad and who just refuses to die. It […]

2014 World Cup: USMNT Fans Should Keep an Eye on Other CONCACAF Teams

USMNT vs Costa Rica, World Cup Qualifier 2013

When the NCAA Tournament rolls around, basketball fans take note of how many teams get in from different conferences. They debate whether the ACC was overrated or if the Big Ten deserved to have one more team in the mix. […]

2014 World Cup: England Will Be Missed When They’re Gone

Wayne Rooney, England, World Cup 2014

England could still, mathematically speaking, advance out of their group. Or their team bus could be struck by lightning on the way to their game against Costa Rica next week; the odds aren’t that different. England seems to be going […]

World Cup 2014: USMNT Must Keep American Eyes Engaged

USMNT World Cup 2014 Viewing Party, Grant Park Chicago

When the USMNT played Ghana in the World Cup on Monday, it drew NFL-caliber TV ratings, and that’s not counting all of the people watching in bars and big viewing parties like in Chicago’s Grant Park. I was there in Grant […]

2014 World Cup: USMNT’s Mix Diskerud Will Soon Become a Household Name

Mix Diskerud, US Men's National Team

Americans love an event, and there is no bigger event than the World Cup. So why have Americans so long been ambivalent toward the global futbol spectacle? Perhaps it’s a lack of access (no longer an issue, since ESPN and […]

USMNT vs. Azerbaijan: Time to Stop Focusing On Who Didn’t Play

Mix Diskerud and USMNT vs Azerbaijan 2014

Before the USMNT began its send-off series tonight in a sadly empty-looking Candlestick Park (especially considering it’s one of the last events that will ever be held there), commentator Taylor Twellman said he wanted to see Tim Howard keep a clean […]