Tag: USMNT

The Rise and Fall of CONCACAF

The Rise and Fall of CONCACAF

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09/18/2017

The start of the 21st century was good for CONCACAF. The United States made the World Cup quarterfinal in 2002, only narrowly losing to eventual runners-up Germany. In 2005, Mexico and the US reached fifth and eighth, respectively, in the FIFA rankings. And then there was 2009. At South Africa’s Confederations Cup, the United States…

It’s Time to Treat Christian Pulisic Like a Star

It’s Time to Treat Christian Pulisic Like a Star

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06/08/2017

Last summer, United States men’s national team member Christian Pulisic left camp early to attend his high school prom. The next day, he became the youngest scorer in USMNT history. This summer, he’s expected to lead the team to qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Pulisic, who has risen from promising prospect to…

Does Bruce Arena make sense for the U.S.?

Does Bruce Arena make sense for the U.S.?

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12/06/2016

Last Monday, Jurgen Klinsmann was fired as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. A day later, Bruce Arena was hired as his replacement. Arena previously managed the team from 1998-2006, leading them to the quarterfinals of 2002 World Cup. By bringing back Arena for a second stint, U.S. soccer and its president,…

Copa América Centenario: Semifinal Preview

Copa América Centenario: Semifinal Preview

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06/21/2016

USA vs. Argentina The United States once again have their backs against the wall. They face an Argentina team that has won all four of its games comfortably, has only conceded twice during the tournament, can bring the second leading goalscorer in the Premier League (Sergio Aguero) off the bench, and have the man who…

Copa América Centenario: Quarterfinal Summary

Copa América Centenario: Quarterfinal Summary

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06/21/2016

USA 2-1 Ecuador Instead of bringing in Michael Orozco for the injured DeAndre Yedlin, Juergen Klinsmann decided to move Fabian Johnson from left to right back and play Matt Besler at left back. It worked. Johnson managed to handle Jefferson Montero well while Besler hardly had any issues with Antonio Valencia. The United States kept…

Copa América Centenario: Round Three Analysis

Copa América Centenario: Round Three Analysis

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06/17/2016

Group A USA 1-0 Paraguay DeAndre Yedlin complicated matters a little bit, but the United States were able to hold on and secure a hard fought 1-0 victory over a Paraguay team that gave them all they could handle. Brad Guzan had a statement match with a huge double save late in the second half,…

Halftime on the Ground: State of the USMNT

Halftime on the Ground: State of the USMNT

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06/17/2016

I’m going to preface this article with a word of advice for readers: if you ever have the chance to go to an international soccer game featuring your home country, do it. This was my third time seeing the United States play, and it never disappoints. There’s just something about sporting red, white, and blue…

Soccer Politics: Klinsmann, Controversy and Culture

Soccer Politics: Klinsmann, Controversy and Culture

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09/29/2015

Jurgen Klinsmann has been a controversial figure for U.S. Soccer ever since he was first appointed manager of the United States Men’s National Team in 2011. His background and credentials as both player and manager were impressive: he was very successful in his time playing professionally, and came to the USA after a similarly successful…

My Plea to Jurgen Klinsmann: Play Lee Nguyen

My Plea to Jurgen Klinsmann: Play Lee Nguyen

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09/24/2015

The United States Men’s National Soccer team’s winner-takes-all playoff match with Mexico on October 10th for a spot in the 2017 Confederations Cup is quickly approaching. The Confederations Cup is the soccer version of pregaming for a big party; it’s held the summer before a World Cup in anticipation for the bigger competition. That doesn’t…

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