OT: The Real Failure of USMNT

OT: The Real Failure of USMNT

Submitted by Swayze Howell Sheen on October 15th, 2017 at 12:10 PM

Excellent article by the other "Brian" on USMNT here.

If you don't know Brian Phillips's sportswriting, it's quite good (google around for more).

Here's a quote from this article:

Christian Pulisic, the 19-year-old who’s currently the 357th anointed savior of American men’s soccer, played pretty well. The rest of the team? Well, I’d say it was like watching a group of vacationing dentists try organized sport for the first time, but there are reasons to fear dentists. Dentists know how to hurt people.

OT: US beats Ghana 2-1

OT: US beats Ghana 2-1

Submitted by LLG on July 1st, 2017 at 7:35 PM

Dom Dwyer was born and raised in England -- just like many of the Founders!

He became an American citizen in March of this year. 

You now what I love?  America!

Watch Dwyer score the first goal here

Second goal by Kellyn Acosta here:

As a side note, while this was a friendly, it was against a rival:  Ghana, which goes by the nickname the Black Stars.

Ghana beat us twice in the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.  We were put in the "Group of Death" with them last go around and beat them 2-1 to get to the knock-out rounds.  More on the history here.

Summary of the game here.

OT: Klinsmann (Likely) Out as UMNT Coach, Off to Southampton

OT: Klinsmann (Likely) Out as UMNT Coach, Off to Southampton

Submitted by Sports on June 23rd, 2016 at 9:53 AM

Multiple news outlets reporting that Klinsmann is likely out as the USMNT coach and is off to Southampton for the same position. 

 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/soccer/2016/06/23/jurgen-klinsmann-usmnt-southampton-coach/86278518/

usmnt world cup roster assumptions

usmnt world cup roster assumptions

Submitted by tasnyder01 on June 22nd, 2016 at 2:45 PM

Don't care too much about the roster for the third place game, so skipping ahead to the world cup.

In something that I'm not happy I got right, I'd like to hate myself for predicting JK would throw out Wondo, Beckerman, and Zusi. Zusi at least was defensible, but my working theory is that Wondo and Beckerman have dirty pics of Klinsmann somewhere. I've got to believe that they'll be too old for the WC though (or the pics will have expired or something).

The good news is we have the back 6 set for the WC.

                                                               Guzan
    Yedlin                     Cameron                                Brooks                               Johnson
                                                              Bradley

Strikers also seem to be set (I'm assuming Dempsey stays despite age).
Dempsey as false 9, with Altidore getting injured and Wood as the other striker. Altidore will get injured. It's a major tournament.

The questions are in the midfield/wingers
Does Fabian move up? Pusilic? Do Julian Green/Zalelem put it together? Does Beckerman give his dirty pics to Nagbe?

Guess you could also add Morris as backup striker though I think he made fun of Klinsmanns hair, his fathers hair, and his grandfather hair. And Wondo didn't.

Anyone I'm missing?

Finally, if anyone has any good links/usmnt blogs, that'd be great. The ones I'm finding are pretty Bleacher Report-esque. In depth info would be appreciated. Thanks.

usmnt replacements for (probable) game against Argentina

usmnt replacements for (probable) game against Argentina

Submitted by tasnyder01 on June 17th, 2016 at 12:42 PM

Bedoya, Jones, and Wood out.  Who do you think replaces them, and do you think we switch formation?

Assuming we keep the same formation, options look limited at striker.  Zardes, Wondolowski, and ?Pusilic?  

If we move Zardes over -- which I don't like -- then we're replacing three midfielders.  Dagbe looks like an obvious replacement, but who would be the other replacement(s)?  Beckerman as a second DM?  

My best guess: 4-2-3-1

Yedlin      Cameron       Brooks      Johnson

                Beckerman    Bradley

 Dagbe                   Deuce                   Zardes        

                              Wondolowski

 

With Pusilic coming on late as we're down.   

 

USMNT vs Costa Rica

USMNT vs Costa Rica

Submitted by skurnie on June 7th, 2016 at 7:04 PM

Game #2 for the USMNT in Group A.

Time: 8pm ET

Where: Soldier Field

TV: FS1, Univision (Streaming Fox Sports Go & Univision Deportes en vivo)

 

USMNT Lineup (no changes from Colombia match)

Guzan, Yedlin, Cameron, Brooks, Johnson, Jones, Bradley, Bedoya, Zardes, Dempsey, Wood

 

 

OT: Chance for USMNT to be World Champions with a win tonight.

OT: Chance for USMNT to be World Champions with a win tonight.

Submitted by mgobaran on June 3rd, 2016 at 9:58 AM

Happy Friday, and Happy COPA America Centenario to all you soccer fans out there. 

I found this article over at StarsandStripesFC, SB Nations USMNT & USWNT blog. I was totally unaware of this, but tonight's match vs. Colombia has bigger stakes than just group standings for COPA. America could be crowned the World Champions* with a win tonight!

Almost like the Championship belts in Boxing, or wrestling (for all you WWE fans out there), "Nasazzi's Baton" has been passed from country to country since the first World Cup in 1930.

...Yet not everybody viewed the title of world champions that way.

Some football fans imagined an alternative version of the world championship, viewing the honour the same way that titles are passed on in boxing. To become the world champions, they reckoned, you had to defeat the current holders of the title.

As such, Italy were not the "defending world champs" at the 1950 World Cup. Rather, England was the team putting the title on the line. They had defeated Scotland, who had defeated England beforehand, who had defeated Sweden, who had defeated Switzerland, and so on and so forth all the way back to Brazil, who had defeated the 1930 World Cup winners Uruguay in September of 1931.

Sure it's not really how this works (that's not how any of this works), but I found the idea to be fun. And while www.nasazzi.com isn't updated, Colombia's 3-1 win over Ecuador in a WCQ Match in March means they are the current holder of Nasazzi's Baton. With the USA is next in line to challenge. 

So let's get 3 points and a Baton tonight! #USA #USA #USA!

And, last but not least, obligatory dog gif.

OT: USMNT at Guatemala

OT: USMNT at Guatemala

Submitted by skurnie on March 25th, 2016 at 9:50 PM

USMNT at Guatemala

TV: BeIn Sport & NBC Universo

10pm ET

World Cup Qualifying

USMNT Lineup: 

Howard, Cameron, Gonzalez, Orozco, Castillo, Yedlin, Bradley, Bedoya, Dempsey, Wood

John Brooks sent back to Hertha, Besler suffered a concussion yesterday in training and Fabian Johnson not yet recovered from an injury suffered with Gladbach.

OT: USMNT vs Guatemala: Final Gold Cup Tune-Up

OT: USMNT vs Guatemala: Final Gold Cup Tune-Up

Submitted by mgokev on July 3rd, 2015 at 10:37 AM

Coming off road wins against the Netherlands and Germany, the USMNT kicks off at 5:30pm CT in Nashville at Nissan Stadium (formerly LP Field - naming rights changed last week). Anyone going? Looks like it'll air on Fox Sports 1. 

My prediction: 3-1 U.S.