June 22, 2016
Why the USA is far away from being one of the world's elite
So much has been written about Argentina's 4-0 triumph over the United States Tuesday night that it could have broken the internet two or three times over. The USA reminded us how far it has to go before it can be an elite soccer country.
June 15, 2016
Dempsey defies father time, but eventually that will catch up to him; who will be his successor?
Clint Dempsey came through not once, but twice for the United States in the group stage of Copa America Centenario.
And the sun also rises.
June 5, 2016
Copa start can't get any worse
The host team goes down by two goals, a pair of scoreless draws, three goals in four games and too many empty seats.
Not exactly the best of starts for Copa America Centenario..
March 26, 2016
Klinsmann era has been a failure and it's time for him to go
The last time I looked, Jurgen Klinsmann still was head coach of the United States national team.
That's too bad, because he should have been replaced over the winter.
March 22, 2016
No more halfway measures on international playing dates for MLS
If Major League Soccer wants to become one of the great soccer leagues of the world, it must act like one.
Case in point:
International playing dates, when 12 CONCACAF teams are competing for berths in the 2018 World Cup on Friday and next Tuesday.
October 14, 2015
Like the USA attack, Klinsmann has no answers for what is ailing the national team
HARRISON, N.J. -- Like his team's lackluster attack, Jurgen Klinsmann is struggling to find answers and solutions.
October 11, 2015
Saturday, bloody, Saturday: one of the darkest days in USMNT history
Oct. 10, 2015. Mark my words. It will go down as one of the darkest days in U.S. men's national team history.
In just a matter of hours, two U.S. men's teams went down to defeat in major competitions with much on the line, a rare event in the U.S. Soccer universe.
June 20, 2015
Dempsey deserves a nice, long, stiff ban
I always thought that if Clint Dempsey was going to get into trouble again, it would be because of his elbows and not his hands.
Dempsey has a history of doing damage to the jaws of opponents in the past and as I have learned from covering sports all these years, old habits die hard.
May 14, 2015
Brad Friedel, an appreciation
For those of you who think history is something that happened five seconds ago, and nothing more or nothing less, I have a history lesson or two for you.
It's about goalkeeper Brad Friedel. Because he starred for the U.S. national team so long ago, some of you might not even know who he is and I'm not kidding.
May 8, 2015
Clive doesn't Toye around in his latest book, 'Anywhere In The World"
Most of the soccer world knows and probably only knows Clive Toye as the Cosmos president who signed Pele to that historic contract in 1975.
That certainly is one historic accomplishment that we are still feeling the positive effects in 2015.
January 22, 2015
Which goalkeeper should replace Hope Solo if she can't play in the WWC? Barnhart, Harris or Naeher
OK, let's assume the worst case scenario.
Let's say Hope Solo bottoms out and doesn't backstop the United States at the Women's World Cup in Canada this June and July.
Just who will be her replacement?
October 26, 2014
USA women head and shoulders above CONCACAF foes, but they must rise to the occasion at WWC
CHESTER, Pa. -- If anyone had any doubts, the United States women reminded everyone that they were head and shoulders over any of their foes in CONCACAF Sunday night, literally and figuratively.
October 16, 2014
Garber, MLS might be angry, but Klinsmann has a point about Bradley, Dempsey
So, Don Garber is ticked off that U.S. national coach Jurgen Klinsmann had the nerve to say that Michael Bradley and Clint Dempsey should have not have returned home to play in Major League Soccer.
July 2, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 21
Ready to take flight one more time, looking forward to home, sweet, home
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- A very weary soul is writing this piece this morning.
July 1, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 20
The case of the broken door knob
SALAVADOR, Brazil -- The main topic of today's diary is a door knob. Yes a door knob.
June 30, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 19
Going from heaven to hell and back again
SALAVADOR, Brazil -- One thing that I have learned about the World Cup in general and the event being in Brazil in particular, is that you can go from heaven to hell and back to heaven again in an extremely short time.
June 29, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 18)
When eating (sleeping and exercising) is a luxury
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- When you have gone to enough World Cups as I have, you learn from experience, sometimes bad experiences. But you learn.
June 28, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 17)
Weary sportswriters are fraying at the edges
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- It is almost three weeks into this adventure for many of the American media and there is a certain amount of weariness that has crept into our bodies and souls.
June 27, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO, DAY 16
The case of too many Michaels
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- I have nothing against the name Michael. After all, it has been my favorite name all my life.
June 26, 2014
DON'T BLAME IT ON RIO (DAY 15)
No, blame it on the rain of biblical proportions
RECIFE, Brazil -- I write this piece on the FIFA media bus to the stadium, stuck in traffic.
I was hoping to write this on the official U.S. Soccer media bus, but it never showed at our hotel for an 8:30 a.m. departure.
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