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March 18, 2013
The weakest U.S. WCQ roster I can remember
I take a good look at the United States National Team roster and I am not impressed at all.
I have never been confused with Chicken Little, but I fear for the U.S. in its next two World Cup qualifiers -- against Costa Rica on Friday and at Mexico on Tuesday, March 26.
February 6, 2013
For openers, it was an utterly forgettable performance
Time to panic? No -- at least not yet.
Time to be worry? Perhaps.
Time to be concerned. Well, yes.
February 5, 2013
The good, bad and ugly of the CONCACAF hexagonal schedule
So, what is better, a favorable schedule at the start of World Cup qualifying, a smooth ride in the middle or a home cooking finish at home?
January 30, 2013
Two sides of the scoreless tie
After watching Tuesday night's disappointing scoreless draw between the United States and Canada, I have two streams of thought about the National Team: long range and short term.
January 21, 2013
The sad case of Freddy Adu
Over the past few decades, U.S. soccer (yes, that's a small s) has played out a familiar scenario whenever a young, promising male player emerges on the scene. More often than not, these players never meet our great hopes and expectations.
January 11, 2013
These scenarios would be a perfect and happy homecomings for U.S. women in NWSL
Who says you can't go home again?
There is some buzz going around the many members of the Olympic gold-medal winning team want to play in the fledling National Women's Soccer League close to their hometowns.
December 31, 2012
Blatter doesn't get it; It's evolution, not revolution for MLS
Obviously, Sepp Blatter doesn't understand American sports.
Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were any of the professional sports leagues, whether it was baseball, football, basketball and even hockey.
November 29, 2012
Give Donovan some breathing space on his decision; he certainly has earned it
So, Landon Donovan is considering retirement and he doesn't know how long his decision will take.
Well, I say let the LA Galaxy player and U.S. international take his time to decide. He has earned it.
November 22, 2012
New Thanksgiving tradition: turkey, football and futbol
For as long as I know, Thanksgiving tradition has been about family, turkey and some football.
September 9, 2012
No time to panic, but we can be worry warts with the U.S. team
It's certainly no time to panic, at least not yet. But it is certainly time to be concerned and even to worry.
September 1, 2012
Sundhage meant more than just wins and titles
In a few weeks we're going to say goodbye to Pia Sundhage, who announced she will be leaving as U.S. Women's National Team coach.
July 24, 2012
USA, Spain will reign, earn the gold
GLASGOW -- The American women have plenty of motivation in the Olympic soccer tournament.
They still are smarting from last year's disappointing finish, losing to Japan in penalty kicks in the Women's World Cup final and they want to extend their streak of winning gold medals to three consecutive competitions, which would be the best for men or women.
June 19, 2012
Panagoulias coached U.S. team during a tough time in its history
Alketas (Alkis) Panagoulias died at the age of 78 on Monday.
Many soccer fans under the age of 30 probably never heard of the man or are not very familiar with his accomplishments.
May 30, 2012
A tribute to a Hall of Fame soccer writer
LANDOVER, Md. — Way back in the Stone Age in 1982, when the internet wasn’t even a glint in anyone’s eye, I found a novel way to follow what was playing out at the World Cup in Spain.
January 6, 2012
Gonzalez injury illustrates the perils of MLS loaning players
For all you fans who wanted to know why I did not want the Red Bulls to loan captain and striker Thierry Henry to Arsenal, I give you Exhibit A:
On his first day of training with FC Nuremberg in Germany, LA Galaxy central defender Omar Gonzalez tore the ACL of his left knee after he collided with fellow American Timmy Chandler in training. He is expected to be sidelined as long as nine months.
January 5, 2012
Unbalanced schedule won't work, unfair
I have two words for Major League Soccer.
No, it's not what you think. No profanity in this column.
December 16, 2011
An Everton loan isn't good enough for Donovan, but a permanent move is
When I heard that Landon Donovan was going to return to Everton, I got excited.
Finally, he was going to meet a greater challenge than Major League Soccer.
November 8, 2011
Donovan does the smart thing
I don't blame Landon Donovan pulling out of Friday's international against France in Paris.
He has got an MLS Cup final to worry about over what is essentially for him a meaningless international friendly.
July 17, 2011
There's plenty of blame to go around
Give the U.S. National Team some credit.
The Americans won as a team in the Women's World Cup and they lost as one in the final to Japan in Frankfurt, Germany on Sunday.
July 16, 2011
Wambach gets it, Prinz doesn't
This column is all about Abby Wambach and Birgit Prinz.
But then again, Wambach will be the first one to tell you, whether you ask or not, that it’s never about her, but rather about the team.
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