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Gold Cup nations you may not know: Curacao

Curacao is one of four tiny CONCACAF nations featuring in this summer's Gold Cup that may be unfamiliar to many football fans.

On July 7th, the CONCACAF Gold Cup’s 14th edition will kick off. The United States has hosted the biannual tournament since 1991, on the odd occasion co-hosting with Mexico and Canada. The US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras, Canada, Jamaica, Panama, and perhaps El Salvador should all be nations with which everyone will be familiar in general, if not footballing terms. ... Read More »

Dom Dwyer: a West Sussex Brit in Uncle Sam’s Connecticut court

Hank Morgan travelled back in time to make himself right at home in Mark Twain’s version of Arthurian England, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Sporting KC forward and Cuckfield native son Dom Dwyer has done the same in reverse, committing his footballing future to the United States by attaining citizenship, then scoring the opening goal in a Gold ... Read More »

Have you seen this manager? Jurgen Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann annoys people. His tactical nous is more not. Still, his modern organizational skills would make him an excellent technical director.

Whether still chasing silverware, desperately seeking to avoid relegation, or sitting comfortably mid-table, clubs across Europe are beginning to plan for next season even as this one runs down. Some will be searching for a new manager. One or two are already available. Since Simon Pegg was allowed to make a three flavored Cornetto trilogy, I thought I’d start a milk ... Read More »

Curt Onalfo Learning It’s Not Easy To Replace A Legend

Curt Onalfo isnt filling Bruce Arenas shoes as well as he used to shine them.

What happens when, as a football manager, you take over a championship dynasty that has just lost its iconic boss, desperately needs a roster overhaul, made no major signings in the transfer window, and is now spiraling down the table? New LA Galaxy boss Curt Onalfo might want to reach out to David Moyes if he’s uncertain, then update his ... Read More »

Jermaine Jones Channels His Inner Mario Balotelli

Jermaine Jones isn't feeling the love with the USMNT

Back when he was throwing darts at Manchester City youth players and touring women’s prisons in the Italian countryside–ah, good times–Mario Balotelli actually had printed, then wore, a t-shirt asking “Why Always Me?” of critics panning his antics. Jermaine Jones has always dressed the part of societal rebel with his extensive tattoos and wild, flying dreadlocks. Nor has he ever been afraid ... Read More »

Conservative Tactics Against Panama May Haunt Arena And US

Clint Dempsey's goal wasn't enough to deliver victory for a US side employing conservative tactics.

Wrapped in euphoria following the United States’ six-goal romp against Honduras, I did not fail to remember the difficulty in winning on the road in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. Therefore, it was no surprise to see the US Men’s National Team struggle to a 1-1 draw in Panama on Tuesday evening. It was even less startling when mounting injuries at the ... Read More »

Bruce Arena Strikes Back

When Bruce Arena strikes back he always wears his poker face.

As players were settling into their international training camps to prepare for this week’s friendlies and World Cup qualifiers, I noted returning United States manager Bruce Arena was in a tight spot, using one of my favorite movies as a metaphor. I raised every doubt pundits and fans have been putting forth, then concluded this week’s matches “will reveal what ... Read More »

Bruce Arena Versus The World

Bruce Arena looks even less like Michael Cera than Gareth Southgate. Like the England manager, however, Arena finds himself up against it in his second stint as United States Men’s National Team boss. After the USMNT dropped its first two matches in CONCACAF’s final World Cup qualifying stage, under Jürgen Klinsmann, the American has been brought in to defeat the ... Read More »

USSF Curbs Players’ Right To Free Speech

American life is filled with political irony and hypocrisy. People electing an opportunistic billionaire who has routinely failed to pay contractors, entered into multiple bankruptcies, hired foreign workers, and swindled retirees because they want someone who will keep his promises to create jobs, balance the budget, and build a wall to keep Mexicans from stealing their jobs is merely the most obvious example. Then there ... Read More »

A pedestrian start to Bruce Arena’s second stint in charge of the USMNT

Somewhere amidst Sunday’s sporting cornucopia, which included Manchester United’s 4-0 FA Cup fourth round victory over Wigan, the NHL’s second go-round with its four-division three-on-three All Star mini-tournament, the NFL Pro Bowl, and WWE’s Royal Rumble, the United States Men’s National Team played to a nil-nil draw against Serbia in the international friendly marking Bruce Arena’s return as manager. Read More »

Rekindling Chicago Fire?

An interesting culture change is underway at MLS cellar dwellers Chicago Fire, designed to put them back in the mix on the pitch and possibly in the crowded Windy City sports market as well. Read More »

Sunil Gulati, Captain of the USSF Black Pearl

Sunil Gulati and the USSF treat policy much like Pirates of the Caribbean treat the Code, which is to say more like guidelines than actual rules.

  Just to be certain, I did a quick search on IMDb. USSF President Sunil Gulati did not have a role in Pirates of the Caribbean. At least not an accredited one. It’s possible he was an overlooked extra dressed as a pirate in one scene or another. If so, it would certainly help to explain the American football association’s decision, ... Read More »

With things looking black, USMNT sacks Klinsmann

The United States of America are doing their utmost to grow ‘soccer’ on all fronts. The USMNT are a key part of that, and after a poor run of results, their board decided to pull the trigger on Jürgen Klinsmann’s time as manager. Now begins the quest to find a new leader to take their side forward. Read More »

How does Steven Gerrard pass the ball?

The former Reds skipper is well known all around the world as Liverpool’s hero. His fantastic all-around game has won many games for club and country. Coming to the end of his career in America, we look at how the Liverpool legend passes the ball so well. Read More »

Arsenal vs. MLS All-Stars Preview

Come the early hours of Friday morning, die-hard Gooners will be staying up late to catch a glimpse of their team in pre-season. Their second official friendly this year takes place in San Jose, California as they face the 2016 MLS All-Stars. Every year Major League Soccer organises its All-Star game where it pits its best domestic based talent against ... Read More »

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