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America
For Gold Cup to grow bigger, should CONCACAF become smaller?
17:01 Sunday 7th July 2019

The Concacaf Gold Cup is like Fathers Day. The early matches in every tournament feature so many soft teams it’s like ripping through gift paper. The final is the box inside. When opened, you must feign surprise at the tie within despite…

International
Should the Gold Cup and Copa America merge?
17:00 Tuesday 18th June 2019

Change comes to football slower than catsup travels from the bottle to the burger. VAR is your proof. When change finally arrives, however, it’s still like the catsup in that there tends to be far more of it than anyone intended or desired…

America
Did the United States hand Mexico the Gold Cup in December?
17:00 Friday 14th June 2019

After a 14-month search, the USSF hired Gregg Berhalter as manager. Federation president Carlos Cordeiro branded the former Columbus Crew boss, a coach without a single trophy on his CV, as the man to give the USMNT a “truly American…

Usa
Are Gregg Berhalter, USMNT in for rude awakening at Gold Cup?
17:00 Wednesday 12th June 2019

It’s startling to consider that the same federation oversees both the United States men’s and women’s football teams. The latter is run efficiently with a coherent vision and plan. The results are self-evident. The USWNT are…

Womens Football
CONCACAF Women Championship, aka Don't feed the Americans
16:30 Sunday 14th October 2018

It’s hard to look past the Americans in terms of women’s football. Right, then. See you next time. In all seriousness, there's no avoiding the fact the USWNT is a blue whale in the North and Central American and Caribbean koi…

World Cup
Is the World Cup a party for two?
12:30 Tuesday 3rd July 2018

We are now 88 years and 21 tournaments since the inaugural World Cup took place in Uruguay in 1930. The hosts won it, beating Argentina in the final. In all the tournaments since, the final has always been played out between a combination of…

Champions League
Advantage Guadalajara
17:00 Tuesday 24th April 2018

As my colleague recently wrote, there is more than one Champions League. In fact, there’s one for each confederation, including Asia, South America as well as North and Central America. We concentrate on the latter as the competition…

Road To The Promised Land
4 CONMEBOL/CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers to watch this week
17:00 Tuesday 10th October 2017

The CONMEBOL and CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers draw to a conclusion during early hours of Wednesday. Here are four games to watch, as countries from South and North America determine their representatives for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Peru…

Road To The Promised Land
3 CONMEBOL/CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers to watch this week
12:00 Thursday 5th October 2017

As with UEFA, the CONMEBOL and CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers are entering critical moments. Here are three games from the two regions not to be missed this week.

Rest Of The World
USA v Syria? With World Cup berth at stake, it might happen
09:00 Thursday 7th September 2017

FIFA mandates governments not interfere with national associations. Politics is the occasional pitch invader, though, as it may be in a USA v Syria playoff. Another international break is over. For once, I can't wait to see what the next will…

Rest Of The World
Concacaf World Cup Qualifying: The Stretch Run
15:00 Friday 1st September 2017

Russia 2018 is just months off. Before the New Year, all 32 participants will be known. Here's how Concacaf World Cup qualifying is set for the stretch run. The Concacaf balance of power differs greatly from UEFA, whose World Cup qualifying…

Editors Thoughts
At Gold Cup, rich get richer
21:00 Wednesday 19th July 2017

Last week, CONCACAF's disciplinary committee forfeited French Guiana's result against Honduras and banned Florent Malouda from the tournament for playing in the Gold Cup while ineligible. This week, the big nations were permitted to upgrade…

France
The Conflicting Case of Florent Malouda
17:30 Thursday 13th July 2017

Wealth and influence aren't everything. Sometimes the little guys push back. Every once in a while, they win, too. This time, French Guiana and Florent Malouda are battling the system. Who hasn't heard the saying money talks, bullshit walks?…

International
Gold Cup nations you may not know: Nicaragua
14:00 Saturday 8th July 2017

This is the fourth and final piece in a series on Gold Cup nations you might not have known existed. If you missed the posts on Curacao, French Guiana, and Martinique, they can be found here, here, and here, respectively. Now, however, it's…

France
Gold Cup nations you may not know: Martinique
16:00 Friday 7th July 2017

Welcome to the third in this four-part series on  Gold Cup nations you may not recognise. The post on Curacao can be found here, French Guiana here. Nicaragua will be the final installment. First, however, comes Martinique. Much like French…