World Soccer Talk

WST – USA’s third place game against Colombia will be a true yardstick of team’s playing level

The Colombia match, depending on your perspective, was either an unmitigated disaster or two small mistakes away from being at worst a draw. Subsequent group stage matches saw the U.S. as the favorite, and a deflated or uninspired Ecuador only really pushed the U.S. in the final 20 minutes of their match. No one seriously… Continue reading WST – USA’s third place game against Colombia will be a true yardstick of team’s playing level

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WST – Landon Donovan is shining star in FOX Sports’ disappointing Copa America broadcasts

While Donovan had been pretty good in the Ecuador match, he really came into his own in the game against Argentina where simply being a cheerleader for the U.S. would have been a strained and forced presentation (see Alexi Lalas). The best thing the producers did was pair him with veteran broadcaster J.P. Dellacamera, a man… Continue reading WST – Landon Donovan is shining star in FOX Sports’ disappointing Copa America broadcasts

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My Writing to Date During the Euros and Copa America

First, you may have noticed that my writing has been rather light during one of the busiest soccer times of the year. You are right, but it is for a good reason. Recently we had a recent addition to the family that has taken my focus away from my writing (and sleep) and more towards family… Continue reading My Writing to Date During the Euros and Copa America

United States Mens National Team

Thoughts from USA 4, Costa Rica 0 Copa America Match

First half The U.S was very lucky to survive the first five minutes. Despite the fact the host nation should have come out with all the energy in a must-win match, it was the other CONCACAF team that had all of the energy and chances. If Joel Campbell would have been better with his chances,… Continue reading Thoughts from USA 4, Costa Rica 0 Copa America Match

United States Mens National Team

Reflections on USA v. Colombia, Plus Two Post-Game Interviews

First Half Geoff Cameron in the first ten minutes epitomizes this U.S. team. He started strong and looked like he would have an excellent match, then falls asleep on a set piece and the U.S. is down a goal. Being "picked" on the set piece so easily was a mental failing, which we see way… Continue reading Reflections on USA v. Colombia, Plus Two Post-Game Interviews

World Soccer Talk

Expectations for US Team in Copa America – WST

Almost two years after the World Cup, the US still lacks a firm depth chart for the back four, the next great American striker has yet to truly emerge, and the coming crop of young talent has yet to overwhelmingly impress at the international level. While there is talent in the US pool and some… Continue reading Expectations for US Team in Copa America – WST