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
Partly due to playing politics poorly, partly due to perceptions of the US politically, and partly due to alleged shady deals, the US lost out to tiny Qatar for the 2022 games. While some consider the US to be a favorite to land the 2026 games, other geopolitical factors such as a rising Chinese FA… Continue reading US-Mexico Joint World Cup Bid a Mistake – WST
This book is not for a soccer novice. Someone just learning the game or even American professional soccer would be lost amidst the names that are more familiar to people who have followed the development of MLS over the past two decades. For those of us who have more knowledge of each league’s business practices,… Continue reading My Review of Soccerwarz of World Soccer Talk
But with every rain cloud, there is a rainbow even though it may be hard to see there were some positives from the match for the US. With a line-up of veterans and younger players, the US had the opportunity to see the consequences of its youth development program and how some of its veterans… Continue reading Four Unintended Consequences of US Loss to Guatemala – WST
During the World Cup, Donovan did his best to remain relevant in the U.S. soccer conversation. He starred in videos mocking his exclusion which went viral. He was an analyst for ESPN’s coverage, although that did not go quite as well. He offered an opinion with every microphone put in front of him, brewing up controversy (un)intentionally by admitting… Continue reading What’s Next for Landon Donovan (My Take)
My apologies for going so long in between posts. It has been as expected a madhouse with the World Cup in full swing. I am grateful to be asked to contribute to a number of great websites and have racked up a number of media hits, including 98.5 in Boston, Yahoo Sports Radio, ESPN New… Continue reading Mea Culpa – Updates!