Why Soccer Tactics Matter: A Player Explains

Everyone in soccer is constantly talking about tactics. In recent years, we've gushed over the development of conservative 11-men-behind-the-ball approaches, the growth of tiki-taka and passenaccio, the rise of the mythical 4-2-3-1, and the spread of gegenpressing and counterattacking. I love this stuff. My friends… » 4/23/14 1:44pm Yesterday 1:44pm

Run The Jules: Your Guide To The USMNT's Newest (Maybe?) Star

During last night's USA-Mexico friendly, USMNT fans finally got a glimpse of Julian Green, the 18-year-old superstar-in-the-making(?) who spurned Germany to play for the US. The massive excitement at his arrival is matched only by the massive amount we don't know about him. Who is this guy? Is he really that good? What … » 4/03/14 11:37am 4/03/14 11:37am

Mexican Club Tries To Dick Over USMNT For USA-Mexico Friendly

The World Cup is—holy crap—just 10 weeks away. With the U.S.'s starting XI still in flux, every international friendly matters—especially for players on the cusp, like left back DaMarcus Beasley. Unfortunately for Beasley and Jurgen Klinsmann, one stubborn Mexican club is refusing to release its two American players… » 3/31/14 3:25pm 3/31/14 3:25pm

Chart: Who Has The Hardest World Cup Draw?

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With the world cup just six months away, The Guardian has put together a great set of charts comparing the relative schedules of each qualifying team, based on their opponents' FIFA rankings. As you can see above, by this measure the U.S. has the third-hardest schedule, just behind Ghana and Australia. In fact, with… » 12/18/13 4:54pm 12/18/13 4:54pm

Jürgen Klinsmann Extends His Deal With USMNT Through 2018

Today, US Soccer announced that manager Jürgen Klinsmann agreed to a four-year contract extension today. The deal, which keeps Klinsmann as manager through the 2018 World Cup in Russia, is abigdeal, because the extension signifies two things. First, of course, is that it means Klinsmann's been absolutely killing it… » 12/12/13 5:52pm 12/12/13 5:52pm

The USMNT Probably Won't Win The World Cup

Going into today's World Cup draw, we already knew just how stacked the 32-team field that make up next year's tournament in Brazil was. Seemingly every perennial superpower—hosts Brazil, Spain, Germany, Argentina, and the Netherlands, Italy—as well as the ridiculous "underclass" of teams like Belgium, Colombia,… » 12/06/13 4:21pm 12/06/13 4:21pm

The USMNT Saves Mexico, And Mexico Is Eternally Grateful

Soccer can be a cruel even in victory. This photo is of the U.S.'s Terrence Boyd tearfully embracing Panama's Felipe Baloy, after two late goals from the USMNT officially eliminated Los Canaleros from the World Cup. But the sport can also be generous in defeat: the U.S.'s win singlehandedly kept alive its fiercest… » 10/16/13 8:28am 10/16/13 8:28am

With The World Cup Clinched, USMNT Players Must Now Fight For Spots

The United States men's national team is take on Jamaica this evening in what is, thankfully, a somewhat meaningless World Cup qualifying match. That's because the Americans already whooped Mexico, as well as everyone else in CONCACAF, to clinch a spot in next year's tournament in Brazil. So what's there to play for… » 10/11/13 5:38pm 10/11/13 5:38pm

FIFA Investigating Costa Rica For Various Horseshit Moves

Costa Rica, a safe, verdant, progressive nation filled with a bunch of total assholes, did everything in its power to disrupt the USMNT before and during last week's World Cup qualifier. (Did you know we hate Costa Rica now? We do. Go soccer!) But now FIFA wants to know if things went too far. » 9/13/13 5:35pm 9/13/13 5:35pm

USMNT Moves Up To 13th In Latest FIFA World Rankings

FIFA's September world rankings were released this morning, and we found out that U.S. Soccer, after being ranked 19th just last month, jumped six more spots to 13th in the world. The Americans also were able to hold onto the top spot in CONCACAF. Mexico, second in the federation, fell one spot, and are now ranked 21st … » 9/12/13 12:37pm 9/12/13 12:37pm

How USMNT Reduced A Fiery Mexican Side To Ashes

The United States of America are going to the 2014 World Cup. In the end, it was never in doubt. And in the end, how they booked their ticket to Brazil was perfect, poetic. The Americans clinched at home, in a storied, claustrophobic stadium in front of a raucous, unapologetically and overwhelmingly American crowd,… » 9/11/13 12:30pm 9/11/13 12:30pm

Dos A Cero: How Columbus Became Home To A Great U.S. Soccer Tradition

An hour after the final whistle, as Honduras hung on for a tie and clinched a World Cup berth for the USMNT, the Americans spilled out of the locker room and back onto the pitch to celebrate. The fans chanted "Clint missed on purpose," and Dempsey smiled and danced. Maybe he did. This is Columbus, after all, the official … » 9/11/13 9:06am 9/11/13 9:06am

Stakes Are High In Tonight's USMNT Match Against Mexico

After 12 straight wins, which included improbable triumphs against world powers like Germany and Bosnia and dominant victories against all comers during the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the USMNT finally lost on Friday, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifier away to Costa Rica. Costa Rica, for some reason still seething from the fact… » 9/10/13 3:00pm 9/10/13 3:00pm