News, commentary, tickets, pre and post match reaction alongside opinion about the U.S. Men’s national football team.


Berti Vogts Handed USA Role – Why?

Berti-VogtsBerti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the USA national team, a decision that is totally baffling to me.

Vogts had a storied playing career as he helped then West Germany win the 1974 World Cup. Then as a a coach he guided Germany t0 the UEFA EURO 96 title. But since then it has been all downhill, wirth failed coaching stops in Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Azerbaijan.

The reason for Voghts being hired is his close relationship with tone deaf US coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who was captain of the Germany side which won the European Championship under Vogts 19 years ago. Klinsmann is quoted as saying about the Vogts hiring:


Is The USA Progressing Under Klinsmann?

Jurgen KlinsmannNicklas (Lord) Bendtner scored his first international hat trick, as the USA once again could not hold onto a lead late in the game, as Denmark rallied to beat the Americans 3-2 in a friendly game at Aarhus, Denmark on Wednesday night.

Jozy Altidore scored in the first half and set up former club teammate Aron Johannsson’s goal in the second. But Bendtner tied the score in the 83rd minute and got the winner in the first minute of stoppage time. Christian Eriksen looped a ball over the defense and Bendtner ran onto it, took a touch and beat goalkeeper Nick Rimando from 15 yards for his 29th goal in 65 international appearances.

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US Reaches World Cup Knockout Stages

US Fans BrazilThe United States has reached the knockout stage of the World Cup for the second consecutive time after they lost 1-0 on Thursday in soggy conditions to Germany. The US advances as runners-up in the group as Portugal beat Ghana 2-1.

Portugal and the US both finished with four points, but the Americans advanced from a so-called “Group of Death” because their goal difference was even and the Portuguese were minus-3.

The U.S. will next play Belgium next Tuesday in the round of 16.

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World Cup Day Five: Drama As USA And Germany Take Control Of Group Of Death

Dempsey-Goal-WCIt was a game that stretched and frayed the nerves of USA soccer fame around world as Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. the perfect start when he scored after 31 seconds played, the sixth fastest goal in World Cup history.

But when Jozy Altidore pulled a hamstring in the 21st minute, the US lost its outlet, and as a result were forced further and further pack by Ghana.

Unable to maintain possession of the ball, the pressure built and built on the American defense and eventually Ghana got the breakthrough they deserved in the 82th minute when Asamoah Gyan’s clever backheel allowed Andre Ayew the space to fire the ball past Tim Howard.

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What Is Jurgen Klinsmann Thinking?

Stunning move by US national team coach Jurgen Klinsmann on Thursday when he announced that Landon Donovan was not going to Brazil. Somehow Klinsmann does not think that the LA Galaxy star is one of the 23 best American soccer player. Are you kidding me?

Donovan has been the best and most productive player in US national team history. He is a player with 57 goals and 58 assists for the national team and even at 32 years old still has some quality miles left on his legs. More important, Dovovan performs on the big stage, scoring five goals in 12 World Cup appearances. That is more goals than Messi, Ronaldo, Ibra and Rooney combined.

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Jurgen Klinsmann Set To Throw Wrench Into MLS Cup Playoffs

Jurgen KlinsmannAs we get set for the MLS Cup championship rounds, Jurgen Klinsmann is preparing to thrown a wrench into the plans of Real Salt Lake, Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and Sporting Kansas City by calling their players up for this month’s European friendlies against Scotland and Austria.

Speaking via a Q&A on U.S. Soccer’s website Klinsmann said:

“Because MLS scheduled their playoffs with respect to our FIFA fixture dates, it’s basically working hand-in-hand,” said the German-American boss in his latest expression of approval for the league’s postseason calendar. “We’re going to bring the best players into Scotland and Austria no matter where they play. No matter if they play like Michael Bradley in Italy or the guys in the [English] Premier League, the Bundesliga or the guys in Liga MX in Mexico and MLS.

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Bad Night For USA In Costa Rica

USA FANSMiserable night for USA Soccer fans last night in Costa Rica as the US lost 3-1 in a World Cup qualifying. The only good news was that Mexico lost to Honduras 2-1 at Azteca Stadium and that a USA win on Tuesday over Mexico could see the US qualify for Brazil.

You knew it was not going to be the American’s night when midfielder Michael Bradley picked up an ankle injury during warm-ups and was replaced in the starting lineup by Cameron.

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Klinsmann Lost As USA Thumped By Belgium

Jurgen KlinsmannThe USA were outcoached, outplayed and outmanned by a superior Belgium side last night, losing 4-2 in Cleveland before 27,720 fans last night.

Good teams take advantage of their opponents mistakes and that is what Belgium did. All four Belgium goals came as a direct result of US defensive mistakes and that has to worry US coach Jurgen Klinsmann. We are basically a year from the World Cup in Brazil and Klinsmann has no clue what his best defensive formation is. And that is really worrying, as the US’s defensive frailties have been apparent for a while now, but Klinsmann is either incapable or unable to fix them.

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Klinsmann Drops Bocanegra For Crucial World Cup Qualifiers

USA FANSMore defensive worries for U.S.A. fans heading into the World Cup qualifiers against Costa Rica and Mexico as Jurgen Klinsmann has dropped U.S. captain Carlos Bocanegra from the squad, while Timmy Chandler, Fabian Johnson and Danny Williams will miss the matches because of injuries and illness.

Besides Bocanegra there are eight players not in the squad that you would expect to see: Edgar Castillo (facial fractures), Chandler (hamstring), Steve Cherundolo (knee surgery), Tim Howard (broken bones in back), Johnson (hip), Jonathan Spector (ankle), Jose Torres (hamstring) and Williams (stomach virus).

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US Has Injury Worries Ahead Of World Cup Qualifiers

US Soccer FansUSA National team boss Jurgen Klinsmann has some major injury worries ahead of the US’s two massive World Cup Qualifying games later this month.

After losing its opening game in Honduras 2-1 the American’s face Costa Roca and Mexico later this month, knowing that they need at least a split from the two games.

But that task has been made harder due to the errors that have hit the US team. Everton have announced that goalkeeper Tim Howard has two broken bones in his back and is almost certain to miss the two World Cup qualifiers.