Firing of Jurgen Klinsmann will allow USMNT to finally grow
The U.S. Soccer Federation finally wised up and fired Juergen Klinsmann on Monday. Despite Bruce Arena taking over the team through the 2018 World Cup, the coaching hire after that will lead to much bigger growth for the national team.
USWNT needs to find offense for World Cup success
The U.S. Women’s National team has amassed a grand total of four points and three goals. They were shut out in a poor offensive showing against Sweden and were lucky to get two goals against a stout Australian side.
Despite the fact that they are in a good spot in the proverbial “Group of Death” and nearly everyone would take these two results before the World Cup even started, this team has issues. Like, I-never-thought-I-would-say-the-men’s-team-is-better-than-the-women’s-team issues. And they all happen to fall on the offensive side of the ball.
ICC tournament proves that soccer is officially here in the U.S.
Soccer will never work in the United States, they said. People don’t care about it, they said.
Well, to those people, I present this past Saturday afternoon at the Big House in Ann Arbor, Mich. where Manchester United defeated Real Madrid in front of over 109,000. Yes, that is correct. Over 109,000 turned out to one of the havens of college football to see two of the giants of European football. To put that in perspective, the attendance of the World Cup final in Brazil was a little over 74,000 =, though it could have been higher had there been more seats.
But yeah, soccer will never work in the United States.
Basketball stars need to be focus on international duty to continue to grow sport
One of my favorite sayings in soccer is “for club and country.” Players spend the majority of their time with the club teams playing for domestic, continental and some times international trophies, but every so often lay down their club allegiances to play for their country in international friendlies or various tournaments during every World Cup cycle. It’s something that makes soccer unique and it’s cool to see players still have strong allegiances to their home country even if it’s far away from their club team.
It’s also something that I would love to see with basketball and NBA.
Germany’s golden generation finally reaches the pinnacle
In 2000, the German national team finished a dismal four place in their group at the European championships. After that performance, Germany made a commitment to develop their younger generation to reach the top of world soccer for the first time as a unified country.
Fourteen years later with two third-place finishes in the World Cup in between, those players have led Germany to it’s first World Cup title since 1990 with a 1-0 extra time win over Argentina in the final on Sunday.
World Cup Final basically Germany’s to win
It’s been a tough past three World Cups for the Germans. In 2002, they were beat in the final by Brazil, then in each of the last two World Cups finished in a dignified, yet disappointing third place–even when co-hosting the tournament in 2006.
But now the Germans are one match, 90 or 120 minutes or penalty kicks away from finally hoisting up the World Cup Trophy for the first time since 1990 when they were West Germany. And after the 7-1 destruction of hosts Brazil, it feels as though the title is Germany’s to lose even against a solid Argentina side.
Clash of titans final four should produce World Cup fireworks
A little under a month ago, 32 teams set out from their respective countries to vie for arguably the greatest trophy in the world. Through the group stage, that number was trimmed in half to 16 and now, less than a week from the World Cup final, the teams have been filtered to the final four to vie for the last two spots in the final.
Of the remaining four teams, all of them are favorites. Sorry to those who like Cinderella stories–Costa Rica came oh so close forcing the Netherlands to penalty kicks, but failing to pull off the upset. But even without a nice story like a Colombia or Costa Rica still in the tournament, the semifinal matches are going to be ones for the ages.
U.S. loses battle, wins war in advancing to knockout round
The U.S. need just one point in their match against Germany Thursday to advance to the knockout round.
That point never came.
But thanks to Portugal beating Ghana 2-1 at the same time, the United States are headed to the round of 16 and a date with Belgium to decide who’s advancing to the quarterfinals. And as one ESPN commentator said, “the U.S. lost battle, but won the war.”
One point separates U.S. from knockout round
On Sunday it was three points. Today it’s one point.
That’s all that separates the United States from a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, an impressive feat considering they were drawn into the proverbial “Group of Death”. But as it was against Portugal, accomplishing this feat will be no small task against a German side that might be the first European country to win the tournament in South America.
U.S. has to survive injuries, heat, Portugal to put themselves in great position to advance
That’s all that separates the U.S. national team and getting to the Round of 16 out of the proverbial “Group of Death”. It’s all that separates them from something no one outside of the country could have ever predicted when the World Cup draw was held in December.