Soccer in the States: My last ditch pitch for you to watch the USMNT

Wow, we’ve made it to the finale. It feels like just yesterday I was previewing the United States Men’s National Team’s chances of winning its first match in World Cup Qualifying. Now, I write this knowing for certain that the U.S. is back in the biggest sporting competition on planet Earth. Feels good, doesn’t it?  […]

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Soccer in the States: Rejoice! We’ve qualified for the 2022 World Cup

Hold the front page, hold the back page. The United States Men’s National Team is going back to the World Cup.  It was a long arduous journey, but on March 30, the U.S. qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. You best believe I’m smiling ear to ear while writing that.    I’m […]

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Soccer in the States: Reflecting before USMNT’s last World Cup Qualifying games

Oct. 10, 2017: The final whistle sounds, and the United States Men’s National Team players drop to the ground in defeat after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. A younger Adam Jasper, along with his two brothers, do just the same in their living room. We all cried that night.  Today: The USMNT […]

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Weston McKennie’s absence forces USMNT to get creative

Red alert! Red alert! It’s happening.  In my previous column, I examined both optimistic and pessimistic outlooks on the United States Men’s National Team’s chances of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Here’s the first line of pessimism, forecasting a repeat of 2017’s failure: “The perfect storm is upon us. Brace for impact. It happened […]

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Soccer in the States: Weighing the good and bad of the U.S. Men’s National Team

A lot of the time being a fan of the United States Men’s National Team makes you feel like a cartoon character with an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other. The angel feeds you positive vibes telling you to look on the bright side, to celebrate victories and shrug off defeats. […]

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Soccer in the States:What is the USMNT’s ceiling with Manager Gregg Berhalter?

“This game I can’t single anyone out: It was an entire team effort that was dominant. It’s hard for me to remember a performance away from home this dominant that wasn’t getting a result,” Gregg Berhalter said, addressing the press after his team’s embarrassing loss to a rival in a critical World Cup Qualifying game.  […]

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Soccer in the States: Men’s National Team can’t lose focus in its next games

As I reflect on the state of the United States Men’s National Team in its quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, an iconic press conference quote from the late Kobe Bryant after going up 2-0 in the 2009 NBA Finals circulates in my mind: “What’s there to be happy about? Job’s not finished.” […]

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Soccer in the States: U.S. Men’s National Team is giving us hope once more

In my time spent watching the United States play soccer, the team has fallen flat plenty. I’m used to watching an otherwise promising nation flop on the biggest stages. This instilled sense of pessimism is ingrained into my mind, and it creates a massive cognitive dissonance when things actually go the U.S.’ way.  There’s no […]

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Soccer in the States: U.S. Men’s National Team gears up for crucial Mexico match

Looking at the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying calendar, Nov. 12 is the first date that really jumps out if you’re a United States Men’s National Team fan. Who else could it be but Mexico? The already fiery rivalry between these two teams will be amped up by the huge stakes that come with qualifying for […]

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Soccer in the States: U.S. Men’s National Team shows unsurprising inconsistency

T he last three games were trademark United States Men’s National Team play. A simple 2-0 win against Jamaica, followed by a dreadful 1-0 loss to Panama and a scrappy 2-1 win over Costa Rica has the U.S. in second place with 11 points in the Octagon, trailing only Mexico. Welcomed optimism and absolute rock-bottom […]

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