How the USMNT can beat England

Can this group best England? It’s possible!Image🇧🇷 Getty Images The kicking rocks and bemoaning the gods are in the past now for the USMNT. They let two points slip against Wales, while the one they gained is certainly valuable. They’re still very much in the tournament, but the draw against Wales means that the game … Read more

Does Aaron Long belong in Qatar?

The Long and short of it.Image🇧🇷 Getty Images It’s hard to describe why there’s angst around Aaron Long. Does the United States men’s national team have better center backs? Yes. Has he taken the spot of more deserving players? Yeah, but that’s more up for debate. If you’re basing personnel decisions on trust with USMNT … Read more

USMNT’s Walker Zimmerman ready for 2022 World Cup test

Walker ZimmermanImage🇧🇷 Eric Blum for Deadspin Has anyone done more to improve his stock with the United States men’s national team over the last 18 months than Walker Zimmerman? There’s no one clearly above him. The Nashville SC stalwart was in and out of the Yanks’ lineup for years before asserting himself as the captain … Read more

Shaq Moore a surprise add to USMNT World Cup roster

Shaq Moore (second from right)Photo🇧🇷 Eric Blum One of the true shockers of the United States men’s national team’s World Cup roster reveal was Shaq Moore making the cut. His inclusion, alongside striker Haji Wright, appeared to come the most out of left field for diehard fans of the Stars and Stripes. Moore has had … Read more

DeAndre Yedlin bring experience to USMNT World Cup roster

USMNT’s DeAndre Yedlin at the World Cup roster reveal event.Image🇧🇷 Eric Blum for Deadspin Before we can truly look forward, we must go back in time, to a marvelous place where the United States men’s national team missing the world cup was such an afterthought, it would be equal to falling into the abyss. Yeah, … Read more

11 things that will happen at 2022 World Cup

These are the nations that will be represented at the 2022 World CupImage🇧🇷 Getty Images While every World Cup is unique in its own way, and this one especially, there are certain happenings you can count on. They come about every tournament. The pressure, the coverage, the overall oeuvre of the whole thing just drives … Read more

Why hosting the World Cup can be a bad idea for some countries

Hosting the World Cup draws massive exposure to a host country in terms of tourism, foreign trade, jobs and the potential for new development. But that can come at a huge cost. For the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which runs from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18, the government is shelling out roughly $229 billion, … Read more

USMNT coach Gregg Berhalter’s World Cup roster

There were some surprise additions, snubs on the USMNT World Cup rosterImage🇧🇷 Getty Images Any coach hired by US Soccer, at least for the men’s side (though Vlatko Andonovski isn’t winning many fans these days either), is never going to have 100 percent buy-in. They just haven’t gotten it totally right in… well, ever? Berhalter … Read more

LAFC bests Philly Union to take the MLS Cup

Philadelphia’s DĂ©niel Gazdag takes a moment to himself after yesterday’s LAFC’s victory in the MLS Cup Getty Images Soccer doesn’t really lend itself to playoffs. It’s why league seasons and cup competitions are generally separate, and the latter are understood to just be goofy, random collections of games where just about anything can happen. … Read more

The rumored MLS Playoff changes are almost there

NYCFCphoto: Getty Images Apparently, taking a good hard look at the fairness of your playoff format is contagious these days. Last night, The Athletic’s Sam Stejskal and Pablo Maurer reported that MLS is looking at a massive change to its playoff system, coinciding with a switch to Apple TV next season in order to get … Read more