MLS holds onto Agudelo, for now
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 31, 5:56 p.m.
More than two years after he scored on his debut for the USA in South Africa, Juan Agudelo is apparently staying in MLS. He was among several MLS young players to be pursued by foreign teams in the past few months.
U.S. Report Card: Few good marks on a rather bad night
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 30, 3:57 a.m.
Whether or not the U.S. national team is ready, the Hexagonal can't come soon enough.
A dismal display from the USA
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jan. 30, 12:59 a.m.
Against a team that lost its last two games by a combined score of 12-1, the USA managed a 0-0 tie.
Qatargate, doubts over Qatar 2022 linger
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 29, 4:16 a.m.
More than two years after FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, the controversy surrounding the decision still lingers.
Canada friendly starts critical phase of Klinsmann era
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 28, 1:52 p.m.
As he challenges his players, demanding they "rise to the occasion," U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann is facing the same task himself.
Sustainability is key to new women's league
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jan. 25, 1:29 a.m.
In contrast to WUSA and WPS, which burned through millions in startup money and never made it past the third season, the National Women's Soccer League is starting out slowly. Perhaps too slowly for the likes of many. But NWSL executive director Cheryl Baileysays the goal of the league, managed by U.S. Soccer ...
U.S. Positional Rankings: Striker Altidore fends off challengers, for now
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 24, 1:24 p.m.
He's been inconsistent for the national team, and his touches still need work, but the former MetroStar has climbed atop the ladder of U.S. strikers by scoring like crazy in the Netherlands.
U.S. Positional Rankings: No question, Dempsey is top forward
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 23, 7:09 p.m.
The delineation between forwards and strikers can be blurry, but there's no question Clint Dempsey is the top American up top.
U.S. Positional Rankings: Bradley leads attacking midfielders
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 22, 12:40 p.m.
For much of its history, the USA has sought in vain for a true playmaking midfielder cut in the mold of a traditional No. 10.
MLS draftees are reaping the benefits of a proactive approach
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 18, 1:34 a.m.
Attitude, attitude, attitude. The prevailing theme of SuperDraft 2013, the second year of its two-round existence, came through again and again from coaches, players, and general managers: soccer players are maturing at an earlier age, and thus are better prepared for the pro game when they leave their schools.
U.S. Positional Rankings: Eddie Johnson gets his groove back on the left side
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 17, 12:00 p.m.
Eddie Johnson's few performances for the national team at left mid illustrate how varied are the options for Coach Jurgen Klinsmann at this position.
U.S. Positional Rankings: Williams jumps right into vital role
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 14, 7:00 p.m.
The German Bundesliga players championed by U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann during his tenure have drawn mixed reviews, yet the consensus on one of them is mostly favorable.
U.S. Positional Rankings: Donovan's departure leaves huge hole, for a while at least
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 11, 11:36 p.m.
Since his latest proclamation that he needs an extended break from soccer, the collective mood of fans and observers regarding Landon Donovan has shifted from, "Will he come back?" to "When will he come back?"
U.S. Positional Rankings: Fabian Johnson solidifies problem area
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 10, 6:05 p.m.
To those who contend Jonathan Bornstein was a disaster as a USA left back, watch again his appearances at the 2010 World Cup.
U.S. Positional Rankings: Center back questions abound, starting with Bocanegra
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jan. 9, 12:22 a.m.
How much in flux is the center back position on the U.S. national team? Well, the top-rated player is a former midfielder toiling at right back for his club team.