Hackworth rolls the dice with Adu-Kleberson swap
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 29, 3:24 p.m.
John Hackworth doesn't strike one as a gambler.
Balance does not equal strength
Posted by Soccer America on Mar. 28, 4:58 p.m.
The first three rounds of Hexagonal play have confirmed predictions that this should be the tightest competition since the format was introduced in 1989.
Mexico Diary: Lots of hype but no Goooool
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 27, 3:31 p.m.
The back of a van in Mexico City's Colonia Condesa is covered with bumper stickers, one of which reads "Jesus Saves ..." followed by smaller type:
Mexico Diary: Success but 'not pretty'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 27, 4:50 a.m.
After the 0-0 tie, the first question asked of the U.S. coach, by a Mexican journalist in Spanish was, "Jurgen, is this result a victory for you?"
Gonzalez leads gritty Azteca performance
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 27, 3:22 a.m.
The Americans did just enough to fend off a sputtering Mexico attack to earn a 0-0 tie Tuesday night, just the second time a USA team has emerged from a competitive match at Azteca Stadium with a point.
Mexico Diary: 'El Tri's Playing for 120 million'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 26, 1:02 p.m.
It was 48 degrees on Tuesday morning in Mexico City, but it should be in the 60s for the USA's World Cup qualifier at Azteca Stadium that kicks off at 8:30 pm local time. For the Mexicans, they'll be playing at temperatures 40 degrees lower than what they faced during their 2-2 tie at Honduras on Friday. For the Americans, ...
Mexico Diary: 'Don't boo U.S. anthem,' says Chepo
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 26, 1:14 a.m.
Jose Manuel "Chepo" de la Torre,known generally as a friendly guy, has been quite grumpy since Mexico blew a 2-0 lead and had to settle for a 2-2 tie at Honduras last Friday. He held a curt postgame press conference but kept his players away from reporters, and blacked out the media until a Monday press conference.
MLS Power Rankings: Impact still perfect, five teams still winless
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 25, 2:23 p.m.
Get into the tackles, get some key saves, and get the ball to Marco Di Vaio in the right situation.
Mexico Diary: 'Klinsmann, Coco del Tri'
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 25, 11:47 a.m.
The USA arrived in Mexico City late in the afternoon on Sunday and had a light practice in the evening. The Americans are aiming for an unprecedented achievement -- beating El Tri twice in a row on Mexican soil.
Mexico Diary: A full Azteca awaits USA
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 24, 6:51 p.m.
Many buildings in Mexico City sink a few inches a year, such as the National Cathedral, which is also becoming the city's version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
Ties tighten up Hexagonal standings
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 24, 4:37 p.m.
What we learned from Friday's 1-0 snowfest in Colorado is what already knew: the Americans are very tough hombres.
Mexico Diary: A triple threat no more?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 24, 2:08 a.m.
My first Mexico City visit for a clash between the giant neighbors' soccer teams came in 1992. We were warned of the altitude, heat and pollution, which made breathing the air in the city built on a lake encircled by mountains equal to smoking two packs of cigarettes a day.
High marks for resilience in crucial victory
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 23, 3:28 a.m.
Soccer in a snow globe was on display Friday at Dick's Sporting Goods Park near Denver, and in a battle against the elements the Americans beat Costa Rica, 1-0, with a Clint Dempsey goal.
Klinsmann handles it well - so far
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Mar. 22, 2:57 p.m.
Jurgen Klinsmann reacted admirably to the scathing criticism leveled at him in Brian Straus' Sporting News article about how he's coaching the USA.
Intense encounters the norm for USA-Costa Rica
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Mar. 21, 8:06 p.m.
Every time the USA plays Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifier, there's a lot more at play than just the result.