Soccer America's Copa Centenario Best XI
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 28, 4:18 a.m.
They went undefeated except against each other, so it's natural that players from champion Chile and runner-up Argentina dominate our Copa Centenario Best XI. Argentina outscored its foes, 18-2, and Chile bettered its opponents 16-5 until they stalemated in the final to force a penalty-kick shootout. The choices for Copa Centenario Best XI, as selected by the editors of Soccer ...
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Is Klinsmann worthy of a remarkably long tenure?
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 27, 2:59 p.m.
Next month marks the fifth anniversary of Jurgen Klinsmann's tenure as USA head coach.
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If the song remains the same, how can it be rewritten?
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 23, 9:03 p.m.
Thumped by Argentina in a Copa America Centenario semifinal, the U.S. will nonetheless take positives from getting that far. But what it means for the future is still a murky muddle.
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Stepping on toes? That's not the solution to improving U.S. soccer
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 22, 4:12 a.m.
Do you wonder what kind of advice Jurgen Klinsmann was giving his players during their loss to Argentina?
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USA reaps benefits of South American opposition
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 20, 4:09 p.m.
Reaching a Copa America Centenario semifinal against Argentina to be played on Tuesday is being hailed as an historic accomplishment for the U.S. national team.
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USA has reason to celebrate but suspensions sure take edge off big win
Posted by Paul Kennedy on Jun. 17, 6:50 a.m.
First, the good news from Thursday night in Seattle. The USA's 2-1 victory over Ecuador, which moved it into the semifinals of the Copa Centenario, marked the first time it has ever won three games in a row in a competitive tournament other than the Gold Cup.
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Centenario group phase serves up plenty of spectacle, drama, and controversy
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 15, 9:32 p.m.
When big teams like Brazil and Uruguay fell prone to lapses, other nations took advantage to strengthen their reputations. Argentina and Mexico, as expected were impressive, and a courageous display by a U.S. team down to 10 men clinched a spot in the quarterfinals. Surprise teams Venezuela and Peru spiced up the first round as well..
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Guzan seizes chance for No. 1 shirt
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 14, 4:27 p.m.
Seven straight games including all three at the Centenario have featured Brad Guzan in goal; he and the Americans face another stern test Thursday against Ecuador.
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Berliner John Brooks takes charge of USA's defense
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 13, 2:09 p.m.
Just three years ago, John Brooks, born and raised in Berlin but the son of a U.S. serviceman from Illinois, was still deciding whether to represent Germany or the USA.
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USA's 'musts' for Paraguay game if it isn't 'must-win'
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 9, 5:20 p.m.
The Copa America Centenario results to date are mirror images of what occurred in March, when the Americans followed up a poor defeat with a resounding win. To reach the quarterfinals it needs only a tie, which can be a quite risky situation.
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May Clint Dempsey long play for the USA
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 8, 3:09 a.m.
Hard to believe, but as recently as January there was speculation about whether Clint Dempsey would continue to be part of the U.S. national team.
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How Klinsmann can fix his midfield
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 5, 12:19 a.m.
I'd suggest for Jurgen Klinsmann, after opening the Copa Centenario with a 2-0 loss to Colombia, to have a team-building event.
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Bobby Wood 'owes' Klinsmann and has the recipe to pay back
Posted by Mike Woitalla on Jun. 3, 3:39 a.m.
To Germany's three biggest cities -- Munich, Berlin and Hamburg -- is where soccer has been taking Honolulu-born Bobby Wood, who left Hawaii at age 12 and spent two years in Southern California before moving to Europe.
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Copa Centenario: Soccer America editors' predictions
Posted by SA Editorial on Jun. 2, 3:24 p.m.
The Copa Centenario kicks off Friday when the USA hosts Colombia at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The tournament should give the USA a home-field advantage in the biggest men's tournament played in the USA since the 1994 World Cup. Here's how Soccer America's editors see the tournament unfolding.
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Centenario will reveal if USA has forged a foundation of consistency
Posted by Ridge Mahoney on Jun. 1, 3:59 p.m.
Three games against solid opposition can test the U.S, for a baseline of reliability that it desperately needs.
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