Bradley fiddles while the USA burns
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 28, 2:40 a.m.
Losing a vital home game is never going to look good. When your opponent comes back from 2-0 down, when it scores four goals and could easily have had more ... well, the coach and the players have to be ready for a blizzard of abuse.
Shades of the Cosmos - Red Bulls Want to Run MLS!
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 22, 3:15 p.m.
The ghost of the Cosmos -- the celebrity team that also happened to play pretty damn good soccer -- still hovers intriguingly over the New York soccer scene.
Remembering John Kerr and his gloriously genuine soccer emotions
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 21, 2:14 a.m.
As the soccer world swirls frantically around me -- the Gold Cup is climaxing, the European under-21s are at a crucial stage, the U-17 World Cup is just beginning, MLS is giving us nine games a week -- as all that activity engulfs me, occupying every waking minutes, suddenly, today, came word that John Kerr was dead.
The Return of Michel Platitudini
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 17, 5:44 p.m.
Here we go again -- in fact, as it's Frenchman Michel Platini I'm talking about, I can very nicely use the French phrase. It's deja vu time.
If this is Bradley's best, it's time for him to go
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 12, 11:36 p.m.
A 2-1 loss to Panama is hardly the end of the world, not even the soccer world. It does not mean the USA's elimination from the Gold Cup, a tournament it is thought capable of winning.
Concacaf Should Quash the Mexican Drug Suspensions
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 10, 5:31 a.m.
What a farce! Five Mexican national team players suspended for taking a banned drug. Well, not quite. Suspended because a drug test found traces of the banned drug clenbuterol in their urine.
USA steps out of Wonderland, back into real time
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 7, 1:25 a.m.
Trying to extract meaning from this past weekend's clash between the USA and Spain seems to me an endeavor both hopeless and fruitless.
U-17 World Cup deserves top referees
Posted by Paul Gardner on Jun. 3, 5:31 p.m.
Who's the ref? It's a question that needs to be asked about every important game. We know that ManU's Alex Ferguson pays close attention, because he's had his say about how referees can influence the result (and he's been fined and told to shut up as a result of his pronouncements).