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U.S. Positional Rankings-Goalkeepers and defenders

By Ridge Mahoney

Yes to Landon Donovan and no to Carlos Bocanegra drew the most attention Thursday upon release of the initial Gold Cup roster of 23 U.S. players.


How to judge Tab Ramos' U-20s' performance

The stats don't look good, do they? The USA was outscored 9-3 in three games at the U-20 World Cup and exited in the first round with two losses and a tie.

Six questions on Klinsmann's Gold Cup options

Gold Cup rosters are due Thursday -- 23 players trimmed down from 35 for the Concacaf tournament that kicks off July 7.

MLS Power Rankings: Timbers stay top as RSL inches closer

Another sellout crowd at Jeld-Wen Field saw a vintage performance by Rodney Wallace as Portland downed Colorado, 3-0, Sunday to retain its spot atop the Power Rankings.

U.S. defense deserves kudos, too

As the euphoria of Jozy Altidore's four-game scoring streak begins to ebb, it's time to acknowledge a heartening trend at the other end of the field, namely, the lack of desperation situations imposed on keeper Tim Howard.

Dempsey subtler but no less important

The "heat map" is an interesting beast. Media outlets and Web sites use them to represent how extensively a player moves about the field and ostensibly, how much time he spends in each area he visits and how much energy he expends. From a heat map you can get an idea, for example, how much a left back got forward ...

MLS Power Rankings: Timbers Reach the Summit

Its shortened schedule to accommodate the FIFA international playing dates turned out to be a case of less is more for MLS.

A year out from the World Cup, then and now

The 2014 World Cup is about a year away. How does the U.S. team compare to its counterpart four years ago?

Panama game showcased U.S. growth

Just as far too much angst and worry were expressed in the wake of a 2-1 loss to Honduras in February, the amount of euphoria and adulation lavished on the 2-0 defeat of Panama Tuesday is probably a bit much. But only a bit.

Uncertainty remains for lots of U.S. players

As the USA moves closer to returning to the World Cup finals -- the path will widen considerably if it beats Honduras on Tuesday -- attention begins to turn to who would go.

U.S. Report Card: Dominant performances abound as USA throttles Panama

In its 2-0 win over Panama on Tuesday, its most convincing effort in the Hexagonal so far, the USA got stellar performances on the backline, in midfield and upfront.

Jurgen Klinsmann's best MLS friend

Jurgen Klinsmann and Sigi Schmid share a lot in common. Both are from the Stuttgart area in southern Germany, both speak Swabian, the local dialect, and both come from families that emphasize hard work.

Jamaica form confounds Hexagonal expectations

It seems as if many of the pundits, including this one, were wrong about the Hexagonal.

Salt Lake and Sounders Rise as Galaxy Slides

A light week of five games nevertheless produced some movement in the weekly Power Rankings, with Seattle and Real Salt Lake moving up in the Western Conference and the defending champion Galaxy sliding in the other direction.

Vacation can wait for Corona

One thing has become very apparent about the U.S. national team during this World Cup 2014 qualifying cycle: it pays to be flexible. Brad Evans, hero of the 2-1 win over Jamaica on Friday, is an extreme example.