The United States Must Build All Lineups around Christian Pulisic

The United States Must Build All Lineups around Christian Pulisic Christian Pulisic should be the first name on the United States’ team sheet, and he should be on the team sheet in the Number 10 role. When Bruce Arena first deployed Pulisic as a Number 10 beneath Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore, what Arena did … Read more

Michael Bradley Scores Totti-esque Chipped Golazo Against Mexico

Michael Bradley Scores Totti-esque Chipped Golazo Against Mexico Michael Bradley scored a stunning golazo against Mexico in Sunday in World Cup qualifying when he chipped Mexico’s goalkeeper Memo Ochoa from some 40 yards out while sprinting. Bradley’s goal was worthy of Francesco Totti who lived to score by the cucchiaio, as it’s called in Italian. … Read more

Christian Pulisic Represents a New Level for American Soccer Players

Christian Pulisic Represents a New Level for American Soccer Players Christian Pulisic is the first American soccer player to be starting at an attacking position for a top European club team. That already makes him different than other top American soccer players in the past. The 18-year-old attacking midfielder from Pennsylvania Pulisic is not only … Read more

Who Should the United States Start Against Mexico in World Cup qualifying?

Who Should the United States Start Against Mexico in World Cup qualifying? Except for starting Jozy Altidore over Bobby Wood at center forward, coach Bruce Arena got his United States lineup right in the World Cup qualifying win over Trinidad and Tobago in Denver. The United States beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-0 as they should … Read more

Bruce Arena’s Forward Options for the U.S. National Team

Bruce Arena’s Forward Options for the United States Men’s National Team Bruce Arena has five good forwards for arguably only four forward roster spots. Some of these forwards are clearly better than the others. For starters, Clint Dempsey is the best forward in the pool, and the best American soccer player ever. Next, Bobby Wood … Read more

Takeaways from the United States’ World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and Panama

Takeaways from the United States’ World Cup Qualifiers against Honduras and Panama The United States beat Honduras and drew with Panama for an important four points in World Cup qualifying, but the United States should have taken the full six points from these two games. Bruce Arena reverted to an overly conservative lineup against Panama … Read more

The United States Lineup Was Too Conservative in Draw Against Panama

The United States Lineup Was Too Conservative in Draw Against Panama Bruce Arena fielded an overly conservative United States lineup featuring Jermaine Jones against Panama, and the team showed less passing and attacking prowess in a 1-1 tie. The United States could have used the full three points against a Panama squad that is frankly … Read more

Who Should the United States against Panama?

Who Should the United States against Panama? Whatever Bruce Arena does, he should be sure not to change the attack-minded nature of the United States’ lineup that beat Honduras 6-0. Arena only used one defensive midfielder, Michael Bradley, as opposed to using a defensive midfielder and a box-to-box midfielder, and this allowed the United States … Read more

Clint Dempsey Is Still Underrated and Disrespected by Americans

Clint Dempsey Is Still Underrated and Disrespected By Americans At a certain point, underrating someone crosses the line into disrespecting someone, and that applies to Clint Dempsey. Many media members and fans will insist that Dempsey isn’t the best American soccer player ever, and this is very hard to understand. Dempsey has been displaying individual … Read more