As fans of the U.S. national team, we have skewed perceptions of what qualifies as hard times. As a fan of the UAE national team, I can vouch for that. For the Americans, World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, two of the top sides in the western hemisphere, ranks as a panic […]
Entries Tagged as 'Russia 2018'
March 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup
March 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Landon Donovan, Russia 2018, World Cup
Wow. It feels like the American soccer world emerged, in a span of 24 hours, from a dark and forlorn place and back onto the light and airy part of the global stage. A changing of the guard even as a veteran was back in the coaching box. … The goal-laden return of Clint Dempsey. […]
March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup
I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.
February 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Football, Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup
Great story out of Italy. FC Crotone, a small club from the south of Italy, qualified to play in the top-flight Seria A this season — a first for the team from the ancient city in the deep south of the country. As one might imagine, the local fans of calcio were quite excited, for […]
December 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Football, Galaxy, Landon Donovan, Russia 2018, soccer
Landon Donovan apparently is considering continuing on in Major League Soccer. This, after a couple of months of interesting-but-not-scintillating play with the LA Galaxy at the end of the 2016 season. That he could keep up at all is impressive, in his nine games back, during the autumn. He is 34, will be 35 in […]
December 27th, 2016 · 1 Comment · English Premier League, Football, France, Galaxy, Russia 2018, soccer
Well, that was ugly. And perhaps unfortunately timed. Bob Bradley, the first American to coach a team in one of Europe’s biggest five leagues, was fired by Swansea City today — only his 85th day on the job of the English Premier League club. He was a dead man walking since Swansea’s 4-1 home loss […]
November 21st, 2016 · No Comments · Football, Galaxy, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup
Jurgen Klinsmann was fired today and it looks as if the U.S. Soccer Federation is taking our advice on another matter, too: Bruce Arena as the new/old U.S. national team coach. That would be Bruce Arena, he of five MLS Cup championships, three with the LA Galaxy, and a quarterfinals run at the 2002 World […]