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This Is What World Cup Qualifying Disaster Feels Like

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

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 […]

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U.S. Soccer: Happy Days Are Here Again!

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. […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

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.

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Is the Future of U.S. Women’s Soccer … in Europe?

February 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, soccer, World Cup

U.S. midfielder Carli Lloyd, twice the Fifa women’s world player of the year, said this week she will spend three months this year playing for Manchester City of England’s Women’s Super League. This is the same Manchester City organization that has been competing for championships on the men’s side, in England, for the past half-dozen […]

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Ah, the ‘Go to Hospital, See a Match’ Scam

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 […]

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World Cup Expansion: Following the Money

January 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, soccer, World Cup

And you thought it was difficult to keep track of 32 World Cup teams … Starting with the 2026 tournament, Fifa will give Planet Soccer 48 national teams for its quadrennial event. If it seems like overkill, it is. Nearly one in four of Fifa’s 209 members will be at the 2026 World Cup, which […]

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4-3? Can We Do That Every Week?

December 4th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, English Premier League, Football, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I feel confident in saying I am as big a soccer fan as anyone in my age cohort who was born and raised in the United States. Came to the game late, got involved as a self-taught AYSO coach, volunteered to cover the U.S. national team, saw Paul Caligiuri’s Shot Heard Round the World, went […]

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Bruce Arena to the Rescue!

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 […]

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Time for Klinsmann to Go

November 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Fifa, Football, Landon Donovan, soccer, World Cup

It’s time. Jurgen Klinsmann must go. He now is inflicting real damage on the U.S. national soccer team. The U.S. Soccer Federation really has only One Job that fans insist it complete: Qualification for the Fifa World Cup. A limp and lifeless U.S. team was crushed 4-0 in Costa Rica tonight. The U.S. has lost […]

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Key Date for U.S. and UAE World Cup Qualifying

November 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Fifa, Football, Italy, soccer, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams. The U.S., of course, but also the UAE, after working six years in Abu Dhabi. Both teams have key matches in 2018 World Cup qualifying tomorrow. The Yanks play at Costa Rico, trying to avoid a second defeat to open Concacaf qualifying, following the 2-1 home loss to Mexico. […]

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