By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 8, 2014) US Soccer Players – The USMNT finished the 2014 World Cup Send-Off Series with a 2-1 win over Nigeria. The game itself was the conclusion on 270 minutes of soccer that shouldn't convince anybody that we have a clear idea of what happens against Ghana and the rest of Group G. There was no statement of purpose on the part of Jurgen Klinsmann's USMNT, . . .
By Jason Davis - WASHINGTON, DC (June 6, 2014) US Soccer Players - We're less than a week away from the kickoff of games in Brazil, host of the 2014 World Cup and one of the most soccer-obsessed countries on Earth. The conversation over that country’s struggle with the World Cup process looms ominously over what was supposed to be an uplifting celebration of the sport. Protests loom just like . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 5, 2014) US Soccer Players – From the day the USMNT learned their 2014 World Cup Group G fate, the focus fell squarely on the opening game. Like the sign in the stands at Sunday's World Cup warm-up friendly reads, 'Beat Ghana'. As the standard scenario goes, if the USMNT carries three points into the second match day, they remain in contention to . . .
FIFA released the world rankings for June 2014 on Thursday, with the USMNT moving to 13th-place the week before the World Cup. Spain keeps the top spot in the FIFA Rankings with an 185-point lead over 2nd-place Germany. Brazil is 3rd with Portugal in 4th and Argentina rounding out the top 5. The schedule for this rankings period mainly involves World Cup warm-up friendlies. For the USMNT, World . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (June 2, 2014) US Soccer Players – Although the attention of soccer fans is squarely on the 2014 World Cup, there’s no reason to ignore MLS. Although MLS will take a two-week break starting June 11, in time for the World Cup opener, you can still get your domestic league fix by tuning into what's going on in Brazil. For the USMNT, the growth and development of MLS . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (June 1, 2014) US Soccer Players – The USMNT showed they could make adjustments in game situations, beating Turkey in a 2014 World Cup warm-up friendly on Sunday at Red Bull Arena. The USMNT overcame several early issues to adjust, take a lead, and hold onto it. Here are five points the USMNT made against Turkey. Risk vs Reward in a Friendly Saturday's friendly . . .
The USMNT picked up its second 2014 World Cup Send-Off Series shutout with a 2-1 win over Turkey at Red Bull Arena. The USMNT overcame some early issues to produce a quality opening goal. USMNT midfielder Michael Bradley found Fabian Johnson with a perfectly timed pass to open the scoring in the 26th minute. Clint Dempsey made it 2-0 in the 52nd minute taking advantage of a Turkey defensive . . .
By J Hutcherson - WASHINGTON, DC (May 30, 2014) US Soccer Players – The USMNT returns to action in game two of the 2014 World Cup Send-Off Series, switching coasts for a Sunday friendly against Turkey (2pm ET - ESPN2). This game should pose more problems for USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann to solve. Like Azerbaijan in the opening Send-Off Series game, Turkey isn't going to the World Cup. However, . . .
By Luis Bueno - RIVERSIDE, CA (May 28, 2014) US Soccer Players - As a player, Miguel Herrera was never a standout but always reliable. His work rate helped him earn Mexico call-ups and in 1994 he was on the brink of making the World Cup squad. Instead, Herrera was banished and left home without much explanation as to why he did not make the team. The experience was bitter, but it helped forge . . .
The USMNT opened the 2014 World Cup Send-Off Series with a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Mix Diskerud scored for the USMNT shortly after subbing into the game. Diskerud took advantage of a Michael Bradley rebound for the opening goal in the 75th minute. Fellow second-half substitute Aron Johannsson made it 2-0 USMNT heading in a Brad Davis cross in the 81st . . .