Life isn’t all sunny days and lollipops. Sometimes, it rains on our parade. Sometimes, a player for the US national team doesn’t get that ticket to the World Cup. Here are a few stunning displays in either friendlies or World Cup qualifying by US players that didn’t add up to a tournament invitation.
Shed a tear for these poor guys. So close, yet so far. Continue reading “Friendly Ire: Past USMNT Near Misses” »
The US men’s national team currently has a friendly scheduled vs.
the Ukraine. (No article: here’s why) As a team that narrowly lost to France in a two-legged playoff, it promised to be a stern test for the team. However, the recent violence in political developments have raised the specter that the game may be moved and/or even called off. Despite a recent peace deal signed last Friday, nobody knows if the other side will respect it. The President has left the country and the PM has been released, but will the loyalists put down their arms?
We decided to ask a sample of US soccer fans what they thought about the game and this highly volatile situation. Continue reading “Ask An American Soccer Fan: Pending Ukraine Friendly” »
Crowdsourcing! I know, what is this, 2011? Please, just give me a few seconds to explain the urgency and immediacy of this situation. Continue reading “An Important Crowdsourcing Announcement Regarding a Crowdsourcing Opportunity” »
Ahh, nothing is more relaxing than aural pleasure, no? Now that I have relocated to a major metropolitan area, each morning and evening I look forward to gridlock, accidents, folks changing lanes without turning on their signals, overturned cars, ambulances, fire trucks, and folks turning on signals and not changing lanes. What could be more blissful?
Luckily, my iPhone is regularly loaded with some lovely podcasts.Here they are: Continue reading “Soccer Lynx: Open the Soccer Pod(Cast) Doors, Hal” »
The soccersphere in the US is a pretty depressed (and depressing) place. Why? Well, the US got a pretty tough draw in the World Cup: Ghana, Germany, and Portugal. It’s been dubbed a Group of Death even though ESPN stats guru Nate Silver gives the US a 39% chance of advancing, about even with Portugal.
Why all the pessimism? Why are glasses so half-empty? Here are the practical and metaphysical reasons: Continue reading “The US Soccer Men’s National Team and the Group of Destiny” »
Futfanatico is a blog for the people and by the people. Thus, once again, we surveyed some American soccer fans on what they thought about the recent US-Soccer game and international soccer friendlies in general. The responses are not surprising, but still are illuminating. Continue reading “Ask An American Soccer Fan: International Friendlies” »
We’ve all seen the EPL on NBC ads. The execution is amusing and I did chuckle a bit. However, the undertone is depressingly similar to the lamestream “soccer as other” take. The premise is that soccer is “foreign” and thus we should dislike it. This is very similar to the “soccer as feminine” line of thought. Both attempt to depict the United States as a proudly nativist, robust heterosexual male who dominates all worthy endeavors. Soccer is foreign and feminine, and thus will “never catch on.”
I don’t give two shits if soccer goes mainstream. I love the sport. But, with your indulgence, I’d like to write as an abrasive talk show radio host and take the opposite angle on soccer and the US.
Continue reading “Soccer has an “America” problem and it’s not what you think” »
Yes, I’m on a blogging break. However, I still get around. That is to say, I am ambulatory. My legs function. I walk. I stand. I move. My hands also enjoy a full range of movement, not limited to swiping on an iPad and typing on an ergonomic keyboard. Here are some cool spots where you can find my written word on soccer: Continue reading “Elliott Turner Continues to Get Around” »
It is easier to destroy than to create. Everybody is an expert at second-guessing everybody else, and the internet now allows millions of folks sitting at computers to hate on any person, team, and object under the sun. This is especially true of sports teams, and, more decidedly, the coaches of those teams. Recently, more US fans have started to follow soccer. Some have even drawn their beads on our current head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. There’s just one problem: he’s led the US to four straight World Cup qualifying victories and a deep Gold Cup run.
Despite this recent run, though, no coach is bulletproof. Haters will hate. However, it’s not enough to just hate – you need some ammunition to be able to spread your hatorade. Just follow these ten tips and you will be able to criticize any national team coach at any time, including Jurgen Klinsmann, no matter how much they succeed. Continue reading “Soccer Coaches and the Dark Art of Surreptitious Ad Hominem” »
Bilingual fans of the USMNT often enjoy the dual delight of Spanish and English language TV broadcasts. We benefit from selection and competition. If an anglo announcer is disinterested or off his game, then we can switch to Univision a familiar cry of “Gooooolllllll!!!!” If the latinos are a bit over the top, then we can flip over to some dry humor and light commentary. As the USMNT has incorporated more chicano (American of Hispanic descent) players, though, an annoying trend has started: negative and sometimes offensive nicknames for chicano players.
At least in Spanish-language broadcasts. Continue reading “Just What Makes Edgar Castillo a “Homie”?” »