March Group C Qualifiers came to an end, not without controversy. OTF’s Joe Maskivish sums up the two matches against Guatemala…
US National Team Coach and Technical Director Jurgen Klinsmann has taken on the role of punching bag since July. It has been the rockiest stretch of his tenure so far, following a fourth-place finish in the 2015 CONACAF Gold Cup, a crucial loss to Honduras by the U-23s in Olympic soccer qualifying, and then last Saturday’s defeat to Mexico for a berth in the 2017 Confederations Cup. One of Klinsmann’s former players, Landon Donovan, suggested that this degree of failure would cost a coach his job in another country.
True to the mission statement of OTF, my recap of last night’s United States vs. Mexico match will be a mix of analysis, insight and fluff. I’ll mix it up by starting with some insight, followed by some fluff and a snippet of analysis.
Insight: Is a “Friendly” Ever Friendly?
The term “friendly” is a misnomer of sorts when the term involves United State vs. Mexico. Regardless of where played or what’s at stake, a “friendly” match between the US and Mexico can be anything but friendly. As the highlights of the pre-game show demonstrated, shoving matches and stare downs are common place…
USMNT editor Austin Fido has another look at Peter Vermes’ views on player fitness… Continue reading
Austin Fido has a glance at USMNT and Honduras, two CONCACAF teams off to divergent starts to the new World Cup cycle… Continue reading
It’s Landon’s last day, but Austin Fido wonders whether USMNT vs. Ecuador might be the start of something for a new name or two… Continue reading
The United States begins its long march to Russia 2018. OTF’s Joe Maskivish takes a look at the upcoming friendly in Prague…