(Photo courtesy chicago-fire.com)
There are times in a soccer match when scoring a goal can destroy the motivation for an opponent to mount a comeback. The New England Revolution were that team on Saturday shortly after Luis Solignac put the visiting Fire 2:0 up in the 61st minute. It was the kind of authoritative strike that resulted in the Revs looking like they were ready to pack it in. Good thing for them that they didn’t succumb completely, because Matt Lampson’s failure to punch a ball clear led to Antonio Delamea’s response nine minutes later, and a game that was surely in the bag became competitive once again. The Fire managed to close out for a 2:1 win, but there were more than a few heart palpitations along the way.
New England created enough opportunities to get something out of this game, but the shockingly poor quality of their finishing right in front of goal was their undoing. Despite outshooting the Fire by a gaudy 24-8 margin, the shots on target were far more even (5-4 in favor of New England). They might easily have scored four, with a bit of luck. Instead, they spent the 90 minutes chasing the game, because of what the Fire did to build that two-goal lead.
March Group C Qualifiers came to an end, not without controversy. OTF’s Joe Maskivish sums up the two matches against Guatemala…
Group C Qualification picks up for the Nats with a home-and-home matchup against Guatemala. OTF’s Joe Maskivish tells us how this CONCACAF clash looks from his view… Continue reading
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Fabian Johnson challenged by Oribe Peralta during USMNT vs Mexico match Saturday (via BostonHerald.com)
After the U.S. did not make the Gold Cup final earlier this year, it was clear that Jurgen Klinsman had been given a longer leash than previous National Team coaches like Bob Bradley and Bruce Arena. Now, after the US loss to Mexico on Saturday night and their match against Costa Rica tonight, we ask the OTF Staff: What changes (if any) need to be made to improve the United States Men’s National Team?
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…
Near the end of the Fire’s third loss in a row last Saturday, Alexi Lalas doubled-down on his flattery of second year stand-out Harry Shipp by suggesting that he was the Fire’s only “real” DP, and further stating that Harry may be “Too Good” to play for Chicago…
You heard, Peter (sportingkc.com)
USMNT editor Austin Fido has another look at Peter Vermes’ views on player fitness… Continue reading
Trophy seeks like-minded partner for long walks on the beach (fifa.com)
Austin Fido has a look at how CONCACAF’s teams fared in the FIFA 2015 U-20 World Cup draw… Continue reading
At his recent pace, he’ll hit 60 USMNT goals sometime in 2019…(101greatgoals.com)
One aspect of USMNT that doesn’t appear to be struggling in recent games is Jozy Altidore. Can he keep it going and crown his career with Landon Donovan’s national team scoring record? The roundtable considers…
Ismael Diaz will be happy to point you in the direction of New Zealand (rpctv.com)
Group A of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship is concluded. Austin Fido brings the round-up of the last two rounds… Continue reading
Jamaica has been unexpectedly good to Guatemala so far (sportsmax.tv)
Austin Fido checks in on Group A of the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Jamaica… Continue reading
Should the Fire man have got a USMNT call-up this January? (sbisoccer.com)
The USMNT roundtable has looked at the squad for Kamp Klinsi and is wondering whether there might have been an oversight…
A brand new year for USMNT. What do you want the Nats to deliver? (mlssoccer.com)
Time to turn the page on 2014. What lies ahead for USMNT in 2015? More importantly, what do you WANT to lie ahead for USMNT in 2015? The roundtable ponders the question..
Draws are very un-American (demotix.com)
OTF’s Joe Maskivish takes a look back at the USMNT’s draw against CONCACAF foe Honduras…
Just like you were in the summer, but with more Jozy this time (ussoccerplayers.com)
Austin Fido has a glance at USMNT and Honduras, two CONCACAF teams off to divergent starts to the new World Cup cycle… Continue reading
Farewell, LD (mlssoccer.com)
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 U.S. is 1-0 in the 2018 World Cup cycle (ussoccer.com)
OTF’s Joe Maskivish takes a look back at USMNT’s first step toward Russia 2018, a step taken in Prague…
Jurgen Klinsmann’s squad is back in action (topnews.in)
The United States begins its long march to Russia 2018. OTF’s Joe Maskivish takes a look at the upcoming friendly in Prague…
It’s like looking in a mirror (rantsports.com)
Timmy’s taking some time away from USMNT. Just like Landon did in 2013. So these two things are the same, right? Or not? The roundtable is in session…
It was good, but was it good enough? (theclassical.org)
Done. Dusted. On to the next one. But before we start looking ahead, let’s have one last think about USMNT in Brazil…
Cheer up, Cap’n. We’ve got the Gold Cup (businessinsider.com.au)
OTF’s Joe Maskivish recaps the USMNT’s Brazilian vacation and takes a look at what’s around the corner for the Yanks… Continue reading
Prince Harry opens the scoring for Belgium in extra time (philly.com)
T.J. Zaremba breaks down USMNT’s World Cup ending 2-1 heartbreaker…
Super Rica? You know, it has a nice ring to it… (dailymail.co.uk)
The round of 16 was hard on CONCACAF, but there’s still one flag from the region flying as the World Cup readies for its quarterfinals. Austin Fido looks back at the second round… Continue reading
We feel the same way, Jurgi (phillysportslive.com)
The dream is over and OTF’s Joe Maskivish brings the USMNT vs. Belgium review… Continue reading