Tag: U.S. Soccer

Who Americans Are Rooting for at the 2018 World Cup

For the first time in more than 30 years, the United States men’s national soccer team will not be a participant in the FIFA World Cup. Continue reading “Who Americans Are Rooting for at the 2018 World Cup”

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Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States

Grant Wahl joined Sports Illustrated in 1996. Coincidentally, Major League Soccer played its inaugural season that same year in the United States.

Over the course of the past 20 years, Wahl has seen soccer and the MLS grow and improve in America. The league itself has doubled since its inception from 10 to 20 teams, will expand to 23 by the 2018 season and can be seen weekly on Fox Sports 1 and ESPN. Continue reading “Grant Wahl of Sports Illustrated on Soccer’s Growth in United States”

What it will take for U.S. Soccer to compete with world’s best

The United States Men’s National Team did it again.

They built up the hopes of soccer supporters — fanatics and casual observers alike — in a major tournament, but faltered when it mattered most. The USMNT was brought back down to Earth thanks to Lionel Messi and Argentina, losing 4-0 in the Copa America semifinal on Tuesday.

(Hey, at least there’s a third-place consolation game, right?)

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Abby Wambach’s DUI arrest: Another ‘role model’ setting a poor example

The United States Soccer Federation has hit a rough patch lately.

The United States Women’s National Team recently filed a wage-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Former USWNT star Abby Wambach on Sunday was arrested on a DUI charge and members of the United States Men’s National Team were publicly critical of the incident.

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Abby Wambach bashes ‘foreign guys’ on United States Men’s National Soccer Team

Mix Diskerud was on Cloud 9 when he signed with New York City FC on Jan. 13.

“Obviously I’m an American and now I have a chance to live in the States and I haven’t had that chance yet,” he later told me leading up to his debut season in the country. “That’s something I’ve been looking forward to.”

The midfielder was born in Oslo, Norway, to an American mother and Norwegian father. Mix played his entire professional soccer career in Norway until signing with New York City FC ahead of their inaugural season in Major League Soccer.

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Katherine Snedaker: A concussion specialist’s take on awareness, education and U.S. Soccer’s header guidelines

It was a fall day in 2008 and like many children, Charlie Snedaker was outside for recess at Roton Middle School in Norwalk, Conn.

WHAM!

Charlie was unsuspectingly struck in the head by a rogue soccer ball on Oct 27. The the impact resulted in a concussion and countless headaches that kept the sixth grader at home for the next three-and-a-half months; he wasn’t allowed to return to school until his headaches subsided.

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Former soccer player’s view on U.S. Soccer’s header guidelines

Like many children, I started playing recreational sports when I was 5 years old. I played soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and baseball in the spring — summers were for the beach.

As I got older, I realized I didn’t dribble a basketball too well nor could I hit a baseball that well either, so I ditched those sports and focused all of my energies on soccer.

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