23 Seats on the Plane – Who Goes to Brazil? (October 2013 Edition)

October 12, 2013
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Last night, the United States men’s national team defeated Jamaica in its last home World Cup qualifier. The game meant little as the U.S. has already qualified for the World Cup, but it was another important opportunity for head coach Jurgen Klinsmann to look at his team. At this point, every game counts for...

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Michael Bradley and John Anthony Brooks Injuries Mean Missed Opportunities for USMNT

October 2, 2013
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On Tuesday, speaking to reporters before the U.S. Open Cup Final, United States men’s national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann confirmed to reporters that both Michael Bradley and John Anthony Brooks will miss the October qualifiers due to injury. While the U.S. had already qualified for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil thanks to...

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An American Outlaws Chapter in Europe?

September 20, 2013
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American Outlaws, the unofficial supporter’s group of U.S. Soccer, is the epitome of a grassroots organization. To create a local chapter (at least an official one), all one has to do is find 25 like-minded U.S. Soccer supporters who are willing to pay dues to the national AO organization and find a bar for...

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Danny Williams: An Update on His Progress at Reading FC

September 15, 2013
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One year ago, in Columbus, Ohio, Danny Williams started for the United States men’s national team against Jamaica and put in a performance which cemented him into the starting XI in the opinion of many USMNT fans. One year later, after falling out of favor at Hoffenheim and putting in several sub-par games with...

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Costa Rica v. USMNT: Costa Ricans having fun with their gamesmanship

September 5, 2013
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Preparing for tomorrow’s United States men’s national team game against Costa Rica, Jurgen Klinsmann was doing an interview when he got “trolled” by this Costa Rican “cow”. At least they’re having fun with their gamesmanship. John D. Halloran johnhalloran@hotmail.com Follow @AmerTouchline

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USWNT v. Mexico: 3 Thoughts from the U.S.’ Win

September 3, 2013
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The United States women’s national team continued its 12-game unbeaten streak under head coach Tom Sermanni in 2013, beating Mexico 7-0 on Tuesday night. Here are three thoughts from the win. The U.S. has a serious dilemma (in a good way) at forward With Alex Morgan sidelined with an MCL sprain suffered during the...

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Portland Thorns Defeat Western New York Flash in NWSL Final: 6 Thoughts from the Inaugural NWSL Season

August 31, 2013
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With the Portland Thorns defeating the Western New York Flash in the NWSL Final on Saturday night, the inaugural season of the National Women’s Soccer League is done and dusted. After 22 regular season games and three playoff matches, here are six, somewhat random, thoughts. Congratulations to the Portland Thorns A lot of credit...

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Jason Sudeikis Becomes the New Manager of Tottenham Hotspur

August 4, 2013
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NBC has taken over the broadcasting rights of the English Premier League for the 2013-14 season and produced this fantastic parody featuring Jason Sudeikis as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur to promote their coverage. It is absolutely terrific and a must see. Enjoy! John D. Halloran johnhalloran@hotmail.com Follow @AmerTouchline

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Rafa Marquez Questions Major League Soccer’s “Professionalism”

July 10, 2013
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Today, former New York Red Bull and Mexican national team captain Rafa Marquez made some comments about Major League Soccer. Rafa Marquez on Barcelona radio show: “I think that soccer in the United States still lacks a lot of professionalism in certain aspects." — Tom Marshall (@mexicoworldcup) July 11, 2013 It’s a bit hard...

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Every Minute of Playing Time in the Jurgen Klinsmann Era (updated July 4, 2013)

July 4, 2013
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A few months back, I put together a spreadsheet of every minute of playing time in the Jurgen Klinsmann era. Here it is again with updates from the March World Cup qualifiers and the May/June games. Klinsmann Era 7.3.13 Interesting tidbits Tim Howard leads all players in minutes with 2,186. Carlos Bocanegra, whose international...

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Women’s Soccer Still Fighting for Equality

June 7, 2013
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Two stories over this past week have highlighted a disturbing fact—despite the progress of women’s soccer over the past two decades, it is still not afforded the respect that men’s soccer receives. The first story involves the controversy related to Sydney Leroux’s goal celebration in last Sunday’s United States women’s national team game against...

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How Great Was Sydney Leroux’s Goal Celebration Today?

June 2, 2013
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I guess as a USMNT fan I should have some sympathy for the Canadian fans who want to boo Sydney Leroux. After all, Leroux was born and grew up in Canada, but chose to represent the U.S. internationally. USMNT fans, myself included, have never really forgiven Giuseppe Rossi for essentially doing the same thing...

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Pump Up Videos for USWNT vs. Canada

June 2, 2013
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The United States women’s national team game today is being overshadowed a bit by the men’s game v. Germany, but it should be an epic game as the women take on Canada at 4:30 ET on ESPNews. Here are some great videos to pump you up for the match. John D. Halloran johnhalloran@hotmail.com Follow...

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Alejandro Bedoya Scores and Picks up an Assist – Video

June 1, 2013
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Alejandro Bedoya scored a goal and picked up a very nice assist today in Helsingborg’s 3-0 win over Atvidaberg. Check out the highlights here. John D. Halloran johnhalloran@hotmail.com Follow @AmerTouchline

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23 Seats on the Plane – Who Goes to Brazil?

June 1, 2013
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Yesterday, the U.S.’ provisional roster for the Gold Cup was released. Considering the fact that the Gold Cup is really the last opportunity for Jurgen Klinsmann to take a long look at players on the outside of the United States men’s national team looking in, I thought it would be helpful to create a...

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