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Lackluster U.S. Fall to Brazil, 2-0

Posted on 11 August 2010 by ASN Staff

A Brazilian national team missing several starters from the World Cup easily defeated a “B+” U.S. side on Tuesday night at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Teenage phenom Neymar and Alexandre Pato scored first half goals for the visitors, whose victory never really seemed in doubt outside of a chance by Landon Donovan in the opening minutes. The U.S. looked rusty and seemed uninspired, if not wholly uninterested in the proceedings on the pitch. Few Yanks outside of Maurice Edu and Benny Feilhaber showed any real workrate.

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Should Bob Bradley stay or go?

Posted on 27 June 2010 by ASN Staff

We’ve all had a night to sleep on it. And a day to reflect. The U.S. national soccer team’s round of 16 defeat to Ghana is now more than 24 hours old. Whatever irrational thoughts U.S. soccer fans might have had immediately following the final whistle have now (hopefully) made way for more rational discourse. Vote here.

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The dream ends as Yanks come up short vs Ghana

Posted on 26 June 2010 by ASN Staff

The U.S. Men’s National Team lost their round of 16 match to Ghana 2-1 in extra time at Rustenburg on Saturday night. The loss ends the Americans’ World Cup and leads to the inevitable second-guessing of coaching and substitution decisions on behalf of Bob Bradley. More on that and other matters in our match report.

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Algeria players, coach sing Yanks’ praises

Posted on 24 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Algeria’s head coach and several of the team’s players showed themselves gracious in defeat yesterday, after their team was eliminated from the 2010 World Cup at the hand of the U.S. Men’s National Team. The result, a 1-0 decision in the Americans’ favor, is being hailed as a watershed event for U.S. soccer. Several members of the Algerian contingent came away impressed as well. Read the story here.

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A historical triumph for U.S. soccer

Posted on 23 June 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

The U.S. Men’s National Team defeated their Algerian counterparts 1-0 in a test of wills that went down to the final moments at Pretoria Wednesday afternoon. With the dramatic victory, the U.S. capture Group C and advance to the round of 16 at the 2010 World Cup. The game has unleashed a tirade of superlatives, with no less an authority than U.S. Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati calling it “the most important win in the history of U.S. soccer.”

The winning goal came off the boot of Landon Donovan, for whom the victory was particularly emotional. Read his reaction and more in the ASN match report.

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Dempsey: “We had three goals”

Posted on 20 June 2010 by ASN Staff

ASN snagged this exclusive and, it turns out unauthorized, interview with Clint Dempsey in the “mixed zone” at Ellis Park Stadium immediately following the U.S. Men’s National Team’s 2-2 draw with Slovenia on Friday. Enjoy the video, because it turns out we ran afoul of FIFA ordinances when shooting it–an infraction that earned us a healthy tongue-lashing from the FIFA official in charge. Continue to the story here.

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U.S. still with everything to play for after comeback draw v Slovenia

Posted on 18 June 2010 by ASN Staff

Michael Bradley’s goal eight minutes from time drew the U.S. Men’s National Team level with Slovenia on Friday afternoon at Ellis Park Stadium in Johannesburg. The goal capped a furious comeback from a 2-0 halftime deficit and leaves the U.S. in control of its own destiny; a two goal victory over Algeria on Wednesday will put the Yanks through to the round of 16 regardless of what happens in other Group C games. But really, this game should have gone down as a 3-2 victory. The Yanks were robbed by a phantom foul call on, well, nobody knows exactly. We’ve got video of Carlos Bocanegra’s reaction in the mixed zone and more so click here now!

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Who the *** is Andrej Komac?

Posted on 16 June 2010 by ASN Staff

As you’ve probably heard by now, Slovenian midfielder Andrej Komac has guaranteed victory over the U.S. national team in Friday’s clash between the two Group C foes. That’s nice of him to provide motivation to the U.S. players. Surely with this being only a World Cup game they can use the extra spark. Read the story here.

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Howard ready to go and Yanks will need him

Posted on 15 June 2010 by ASN Staff

The United States Men’s National Team faces Slovenia Friday in a crucial group stage match that will go a long way toward determining their chances of advancing to the elimination round. The team’s best player, goalkeeper Tim Howard, has been cleared to play according to a statement from the U.S. Soccer Federation. This is a good thing because the Slovenian attack could present a difficult challenge for an American defense that looked porous in the 1-1 draw with England.

Read on at our USMNT page.

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Rustenburg and the lessons learned

Posted on 13 June 2010 by Nathaniel E. Baker

Howard was the man against England ©ASN

“England starting to get a little lackadaisical?” This is, no joke, a line from my match notes, right before Robert Greene’s gaffe gifted the U.S. Men’s National Team the equalizer at Rustenburg’s Royal Bafokeng Stadium. There would be no more goals on the night. The 1-1 score held up as final. On a chilly night in South Africa’s North West province, 38,646 spectators (5,354 short of a sellout, which explains why this guy was able to procure a ticket at half of face value 30 minutes before kick off) witnessed a thrilling match that certainly held up to expectations.

England were probably better on the night–perhaps even clearly better. But it would be incorrect to say the draw flatters the U.S., who once again made up for their technical shortcomings with resolve, workrate and what the French call a certain esprit de corps (group morale, pretty much). And of course terrific goalkeeping from Tim Howard.

Problem is, these have always been the U.S. team’s strengths. And its weaknesses–a slow, error-prone defense and lack of creativity in midfield, primarily–were on full display as well.

Read on at our USMNT page.

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