U.S. national team: The red, white… and black?

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Last year, the United States national soccer team began wearing red, white, and (mostly) black uniforms during away games. Sure, they look attractive. But the black kits make it easy to forget you’re watching the U.S. national team, as opposed to some unidentified club team. To be fair, other national selections, such as The Netherlands, wear unpatriotic unflag-ly colors while playing soccer. But I don’t have to like it. Hopefully U.S. soccer returns to red, white, and blue for next year’s World Cup. read more

What’s the biggest USA soccer upset?

_imageAccording to collective Washington Post readers, U.S. over England in the 1950 World Cup tops them all. That result certainly garnered the most international publicity, I’m told, so it’s easy to see why it won.

In second place, readers chose U.S. over No. 1 ranked Spain during this year’s FIFA Confederations Cup, a warm up tournament held before the World Cup. I saw that match, and while thrilling, it wasn’t as exciting as USA over Portugal at the 2002 World Cup, which readers ranked as the third biggest upset in U.S. history. read more

U.S. soccer prez on World Cup chances: “Why play unless you believe you can win?”

Sunil GulatiThe United States national team, once the David of international soccer, is growing up. Slowly, but growing. He qualified for his sixth consecutive World Cup last month. He has been in the quarter finals twice, and many people see him as the most formidable rising soccer power. But can he win the world championship? read more

Donovan, Altidore, and Howard in cat fight for U.S. “Player of the Year”

Facetious headline aside, the three are competing finalist for the 2009 Honda Player of the Year, which recognizes the most important player from the men’s national team. Donovan has won the award five times, including the last two years. Howard is a finalist for the third year in the row, and 19 year-old Altidore is a first-time finalist. read more

Top 10 dumbest World Cup mascots

World Cup 2010 mascot, Top 10 dumbest World Cup mascots

Pictured above is the official mascot for the 2010 World Cup. I bet you’re frothing at the mouth for soccer right now. First created for the ’66 cup in England, World Cup mascots are suppose to symbolize the host country. In reality, they do a terrible job while looking ridiculous.

While some are forgivable (Juanito at Mexico ’70, for example), the following are more pathetic than a Brazilian flopping on the field like he had just been doused with face-melting acid. So as we gear up for South Africa, here are the top 10 dumbest-looking World Cup mascots ever: read more

We call it soccer: Here’s how American international stars played for their club teams this weekend

Here’s a run down of the action, care of The MNT Blog:Tim Howard, Everton

  • Clint Dempsey and Fulham handed Tim Howard and Everton a defeat on Sunday. The Cottagers won 2-1, with Dempsey playing the full 90 minutes.
  • Carlos Bocanegra helped Rennes to a 1-0 victory against St. Etienne. Bocanegra came on as a late sub after a busy week for the U.S. captain.
  • Steve Cherundolo played 90 minutes in a Hannover’s 0-0 draw with Werder Bremen.
  • Benny Feilhaber played the full game but Aarhus slipped to their first defeat of the season against Brøndby.
  • On Saturday, Jozy Altidore came on as a second half sub in Hull City’s 4-1 defeat to Sunderland. HIGHLIGHTS
  • Charlie Davies started for Sochaux, who were defeated 1-0 by Lille on Saturday.
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