How The Confederations Cup Affects The Future US Starting XI

landon_donovan_gaydar4The US flirted with prominence at the Confederations Cup, but the real South African test comes in 2010.  Qualification should be inevitable, and the next few months will be spent finalizing squad positions. The US should field a similar 4-4-1-1 formation, morphing into a 4-5-1 or a 4-4-2 depending on how advanced the secondary striker plays. Here is how we see that shaping out. (Continued)


The US Lost to Brazil, 3-2, But Did Impress

Tim HowardThe US Lost to Brazil 3-2 But Did Impress: The United States faced the most prestigious national team on the planet, on the grandest stage men’s soccer in this country has seen.  They competed and were, for 45 minutes, dominant.  They acquitted themselves as equals.  Though the result disappointed, their effort resounded through the soccer world.  It was one loss to Brazil, but it was worth ten wins against Mexico.

Confederations Cup Final Preview

337092_206x261Can the U.S. Beat Brazil? Within one week, the U.S. Men’s National Team disposed of the reigning African and European champions, Egypt and Spain, by a combined 5-0 score.  These efforts propelled the team from a neglected embarrassment to a crew of miraculous heroes.  However, for the most part psychologically, the final against Brazil will be different.