Category Archives: United States Men’s National Team (USMNT)

Content covering the United States Men’s National Team (USMSNT), the senior men’s soccer team in the United States.

We Have a CBA!



Great news, soccer fans! The MLS and MLSPA have ratified a new CBA, and the season looks to be on schedule to start April 3, 2021. In tonight’s episode, Nick and Mike give their takes on the negotiations, including what it means to have avoided a lockout/strike, what are the key provisions, and how does this set up future negotiations.

Next, the hosts dive into the latest transfers and loans from around the league, including:

  • Portland Timbers extend midfielder Eryk Williamson
  • DC United sign defender Michael DeShields
  • Austin FC sign striker Aaron Schoenfeld
  • Montreal acquire Ahmed Hamdi, Joaquin Torres, and Bjorn Johnsen
  • Atlanta United re-sign forward Cubo Torres
  • Orlando City sign defender Jonathan Suarez
  • Sporting KC sign defender Nicolas Isimat-Mirin

We close this episode discussion the latest USMNT roster news. Head Coach Gregg Berhalter gave a hint at which players will line up for Gold Cup action, Nations League matches, and World Cup qualifiers. Tune in for how we think the rosters will beak down.

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American Soccer Headlines and Reactions



Hey, soccer fans! Here are the latest headlines from around the American soccer landscape and my quick reactions. Make sure to follow all our social media content via Linktree and join the conversation: 

Pulisic reveals his new position for Tuchel at Chelsea

As much as I liked Pulisic as an attacking winger, his development as a ‘kind of false striker’ his going to make him more effective: more touches, more time in dangerous positions, and more versatility. This could also ripple to the USMNT.

Philadelphia Union unveil 2021 secondary jersey – designed by fans

Why do clubs even hire graphic designers anymore? Just outsource it to fans. Seems to have worked for Philly with their “electric” secondary jersey, and it would’ve worked for the Chicago Fire.

Will MLS owners lock players out?

No one wants a lockout. The league might not survive a lockout. Both sides are making concessions, a compromise is needed. As a fan, I’m angry this once again comes down to the wire. Deadlines make deals, but both sides have known about this for over six months. Continue reading American Soccer Headlines and Reactions


MLS Transfer Special! Review of USMNT vs. T&T



Clubs are making moves and we are discussing the biggest transfers and impactful signings around Major League Soccer. From Aaron Long staying put, Paul Arriola loaned out, and Frankie Amaya’s true worth, we’ve got it all. In the 2H we recap the USMNT’s victory vs. Trinidad & Tobago and what we can learn from the match.

Tune in for in-depth discussions on:

  • Bryan Reynolds signs with Roma
  • Atlanta waive striker Adam Jahn
  • Dike on loan from Orlando to Barnsley
  • LAFC loan out Rodriguez to Almeira
  • NYCFC’s Castellanos linked to a move in Brazil
  • Minnesota brings back quartet of core players
  • Colorado Rapids and Seattle Sounders add depth to their goalkeeping

Nick and Mike also recap the USMNT’s lopsided 7-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago. The goals are nice, the win is great, but the hunger and competition of the USA players is back. …not to mention the spectacular save by Matt Turner on T&T’s only shot on goal, a PK.

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USMNT Headlines and Reactions



Here are the latest USMNT headlines, and here are my reactions:

1. Julian Green’s USMNT plan: ‘Keep kicking butt’ until he gets another call

Soccer pundits and USMNT Twitter: “Stop calling up MLS players!”
Those same people: “That 2.Bundesliga player needs another chance!”

Irony aside, I’ve always been in favor of adding competition, and bringing back Julian Green would definitely mix things up in the midfield. Call him up and let’s see how he fits in!

2. Inside the mysterious catfishing scandal that shocked the American soccer community

Didn’t know if I should go with “People are the worst” or “Go figure. Twitter.”

3. Transfer news: USMNT’s Yedlin to join Galatasaray

Wish he was going to MLS, but I can understand his desire to stay in Europe and play top flight soccer (even though the Turskish Super League is second tier, at best). I hope Yedlin gets the chance to play in Champions League or Europa League. He is still in the mix for the USMNT roster, though depth at right back has grown.

4. Jozy Altidore is Still Here

We know, alright, we know!

Hopefully this call up is the nice send off Jozy deserves. Thanks for the memories, but for World Cup Qualifying, time to move on. Keep him in the mix for a depth piece on those Gold Cup squads. Still love seeing Jozy bag a few against Concacaf opponents.

5. USMNT keeper’s journey includes an atypical ascent, a ‘SportsCenter’ lowlight — and maybe a 2022 World Cup spot

Go get ‘em, Matt! Great back story and a bright future. With so many people (myself included) penciling in Zack Steffen as the de facto No. 1 GK for the US, I’m excited to see Turner compete for the No. 2 spot and, in a congested schedule for the USMNT in 2021, get his first start for the red, white, and blue.

What do you think about all the headlines and news from around the American soccer landscape?

Nick
Host, Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast


MLS is Back! USMNT is Back!



Hey, soccer fans! The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast is back…and so is the MLS (almost). We were excited to hear the announcement and are hopeful for a new CBA and a smooth start to the MLS’ 26th season. In this episode, we also talk about:

  • MLS Opening Day and Potential Issues
  • Collective Bargaining and Negotiations between MLSPA and MLS owners
  • SuperDraft Recap
  • Moves and Transfers
    • Nelson Rodriguez steps down for Fire
    • Jordan Morris to Swansea
    • Caden Clark to RB Leipzig
    • Lisandro Lopez to ATLUTD

And if the MLS announcement wasn’t excitement enough, the USMNT have announced a friendly to end their January camp. On the 31st, the Yanks will take on Trinidad & Tobago. We cover the rosters, the game plans, and what to expect as the US looks towards World Cup qualifying and other international competition.

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Do Something, USMNT! and Fire Youth Movement



Hey, soccer fans! Welcome back to the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast. We’ve got a real treat tonight as we continue talking USMNT. We look at their January camp roster, possible friendly vs. Serbia, and what we expect with a possible competitions they’ll play during 2021. We also get to know Matthew Hoppe, the young American taking Schalke 04 and the Bundesliga by storm.

In the second half, we look local, breaking down the Chicago Fire’s latest signings of four players 21 years old and under. We keep up with the Crew’s moves, and discuss the latest striker to join LAFC. Stay tuned for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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CCL: A Reflection, MLS Moves



Hey, soccer fan! The Sons of a Pitch are back, reflecting on all things Concacaf Champions League. LAFC was so close to being the first MLS team to bring home the CCL trophy in it’s modern iteration, but ultimately fell short vs. a determined Tigres team. Tune in for our takes on:

  • How big is the loss for club and league?
  • Can we measure MLS by CCL standards?
  • What’s holding back MLS sides from winning CCL?

In the second half, we discuss the various moves from around Major League Soccer, including:

  • What Wondo’s extension means for the San Jose Quakes
  • How BWP can help the Columbus Crew repeat as MLS Cup Champs
  • New England Revs upgrade their midfield attack

We also touch on some USMNT news surrounding Ayo Akinola’s CanMNT call up and the rumored friendly vs. Serbia. Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode of the Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast.

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USMNT Expectations vs. El Salvador



Hey, soccer fans, we’ve got USMNT soccer! And we’ve got a young, MLS based roster for Gregg Berhalter and the red, white, and blue. 21 of 23 roster spots are filled by MLS-based players. The USMNT will also showcase young talent. Most of the roster has only a handful of caps, if any at all. Given those factors, the quickly scheduled game, and Covid, what should we expect? I want to see three things from this game:

1. Play the System

We know GGG implemented a very particular system when he took over as manager of the USMNT. He used it to perform better than his talent with the Columbus Crew, and he’s used it to some success at the international level. If the players on the roster want a future with the USMNT, they’ll need to demonstrate their understanding of GGG’s tactics.

What does this mean? On offense, the defenders will need to play with composure out of the back, the midfielders will need to control possession – and find those long, diagonal passes when able – and the strikers will need to link up to break down the El Salvador back line. Defensively: keep shape, disrupt passing lanes, and don’t give up set-piece goals..

2. Build Depth

This roster is not even close to the USMNT best eleven. The only player on it with a chance to start in World Cup Qualifying is Walker Zimmerman. This game is about building depth. I’ll be watching for Paul Arriola and Aaron Long to prove they belong or play themselves off of GGG’s roster.

The most open spot for a young player is striker. Altidore is no longer a viable starter (injury, attitude), so Zardes is the next best option (form, experience, system knowledge). Sargent still has some growing, so the spot is open for emerging MLS stars Ayo Akinola and Daryl Dike. Akinola’s finishing ability and Dike’s size and hold-up play stand out. The USMNT needs a pure striker, and these two could fill that role.

3. Win.

The USMNT needs to re-establish a winning culture, and to do that, they need to win. Despite this roster looking like the USMNT’s “C” team, they still have the talent to beat an El Salvador team ranked 70th by FIFA – the 6th best team in Concacaf as of the November rankings. They also need to consistently beat Concacaf opponents. There should be no doubt the USMNT will walk off the field with a victory when facing other confederation teams. Back-to-back wins vs. Panama and El Salvador would go a long way to re-establishing the USMNT as the premier Concacaf nation, especially with this roster.

Get excited, USMNT fans! We’ve got international soccer and a Concacaf opponent. As you watch, look out for which players fit the system, who can fill senior roster depth, and cheer for the win.

Nick
The Sons of a Pitch: An American Soccer Podcast

And be sure to tune in to The Sons of a Pitch YouTube channel for our USMNT vs. El Salvador watch-along, featuring live commentary and love chat. Coverage of USMNT vs. El Salvador begins at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN News, UniMás and TUDN.


Wrecking Crew and MLS Cup Final Preview



Hey, soccer fans! We’re back talking the latest results from the MLS Cup Playoffs. Tune in for our takes on:

  • Seattle def. Dallas 1-0: Despite their dominance, the Sounders only find the back of the net once. Dallas failed to capitalize on their opponents scoring drought, and on this night, one goal was all it took to advance.
  • Minnesota def. Sporting KC 3-0: On one of Minnesota’s best offensive nights, Kansas City played perhaps their worst game of the season. They were completely out of sync, and the Loons took full advantage.
  • Columbus def. New England 1-0: Columbus returned to their wrecking crew ways from the begging on the season, as they make the MLS Cup Finals for the third time in club history. They did just enough to edge an evenly matched Revolution squad.

We also discuss the latest USMNT news, including their December 9, 2020 friendly against El Salvador. With a young, MLS based line-up, there’s lots to discuss and lots of names to learn.

Tune in for all this and more in tonight’s episode!

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