With the U.S. using an almost completely different roster from the first-choice team that won three straight World Cup qualifiers in June, the Gold Cup served as an extended audition for many players looking to work their way into the squad going to Brazil next summer.
Gus Johnson has called a couple of big time soccer games. He has a few Champion's League matches and some Premier League games under his belt. And guess what? The soccer world has not imploded, yet.
The excitement around the new league is building and I think 2013 could be the year that a women's professional league is successful in the United States.
During the Cowboys opening night win over the Giants, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was seen on camera having his son-in-law wipe his glasses for him. Well he's received so much ribbing he now wants to have the last laugh.
Off the Post sits down with U.S. Soccer Federation President and economics professor, Sunil Gulati, to talk about the U.S. Women's quest for Olympic gold, World Cup 2014, Wall Street regulation -- and whether he'll play on my Sunday league soccer team.
I caught up with former U.S. Men's National Team defender and current sports analyst, Alexi Lalas, to talk about the 1994 World Cup, David Beckham, the future of soccer in the United States and his tentative predilection for West Coast hip hop.
A 4-1 loss to Brazil seemed to bring the yanks back to reality, but a loss to Brazil can never be considered too much of a defeat. But then there was Sunday: a 0-0 draw to Canada in Toronto... a draw to Canada? That can't be viewed as anything, but a major set-back right?
After taking over the helm in 2011 in place of the stern Bob Bradley, Jurgen Klinsmann insisted on a root and branch reform to the way the U.S. national team plays soccer.
So why is soccer popular with American youth? Blame Landon Donovan for setting off "U.S.A!" chants heard across the nation during the last World Cup.
Tim Howard jumps, dives and saves, a man of action. When his defenders mess up, he is a man of words. Ouch! That stung. When he is standing in his area waiting for something to happen, he is a dreamer.
Lesson learned. Typical jugglers, which include working moms, could all probably benefit from enjoying moments of life that really don't require us to be in control.
Brazil 2014 is about to rise over the horizon. Klinsmann and the team have much swimming to do. Deeper into the World Cup is the target.
Rise and Shine -- The Jay DeMerit Story, directed by Nick Lewis and Ranko Tutulugdzija, is a fantastic bio-documentary screened last week at the Kicking and Screening Soccer Film Festival in New York.
While the future of American soccer was unlikely to be determined by the American team's World Cup performance, the impressive showing should lead to even more passion about soccer as a spectator sport, both for the men's and women's pro leagues.
We have lost the joy that comes from challenging ourselves to compete, and from knowing that we have given our best effort, even if we didn't win.
Make sure to plop your kids in front of the TV for a good two hours straight this Sunday. It's important. Sports -- like other cultural diversions -- provide a contemporary backdrop for family bonding.