USA Men's Soccer Thread

I had hoped the US would progress further in the Copa América to see how it would have fared against a top side such as Argentina. CONCACAF matches and friendlies are not much of a litmus test for how good a team is.

I think the US team is currently better than Canada’s but that may change by 2026 when the recent additions to Canada’s team will have two more years’ experience. The inexperience showed against Argentina yesterday but there is a lot of young talent on the Canadian team. No Mbappe, Yamal or Bellingham however!

Berhalter is out

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I get why people are salivating over the possibility of Klopp coaching the USMNT. Sure, call him, but I doubt he takes the job.

Who do I like among the more realistic possibilities? Thomas Frank is high on my list. He said this after the season ended with Brentford: “I’m happy here. I’ve said it many times and I mean it. It’s close to the perfect football life. I’m not in any rush or searching to do something else but I also think I’ve learned in life I’m open for what can happen.”

Why do I like him? Took a low budget/less talented team to the Premier league and they stayed up for 3 straight seasons now. I like this quote from a current Athletic article “His 5-3-2 formation is combative, disciplined, and a nightmare to play against. In the past three seasons, only Brighton have taken more than Brentford’s 35 points against the ‘Big Six’ in the Premier League, with the west London side securing two wins over Manchester City, three over Chelsea, and a 4-0 thrashing of Manchester United.” He’s relatively young (50) and well regarded.

A lot of that is the analytics team. What he does with the team in practices and during matches is pretty damn good, too.

That said, finding players for a club is not the same as finding players for a country.

Looks like Jurgen won’t bite:

Maybe after his one-year vacation, he can come in. It would tarnish his legacy, as this job does to everyone who touches it.

Jill Ellis might be available soon.

I think the worst thing the next USMNT coach has to deal with is a team of players who don’t have to fight for WC 2026 qualification, and no real competition to compare the older guys to the younger and hopefully hungrier ones.
Besides the complete lack of depth relative to, say, the top 15 or so.

The only upcoming games I see scheduled for the USA and Canada are matches in the USA against each other and Mexico in September? Hopefully there will be many friendlies with non-CONCACAF teams before 2026 WC

Well, Euro are playing Nations Cup in Sep/Oct/Nov, so no chances until March, when WC qualifiers start and there will be six Groups of 5 teams playing, so some will have a bye. CONMEBOL’s dance card is full, playing 12 more matches over the next six windows.

I don’t have anything against Cherundolo. Maybe he is the best manager the USMNT can get.

However, I will be extremely annoyed if USSF just appoints him without doing a proper search. Maybe someone at the USSF has a brother they would like to tap for the job without interviewing anyone else again.

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Jesse Marsch basically barbecued the USSF. Not interested in USMNT without changes in leadership

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Also needs better players, but I guess he is pretty happy with the CAN team and its expectations (way lower than USA’s too-high expectations; also CAN are more polite – punch your nose then they say sohrry) and its automatic qualifying into WC26.

I am warming up to Jesse Marsch. I quite liked how he gave the inexperienced Canadian youngsters a chance to play yesterday and they responded with energy as well as rookie mistakes.

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Wait … there’s more soccer? When does it stop? I’m ready for Football, the Taylor Swift kind. :slight_smile:

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Soccer never stops. Olympics start soon.

If it’s not the World Cup, I don’t have any interest.

I think the Women’s Olympics is a serious event and I will watch that. Not the men’s Olympics though.

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Bump for U20.

I guess males under 20 can be considered men so will move my U-20 post to this thread.

“Not sure where to put this but the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship starts today. Relatively minor tournament but still a bit interesting

PREVIEW: U-20 MYNT Ready to Kickoff Concacaf U-20 Championship

The U.S. Under-20 Men’s Youth National Team starts its journey at the 2024 Concacaf U-20 Championship on Friday, July 19 vs. Jamaica (10:06 p.m. ET). The match is USA’s first step towards qualification for the 2025 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Chile.

Sort of strange they are running this running this so close to the Olympics. I’m guessing players on Olympic rosters won’t be included here. One I noticed because he’s local: Caleb Wiley will play in the Olympics for the US, but won’t play in this tourney.

Guessing that the best players will play for their national teams rather than for their U-20 team.