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  1. Why aren't American players taken seriously in Europe?

    Roger Bennett

    At risk of crudely paraphrasing Charles Dickens, is this "the best of times [and] the worst of times" for American soccer? While 2013 was the most successful year in United States men's national team history, the impression American players are ma...

    Blog | January 30, 2014
  2. U.S. defeats Panama - and keeps Mexico's World Cup hopes alive

    Roger Bennett

    PANAMA CITY -- The United States ended its World Cup qualification on an adrenaline-filled high note against Panama after two stoppage-time goals gave Jurgen Klinsmann's men the 3-2 win -- and in so doing, kept Mexico's hopes of reaching Brazil alive...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  3. Jurgen Klinsmann: No guarantees for U.S. players at the World Cup...

    Roger Bennett

    PANAMA CITY -- Jurgen Klinsmann is having a blast. To paraphrase the American Outlaws chant, his U.S. men's national team is "going to Brazil." When we meet on the eve of the final game of the Hex, the American coach is ebullient, a pulsating heart o...

    Blog | October 15, 2013
  4. What we learned from the U.S. loss to Belgium

    Roger Bennett

    Here are some quick thoughts after the U.S. lost to Belgium 4-2 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland on Wednesday in international friendly action. Should we beware of reading too much into a friendly? The United States always knew they would hav...

    Blog | May 29, 2013
  5. U.S. gets back on track with win over Costa Rica

    Roger Bennett

    DENVER, Colorado -- Time to take your hand off the panic button, America. After a week in which we wondered who would win this game, collective spirit or Anonymous Source, the former won the day, albeit amidst farcical scenes. The U.S. beat a fe...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  6. Michael Bradley is fired up with Costa Rica in his sights

    Roger Bennett

    DENVER -- Michael Bradley is locked and loaded. On a typical day, the U.S. international midfielder appears to have the simmering intensity of Jean-Luc Picard, Yul Brynner, and Jason Statham compressed into a single human being. The 25-year-old is a ...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  7. U.S. national team has a tough road ahead

    Roger Bennett

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- "We did it! We did it!" chanted the delirious Honduran fans as they soaked themselves in beer, confetti and rice at the final whistle. Feeding off their raucous support, Los Catrachos had just outplayed, outmuscled and out...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  8. U.S. in need of answers after losing to Honduras

    Roger Bennett

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- Against a backdrop of carnival frenzy, hysterical support, trumpets, beer, Drakkar Noir and swampy heat, the opening game of the Hexagonal offered Jurgen Klinsmann's U.S. men's national team a physical, hard-running challe...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  9. Will Honduras be partying after WCQ clash with the U.S.?

    Roger Bennett

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras -- On the narrow roads to the Estadio Olimpico, fragile residences crush against corroding scrap yards and storefront churches. At every intersection along the way, kids battled each other and the Tuesday afternoon sun to sel...

    Blog | February 06, 2013
  10. U.S. ready for tough test against Honduras in the Hex

    Roger Bennett

    SAN PEDRO SULA, HONDURAS -- When the U.S. plane landed at Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport, an inferno burned menacingly on the edge of the airfield, singeing the air with a whiff of sulphur. The U.S. men's national team deplaned amid arm...

    Blog | February 05, 2013
  11. America's Next Top Messi

    Roger Bennett

    Part 1: Whither Lionel? A cruel accusation is often lobbed at America's soccer powers that be: How can a nation blessed with a diverse population of over 315 million have failed to produce a single Lionel Messi? Or, for that matter, a few more Clint...

    Blog | January 28, 2013
  12. U.S.'s split personality: strong at home, fragile on road

    Roger Bennett

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The United States saved their best till last. A dominant 3-1 victory over Guatemala in the delirious atmosphere of Kansas City saw Jurgen Klinsmann's team qualify for the final hexagonal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying, in...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  13. The Hex is next for the U.S. men's team

    Roger Bennett

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Bachman Turner Overdrive's "Takin' Care of Business" blared not once but twice from the sound system at Livestrong Sporting Park ahead of the game as if to reassure the United States men's team it could overcome its patchy form i...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  14. The chip on Clint Dempsey's shoulder

    Roger Bennett

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- If you want to believe in the United States men's national team, spend some time listening to Clint Dempsey. The soft-spoken yet passionate U.S. star emits a confidence that oozes as thickly as a teenager's cologne. Forged during...

    Blog | October 16, 2012
  15. The Klinsmann project rolls into Kansas City for WCQ

    Roger Bennett

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- A "must-draw" has rarely felt more like a must-win. The U.S. can tie Guatemala in Tuesday night's World Cup qualifying clash in Kansas City and still proceed into the final CONCACAF qualifying round for Brazil 2014, but after a s...

    Blog | October 15, 2012
  16. For the U.S., pressure is a hard-earned privilege

    Roger Bennett

    In 1994, 24-year-old Alexi Lalas boarded a domestic flight and took his seat in coach. "I was sitting in the middle aisle by an older woman who struck up conversation by asking me what I did," he said. "I told her, 'I play soccer,' and she respond...

    Blog | October 12, 2012