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  1. Could Michael Bradley thrive in the Premier League?

    Roger Bennett

    Michael Bradley is the American Jason Statham. A bald man who kicks ass, and in doing so makes all those around him feel both safe and full of hope. In the past, his physical commitment and mental tenacity have combined to make the midfielder a ...

    Blog | April 08, 2014
  2. Can MLS ever emerge from the shadow of European football?

    Roger Bennett

    Watching the spectacle of the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open their season on a cricket pitch in Sydney, attempting to take the struggling MLB brand global, my mind inevitably wandered back to soccer. As the bemused Aussie crowd watched Yasiel Puig ...

    Blog | March 27, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Liverpool strike at the heart of Everton's season of hope

    Roger Bennett

    LIVERPOOL -- For an Evertonian, watching the 222nd Derby at a crackling Anfield was akin to having your wisdom teeth extracted without anesthetic while being forced to watch the Grammys on a loop. In an intense, passionate gut check of a game, Liverp...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  5. Five World Cup matches that have us excited

    Roger Bennett

    The riddle wrapped in an enigma tied with a cloak of mystery that is the FIFA World Cup draw is over. The event had all the panache of a Brazilian soccer-themed bar mitzvah held in New Jersey. The 90-minute extravaganza featured its controversial ...

    Blog | December 06, 2013
  6. Exclusive interview: Daniel Sturridge on his Chelsea struggles an...

    Roger Bennett

    This is the third in a three-part feature about Liverpool's attempts to get back to the top of the Premier League. The author, Roger Bennett, talked one-on-one with the club's manager Brendan Rodgers, veteran icon Steven Gerrard and up-and-coming sta...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  7. Exclusive interview: Steven Gerrard on Liverpool, Suarez and the ...

    Roger Bennett

    This is the second in a three-part feature about Liverpool's attempts to get back to the top of the Premier League. The author, Roger Bennett, talked one-on-one with the club's manager Brendan Rodgers, veteran icon Steven Gerrard and up-and-coming st...

    Blog | November 21, 2013
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Is the U.S. poised to humiliate Mexico again?

    Roger Bennett

    USA 4, Mexico 0. To the American players who took the field at RFK Stadium on June 18, 1995, the most lopsided scoreline a U.S. men's national team side has ever achieved against their potent rivals still feels less like a football match and more lik...

    Blog | September 09, 2013
  11. Lucky Spain through to "World's Derby"

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, Brasil -- When Sergio Ramos roofed his penalty kick during Thursday night's tense, tight shootout, you could see how much this game meant to the Spanish team. After struggling through muggy conditions, and 120 minutes of play in which the ...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  12. Spain beat Italy on penalties to set up final against Brazil

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, Brazil -- Here are three quick thoughts on the finely balanced semifinal at the Estadio Castelao, which ended 0-0 with Spain beating Italy 7-6 on penalties to advance to its first Confederations Cup final. 1. Limp and languid Spain sti...

    Blog | June 27, 2013
  13. Spain win again, but next up for the World Champions is Italy

    Roger Bennett

    FORTALEZA, BRAZIL -- Here are three quick thoughts after Spain's 3-0 victory against a bold Nigeria at the Estadio Castelao. Spain top Group B and will now proceed to a semifinal match up against Italy on Thursday night. 1. Striking problems Ahea...

    Blog | June 23, 2013
  14. Brazil finish atop Group A with win over Italy

    Roger Bennett

    SALVADOR, Brazil -- Here are three quick thoughts from Brazil's bruising yet entertaining 4-2 win over Italy at the Arena Fonte Nova in the Confederations Cup. The hosts finish top of Group A, and, perhaps more importantly, almost certainly will avoi...

    Blog | June 22, 2013
  15. Where to from here for Neymar?

    Roger Bennett

    SALVADOR, Brazil -- Neymar Jr. can conjure moments of skill that make grown men cry. Brazil's young phenomenon needed just 173 seconds to make his mark on this year's Confederations Cup, rifling home from long range against Japan. In his next match, ...

    Blog | June 21, 2013
  16. Diego Forlan celebrates his 100th cap in style

    Roger Bennett

    SALVADOR, Brazil -- Here are three quick thoughts from Uruguay's 2-1 Confederations Cup victory over Nigeria at the Arena Fonte Nova in which the South Americans snapped their opponent's team-record 18-game unbeaten streak, all but assuring themselve...

    Blog | June 20, 2013