Are these young guns the new face of soccer in the United States?

A cloud of doubt hovered over the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team following a near collapse in FIFA World Cup Qualifying, but the silver lining was provided by Christian Pulisic. A November draw with Trinidad and Tobago and a loss to Guatemala in March stuck the United States in a position where they had to defeat the latter three days later in order to remain on track to qualify...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Dortmund’s American prodigy Christian Pulisic is the real deal

The “next big thing” has been a US soccer mantra for players going back to Jovan Kirovski’s time at Manchester United two decades ago. Time and again, American soccer fans and the media have hyped teenage players. First, it was Kirovski, then it was John O’Brien — a great whose career was curtailed by injuries. Then there were an assembly line of players who were hyped...
Via World Soccer Talk
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Freddy Adu keeps hustling, now as a Stouffer's pitchman

What is Freddy Adu up to nowadays? Hustling.That is not in reference to his play for th Tampa Bay Rowdies. He is out here cashing checks for ... Stouffer's.Adu is now pitching Fit Kitchen meals, which apparently have a lot of protein and complex carbs and other things your parents would be proud of you for eating.Some have asked if this is sadder than when he was pitching vacuum...
Via Fox Sports
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Philadelphia Union could be a surprise package in MLS this season

One Major League Soccer playoff appearance in their six season existence has left Philadelphia Union fans hungry for more, much more. Despite two consecutive runner-up performances in the US Open Cup, the Union have underachieved mightily since their first MLS game in 2010. From shaky goalkeepers to allegedly abusive managers, and even a stint from former US wunderkind-come-bust...
Via World Soccer Talk
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Can we all please stop overhyping Jordan Morris?

If you haven’t heard the news, Jordan Morris has signed a deal with the Seattle Sounders after turning down Werder Bremen in the German Bundesliga. Over the past day, we have gotten take after take on if this is good or bad for Jordan Morris, if this is good or bad for U.S. Soccer, if this is good or bad for the USMNT? All these questions and all the hype many people have created...
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January 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Former Soccer phenom Freddy Adu is now a pitchman for vacuum cleaners on Twitter

Freddy Adu has had a strange career. At just 26 years old—he’s just 26 years old!!!—the Ghanaian-born American attacker has played for 13 clubs since 2004, when he started his professional career with D.C United more than half a decade before he was able to legally drink. Adu’s career has seen him caravan across the globe, from the United States to Portugal, France, Greece...
Via Awful Announcing
November 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Furious Preview: Controlled Aggression

The Ottawa Fury take on the Tampa Bay Rowdies Saturday night in Florida with a playoff spot clinched and a new objective of securing a home date in the semifinals of The Championship. The Ottawa club have already announced that three players who usually figure in the starting eleven will get a break on Saturday: Paulo Jr., Tommy Heinemann and captain Richie Ryan will be spelled...
Via Total MLS
October 09, 2015  |  Discuss

CONCACAF Cup primer: Why USA vs. Mexico matters

Why is it so big? The number of Americans of Mexican descent is approximately 54 million people, or almost one-sixth of the United States population. The tight balance in the CONCACAF region makes every US-Mexico game a high stakes spectacle between two often evenly-matches teams. Mexico more or less dominated CONCACAF from the 1950s until 1995 with only minor blips interrupting...
Via World Soccer Talk
October 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Furious Preview: No Bow Tie, No Problem

A wounded animal is dangerous creature. Likewise, taking on a hurting soccer club can be just as wrought with peril. On Saturday night, such an opponent rolls into Lansdowne Park Stadium. The Tampa Bay Rowdies, who currently sit in in fourth place in the combined standings, are a team in turmoil. Despite their current position in a playoff spot, the Rowdies have only garnered 7...
Via Total MLS
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is Reece Oxford?

The opening match of the season for Arsenal and West Ham was a star studded affair. Featuring seasoned vets, world cup winners, and a team who was coming off back to back FA Cup victories – but the player of the game wasn’t the Copa America winning Alexis Sanchez or the World Cup winning Mesut Ozil. Instead it was West Ham’s 16-year-old defensive midfielder Reece Oxford. Born...
August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Is this why Freddy Adu has struggled his entire career?

This morning, the NASL’s Tampa Bay Rowdies announced that they had fired highly popular manager Thomas Rongen after a start of 2-1-5 in the Fall season. Rongen was instrumental in signing Freddy Adu with hopes of finally turning his career around after so much hype as a teenager. Rongen was the USMNT U-20 manager and worked with Adu before so this looked like a great partnership...
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August 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Rowdies vs. Jacksonville Armada: The Come Up

Dating back to the beginning of the season, a playoff push was top priority among the club from the 904. Sure, the playoffs would always be a difficult feat for any expansion side, but there’s a different vibe in the North American Soccer League. There is a sense of equality, a feeling that any one team can beat the other and vice versa, situations not regularly seen in the beautiful...
Via Total MLS
August 11, 2015  |  Discuss

10 ways that the US Men’s National Team is eerily similar to England

For years, the United States has striven to become a world power in soccer. Even as a majority of the country failed to acknowledge the sport, the die-hards in this country looked forward to the day when America’s passion for winning, combined with a population that seemed to populate every sport successfully, would lead to us competing with the likes of Brazil, Italy, and Germany...
Via World Soccer Talk
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Rowdies – Railhawks Match Preview

The Tampa Bay Rowdies take on the Carolina Rail hawks this Saturday night in Carolina at 7:30pm Est. The Rowdies need to figure something out since the last three games have all ended in zero points. The team has to make changes somewhere because the starting eleven that have been normally out on the pitch have not been producing. Last week against the Strikers a change in goal was...
Via Total MLS
August 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Derby Preview : Strikers – Rowdies

Everybody loves a derby match . Tonight is the Florida Derby . An exciting storyline for tonights match is that Freddy Adu might make his first start or appearance.  Last week the Strikers got a point on the road . The Rowdies lost at home , they will be looking to get the victory , especially against in state rival the Strikers. Players to watch: PC (Strikers) – Is a fast and...
Via Total MLS
July 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Freddy Adu agrees to contract with NASL's Tampa Bay Rowdies

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League have agreed to a contract with one-time phenom Freddy Adu. The 26-year-old Adu has struggled to live up to expectations since making his debut at age 14 for Major League Soccer's D.C. United in 2004. He was the captain of the U.S. team at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup that Rowdies coach Thomas...
Via AP on Fox
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Rowdies of 2nd-tier NASL agree to contract with Freddy Adu

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rowdies of the second-tier North American Soccer League have agreed to a contract with one-time phenom Freddy Adu. The 26-year-old Adu has struggled to live up to expectations since making his debut at age 14 for Major League Soccer's D.C. United in 2004. He was the captain of the U.S. team at the 2007 Under-20 World Cup that Rowdies coach...
Via AP on Fox
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

World Soccer Talk Radio (7.14.15) Kartik Krishnaiyer interview

Listen to the latest episode of World Soccer Talk Radio featuring an interview with Kartik Krishnaiyer. During the interview, Kartik discusses several topics including dissecting what is going wrong (as well as what is going well) for the US Men’s National Team. In addition to tactical analysis, Kartik discusses the depth issues among this US squad as well as Freddy Adu signing...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Freddy Adu given opportunity to salvage his career at Tampa Bay Rowdies

Freddy Adu’s career trajectory has gone off the rails in the past few years. The one-time American prodigy who was compared to the greats of the game at a young age has cycled through club after club all over the globe during the past eight years. Adu hasn’t been capped for the US Men’s National Team since 2011. A move to Thomas Rongen’s Tampa Bay Rowdies seems like a last...
Via World Soccer Talk
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Revival of Freddy Adu?

Fourteen years is all it took for Freddy Adu to sign his first professional contract, one that was tied with D.C. United back in 2004, which seems like a long time ago now. Three months after signing his contract, Adu received his first professional appearance in a game against San Jose Earthquakes. The attacking midfielder is the youngest ever player to score in MLS history and...
Via Total MLS
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Exclusive chat focused on forgotten US playmaker Freddy Adu

Freddy Adu’s signing with Finnish team Kuopion Palloseura (KuPS) was supposed to rejuvenate his ailing career. It was a move that was supposed to remove the haters and critics, and once again put them on the side of support. That has not happened. Four months since signing with his eleventh club, KuPS, Adu is nearing the exit door. Although the club haven’t said his time is...
Via World Soccer Talk
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

US Soccer Puts the World on Notice as U-20’s Advance to the Quarter Finals and USMNT Beats Germany 2-1

United States’ Mix Diskerud celebrates after scoring his side’s first goal during the soccer friendly match between Germany and the United States in Cologne, western Germany, Wednesday, June 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) It may only be the U-20 World Cup, and sure, it was just a friendly match for the main squad, but US Soccer put the world on notice today with victories in...
Via Total Sports Blog
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Now comes the hard part for Gedion Zelalem’s U.S. career; By Steve Davis

It seems the red tape rigmarole was apparently worth it; U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati confirmed via Twitter this week that Gedion Zelalem has successfully jumped through all the requisite FIFA hoops and may now, officially, represent the United States in international competition. That was the easy part. Even if it doesn’t seem so. Managing the 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder...
Via World Soccer Talk
May 15, 2015  |  Discuss

The Conundrum of Luis Gil: The Saga Continues

The following post was written by Caleb Reeve as a follow-up to his post – The Conundrum of Luis Gil. You can follow Caleb Reeve on Twitter by following: @calebreeve So what do you do with Luis Gil? I’m not the type of person to just ask a question and not provide any meaningful options to help answer the question. That being said, I’m just a fan. I’m not a member of the...
Via TornBySports
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Freddy Adu Agrees To Contract With KuPS, Joining 11th Team In 11 Years

Freddy Adu has resurfaced in Finland, of all places. Time will tell whether his soccer career finds firm footing in Northern Europe. Adu is set to join Kuopion Palloseura as a free agent after agreeing to sign a one-year contract with the Finnish club Saturday. Adu still must complete a physical examination before signing the contract, according to the...
March 29, 2015  |  Discuss
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