US Soccer has gotten very, very strange.

Tuesday night was a very strange edition of USfanTV, which isn’t particularly surprising considering everything strange going on in the US Soccer world.

By now, we’re used to the insanity.

But, imagine you’re enjoying the Copa America back in 2016, and someone travels from the future with a Biff Tannen’s Sports Almanac containing the following predictions about US Soccer in early 2018:

  • We missed the World Cup after finishing fifth in the Hex
  • We’d be playing especially meaningless friendlies with all of the old guard shuffled away from the team
  • We’d be without a coach and a federation president (let alone that Bruce Arena would replace Jurgen Klinsmann–and get canned)
  • Landon Donovan would come out of retirement–again–and play for Leon
  • Pep Guardiola would sign Mix Diskerud (although, we know that’s not really what’s happening there)
  • And, Eric Wynalda and Hope Solo (Hope Solo!?!?) would be among the candidates vying to run USSF.

These predictions would seem so crazy that you wouldn’t even consider that they might be true. This is all too much, right? And yet, somehow, this is where we find ourselves.

Strange, indeed. See you guys next week!

USfanTV: Goodbye, 2017.

That’s a wrap. When we started USfanTV back in October 2016, we thought 2018 would be an exciting time. But here we are, rolling into 2018, and there’s not a competitive USMNT game in site.

Gotham district attorney Harvey Dent once said, “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”

I think Harvey may be right, but the dawn seems a long way off. Sure, we’ve got guys like Pulisic, McKinnie, Sargent, Adams, Klinsmann, Parks, Gonzalez and a whole lot coming up through the ranks. But five years from now, what will this look like? Will we be a leaner, meaner national team program, ready to compete for trophies? Will it be more of the same problems? Will President Hope Solo have just fired her ninth head coach after punching him in the face? Who knows? Continue reading “USfanTV: Goodbye, 2017.”

USfanTV: Pulisic wins POY, USSF presidential race moves forward

Two shows in one week! It’s like the old days of USfanTV. You know–before we failed to qualify for the World Cup.

We opened with a discussion on how four percent of voters somehow felt Christian Pulisic wasn’t the best men’s national team player over the past year. How? How could you watch those games–where he scored or assisted on nearly every US goal–and think anyone else should win the award? In sports, as in life, there’s a lot of grey area. Smart people can see more than one point of view.

Not here. Not in this case. Not voting for Pulisic, to me, amounts to willful stupidity.

We also talked Weston McKinnie, Jonathan Gonzalez, Hope Solo, and lot more. If you weren’t there live with us last night, give it a look!