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!

USfanTV: Are you happy for Michael Bradley?

Lots of good topics on the show last night: How did you feel seeing Michael Bradley celebrating the MLS Cup title? What do you make of the crop of candidates running for USSF president–including Hope Solo?!? Will Peter Stoger be a good thing for Christian Pulisic at BVB? What position will Darlington Nagbe play in Atlanta?

At a time when things are usually slow, we had a ton to talk about on last night’s show. Thanks for watching, and we’ll see you Thursday!

 

USfanTV: The World Cup moves on without us, and the MLS Cup doesn’t help to ease the pain

Today was supposed to be fun and exciting. Right now, we were supposed to be complaining about drawing yet another tough group. Instead, I didn’t watch a second of the FIFA World Cup draw on TV, opting to get updates from Twitter instead.

Our amigos-en-verde drew Germany, Sweden and South Korea, so consider us fully on the Die Mannschaft wagon until further notice. For me, it was probably gonna be Germany, anyway, but the Mexico draw solidifies it.

Elsewhere, Seattle whipped Houston yet again to reach the 2017 MLS Cup, where they’ll visit Toronto for the second year in a row. So will it be Jozy and Bradley or Deuce and Morris? Are you cheering for one team over the other? Are you actively rooting against one of these clubs? For me, whatever happens happens. I don’t really care.  No matter the result, some of the guys responsible for our failure to qualify for the World Cup will get to celebrate being the biggest fish in a small pond. Great. Because MLS loves consistency the match moves back to a Saturday this year–Dec. 9, if you’re interested in watching.

You know those people on Twitter who tell you the US loves soccer, but doesn’t love MLS? There may be something to that, and we have the numbers to back it up. If we put MLS in our show title on YouTube, we get considerably fewer viewers than really anything else. USMNT post-match shows are always our bread and butter, but shows about US players or coaches in Germany, England, or anywhere else always do better than MLS shows. We haven’t done many USWNT shows, and we always get haters when we do, but they draw bigger viewership numbers than MLS, too.

The tagline below says we do shows every Tuesday and Thursday, but we obviously haven’t been sticking to that lately. Call us divas, but if we’re bored with soccer at the moment, we’d rather do no show than do a bad one. Keep sending us your questions, though! Last night was fun, and you guys made it that way. Your questions are smart and funny, and on those nights were we’re not feeling it, they might just inspire us to jump on YouTube.

See you Tuesday night!

Pat McCraney co-hosts USfanTV on YouTube every Tuesday and Thursday night at 9 p.m. eastern. Follow him on Twitter: @patrickmccraney. Follow USfanTV: @usfantv.