What’s Next for U.S. Soccer

Since the World Cup concluded, various people have asked me , what’s next for Team America?  What do they do now?  When do they play again?

The short answer is tonight against Brazil in the Meadowlands.  The game is on ESPN2 at 7:00 CST.  This will be an exhibition, aka an international friendly, i.e. it doesn’t really count for anything.  There’s no trophy, no qualification for the next round.  Just the U.S. and Brazil and 60-70,000 fans (which is pretty damned impressive, but you sort of expect that with Brazil).  The visitors are bringing a squad of up-and-comers as well as a few holdovers from the World Cup, while the U.S. roster includes 15 World Cup veterans with a few new names.   These are our National Teams.  So this game does count.  Sort of.  Except Clint Dempsey couldn’t make it because he’s worn out and trying to get ready for the EPL, and Oguchi Onyewu won’t be there as he’s fighting for his spot with Milan.  And you don’t want to play the MLS guys too many minutes because they’re in the middle of the stretch run before the playoffs… Continue reading