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The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Chile 3

Image Credit: Getty Images

Highlights:

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers and sites: 

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated): "USMNT experiments, falls again in 2015-opening loss to Chile"

Yanks Are Coming: "Why, Klinsy, Why?"

Matt Doyle (MLSSoccer.com): "A new formation, but the same old rut for USMNT"

Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated): "Despite familiarity, loss to Chile leaves big questions for Klinsmann, U.S."

Kyle Bonn (NBC Sports): "3-5-2 system shows life, but plenty of work is needed"

Jeffery Carlisle (ESPN): "A porous U.S. defense allows Chile to rally in exhibition loss"

Player Ratings

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

American Soccer Now

Goal.com

Nicholas Mendola (NBC Sports)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Mexico 2

 

Highlights:

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "A Tale Of Two Halves: Three Thoughts on the USA’s 2-2 draw with Mexico"

Mathew Dole (MLSSoccer.com) - "Three Things: Michael Bradley's role opens up World Cup options for USMNT"

Noah Davis (American Soccer Now) - "The Shape's the Thing: Klinsmann Adopts a 4-4-2"

Mike Prindiville (NBC Sports) - "U.S. Men’s National Team defense remains unsettled after Mexico draw"

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "USA 2 – Mexico 2: Odes & String Music To Beckerman"

Player Ratings/Grades:

Greg Selzter (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York TImes) 

Steve Goff (Washington Post)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 0 - Ukraine 2

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Yorgos Karahalis

Show of hands. How many of you were fine never seeing Oguchi Onyewu in a U.S. jersey BEFORE today's match?

OK... most of the room.

AFTER the match?

There we go. Everyone now.

Well, that settles it. No more Gooch, right? Right?

Obviously it wasn't all the Borgetti-stare-down-man's fault today (cough cough... John Anthony Brooks... we're looking at you), the entire defense was a mess, the midfield was inept, and the forwards nearly starved to death for service.

There was about 20 minutes of blind optimism from the USMNT in the middle of the second half, but then it was all undone with a quick strike Ukrainian attack to double their lead. 

Aron Jonhannsson.. you're awesome. Brek Shea... not too shabby. Tim Howard.... two sweet saves only to see your back line bail on you faster than teenagers at a house party when the cops show up. 

Roll the highlights, Sunil. 

Highlights: 

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Graham Ruthven (MLSSoccer.com) - "Jurgen Klinsmann says USMNT "definitely" missed MLS players in loss to Ukraine"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analysit: Three things we learned about USMNT's technical difficulties vs. Ukraine"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on U.S. Soccer's "dreary" loss to Ukraine" (VIDEO)

Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated) - "Failed Auditions: Three thoughts on the USA’s 2-0 loss to Ukraine"

Richard Farley (NBC Sports) - "Looking back on our five focal points"

Joe Prince-Wright (NBC Sports) - "Three things we learned in USA’s defeat to Ukraine"

 

Player Ratings/Grades:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Greg Selzter (MLSSoccer.com)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Mexico 0

It couldn't really end any other way. Dos a cero. The year was different and so were the goal scorers, but the venue was a similar as the scoreline was as the United States men's national team waxed Mexico, 2-0 at Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

A smashing Eddie Johnson header just past halftime and a backpost goal from Landon Donovan mid-way through the second half and the U.S. booked their ticket for Brazil next summer. El Tri sits in a precarious position, fifth place with eight points with only two games left to qualify for the World Cup.

The USMNT punched their Brazil 2014 tickets with two games to spare. Kansas City against Jamaica and at Panama will now provide a solid send-off for the U.S. and chance for Jurgen Klinsmann to get some good reps in for some fringe squad players.

Highlights:

 
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
 
Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on USA 2, Mexico 0"
 
 
 
 
Noah Davis (American Soccer Now) - "Lesson Learned in Costa Rica Leads U.S. to Win"
 
 
Mike Prindiville (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Man of the Match: Eddie Johnson"
 
Player Ratings:

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Blake Thomsen (American Soccer Now)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: Costa Rica 3 - USMNT 1

Whelp. That one stung. The United States men's national team, looking for their first win ever in Costa Rica walked away empty handed, temporarily setting back the finalization of their World Cup qualifying. The Nats dropped an ugly one, 3-1, in San Jose.

Michael Bradley went off injured in pre-game training and the USMNT looked listless the entire match giving up two goals in the opening ten minutes. Captain Clint Dempsey's 100th cap and 43rd minute penalty kick goal was the lone bright spot in a wet, revenge-filled away match for the Ticos. Having Landon Donovan back in the starting 11 couldn't save the U.S.'s winnning streak either.

Next up, Mexico in "Dos a Cero-ville", Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday.

Highlights:

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

The Shin Guardian - "Costa Rica 3 – USA 1: Quick Thoughts"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on the U.S.'s World Cup qualifier loss to Costa Rica"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from a trip down Springfield Gorge"

Kyle Bonn (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Three things we learned from USMNT 3-1 loss at Costa Rica"

Noah David (American Soccer Now) - "Lost Without Bradley, U.S. Falls to Costa Rica, 3-1"

Player Grades/ Ratings:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Greg Selzter (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Blake Thomson (American Soccer Now)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 4 - Bosnia and Herzegovina 3

Jozy. That's all anyone needs to say. Jozy Altidore continues his amazing run of form carrying the United States men's national team to a 4-3 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

There were certainly other solid players on the field for the USMNT: Michael Bradley, of course, showing himself, as always to be the calm center of the universe; John Anthony Brooks looking like the future of the central defense; and Aron "Bacon" Johannsson putting in 27 minutes of creative attacking soccer. 

The first half, though mostly solid defense, put the U.S on both their back heels giving up quick strikes-off-of-silly-mistakes and down 2-0. The second half, with a few adjustments, would see Altidore own it, doing the hard work of settling Bradley's perfect over-the-top ball to nudge to Eddie Johnson. Altidore would then tally a hat-trick of goals in a diverse fashion: a left-sided blast, an amazing free kick, and hustle with a deft finish.

Heading into the home stretch of World Cup qualifying the Nats have all the momentum they need.

Next up on the road in Costa Rica on September 6 where the U.S has never won.

Highlights:

 
Reactions:
 
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Player Ratings:
 
 

Greg Selzter (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 3 - Honduras 1 (Gold Cup)

Easy as one, two, three. Three goals from the United States men's national team and they're on their way to the 2013 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final. A thoroughly dominating performance by the Nats, 3-1 over Honduras, means a date with surprise finalists Panama.

Eddie Johnson, freed by a great ball from Landon Donovan, broke away from the Panamanian defense to open the scoring in the 11th minute. Donovan would tally two goals of his own, a goalmouth tap-in at the 27th minute mark, and then a speedy response to Honduras' lone goal in the 53rd minute.

The USMNT is seeking it's fifth Gold Cup title and has reached the finals in nine of the 12 editions of the tournament. The win extended the Nats record-setting win streak to ten games as they improved to 11-2-2 in 2013.

The Final, televised nationally on main FOX, is at 3pm CT on Sunday from Soldier Field in Chicago.

Highlights:

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "American stars back in fine form boost U.S. at Gold Cup"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from Landon Donovan's domination at JerryWorld"

Richard Farley (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Circling back on Klinsmann’s changes: What worked, what didn’t for the U.S. vs. Honduras"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "United States is streaking as a team – but not so spectacularly as Landon Donovan is individually"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "United States is rolling like never before in Gold Cup play"

Player Ratings: 

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Greg Selzter (MLSSoccer.com)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Costa Rica 0 (Gold Cup)

Photo by Howard C. Smith/ISIPhotos.com

The weather, the setting, and the cast was different, but the result was the same as the United States men's national team beat Costa Rica 1-0 in Hartford, Conn on a late Brek Shea goal. 

A fantastic save from Sean Johnson led to a counter-attack break away by Landon Donovan on the right. He lofted the ball to Shea in stride down the center of the field and the Stoke City man collected the ball and fired the U.S. into the lead. It was Shea first international goal. 

The USMNT will face El Salvador in the quarterfinals of the Gold Cup on Sunday at 5pm ET. 

Highlights:

 
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
 
Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on the U.S.' late win over Costa Rica"

Steve Davis (NBC ProSoccerTalk) - "What we learned from the United States Gold Cup win over Costa Rica"

 
Player Ratings:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPNFC)

Jon Arnold (Americsn Soccer Now)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 4 - Cuba 1

Despite an early scare from the visitors, the United States men's national team rebounded to defeat Cuba soundily, 4-1, in their second group match of the 2013 Gold Cup in Sandy, Utah. Red hot Chris Wondo(w)lowski powered the Nats with a brace, while Joe Coruna produced a stunning strike from outside the box, and Landon Donovan started the route with a late first half penalty kick.

The hosts were stunned by a 36th minute goal by Jose Ciprian Alfonso, but a stoppage time PK by Donovan (after Edgar Castillo was hauled down in the box) would level things before half. Coruna opened his national team scoring account in style with a curling shot from 20 yards out in the 57th minute before Wondo(w)lowski came in for clean up duty with a pair of goals in the 66th and 85th minutes.

Wondo(w)lowski now has five goals in two Cup matches (and six counting in the last three) becoming the first U.S. player to score five in this tournament. The win against Cuba was the USMNT's seventh straight win and equaled their longest streak ever (2007).

With a quarterfinal place assured in Baltimore the Nats face Costa Rica for Group C bragging rights on Tuesday at 8pm ET on Fox Soccer.

Highlights:

 

Reactions:

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned about adjustments, Brek & Wondow"

Brian Straus (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on USA's more challenging Gold Cup win over Cuba"

Joe Prince-Wright (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Three things we learned from USA’s victory over Cuba"

Player Ratings:

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 6 - Belize 1 (Gold Cup)

 

Photo Credit: Scott Olmos (USA Today)

Wonderful Wondo(w)lowski. The United States men's national team forward got his first goal for his country against Guatemala last Friday and decided he just wanted more. Three more in a 6-1 rout of Belize in front of 18,000+ at JELD-WEN Field in Portland, Oregon.

Patience was the practice for last night as Belize bunkered down and the U.S took their time to break down their defense. Wondo opened the evening's scoring in the 11th minute, bagged his second 25 minutes later, and had a hat trick before halftime. Stu Holden continued on the comeback trail, Michael Orozco Fiscal showed he could score somewhere else other than Azteca, and Landon Donovan finished the goal party with a late penalty kick. Donovan's assist on the Holden goal earned him the first spot in the USMNT "50 goal- 50 assist" club.

The Nats face Cuba on Saturday from Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah at 1:30pm MT on Fox Soccer and Univision.

American Outlaws/ AO: Portland / Timbers Army Tifo:

Chris Wondo(w)lowski (First Goal):

 
Chris Wondo(w)lowski (Second Goal):

Chris Wondo(w)lowski (Third Goal):

Stu Holden:

Michael Orozco Fiscal:

Landon Donovan PK:

 

Analysis from American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on a dominent U.S. win vs. Belize"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Takeaways from the United States’ win over Belize"

Will Parchman (Top Drawer Soccer) - "The USMNT gets the Gold Cup started with a 6-1 flyer"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from US rout of Belize"

Player Ratings:

Josh Deaver (American Soccer Now)

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPNFC)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 6 - Guatemala

Landon Donovan is back. Times two. And a whole lot of other players, too, as the United States national team rolled over Guatemala, 6-0, in their Gold Cup warm up.

The USMNT opens up Gold Cup play against Belize from Portland, Oregon.

Herculez Gomez (42nd minute)

Landon Donovan (50th minute)

Chris Wondolowski (71st minute)

Landon Donovan (72nd minute)

Clarence Goodson (84th minute)

Alejandro Bedoya (88th minute)

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned about staying classy in San Diego"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "What we learned from Friday's win over Guatemala"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - Player Ratings

Brian Sciaretta (New York Time) - Player Ratings

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 5 - South Korea 0

Little else needs to be said about this game. It was all Abby Wambach. Not just in the sense that she dominated the first half, scoring four goals, but that she smashed Mia Hamm's and international soccer's (both male and female) all-time goal scoring record. Lauren Cheney would add one to the total tally as the United States women's national team thrashed South Korea 5-0 ar Red Bull Arena.

Wambach started the match just two shy of typing Hamm's mark and it took her less that twenty minutes to reach those 158 goals. Before most could finish Tweeting out their congratulations for reaching the record Abby broke it was a trademark smashing header. One more in first half stoppage time and the new international record stands at 160 goals (and counting). The amazing thing about Wambach is that she was able to meet Hamm's record in 207 games significantly under the 275 that it took Mia.

Cheers Abby!

Highlights:

 

Abby Wambach Tribute Video from U.S. Soccer:

 

Recap and analysis from some of American soccer's best sites/writers:

Jeff Kassouf (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Legacies of Wambach, Hamm, Morgan intertwine — just as they’d like them to"

Jeff Kassouf (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Always the focal point of the attack, Wambach exceeds all expectations in breaking goals record"

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "With record-breaking goal, Abby Wambach becomes one of the greats"

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar: USMNT 1 - Honduras 0

It wasn't pretty and a couple of times it seemed as though the United States men's national team would leave a sold out Rio Tinto Stadium with a sole point, but the on fire Jozy Altidore came up huge again to lead the Nats to a 1-0 win over a stubborn Honduras.

It was Altidore's four in four matches and it was all the U.S. would need to get past a theatrical and, often times, frustrating Honduran side. Sporting KC midfield Graham Zusi carried the ball up field and found Fabian Johnson cutting through the box on the left. A heads-up Johnson found Altidore unmarked in front of the goal, and as it has been frequently lately, Jozy buried the ball in the back of the net in the 73rd minute.

With 13 points the Nats stay atop atop the "Hex" and look to be a lock for next summer's World Cup in Brazil. Qualifying takes a break until early September (at Costa Rica on the 6th), but the U.S. will prepare for this summer's Gold Cup with an international friendly against Guatemala in San Diego before beginning the 2013 edition of the tournament in Portland, Oregon against Belize on July 9th.

Highlights:

 

Post-Game Reaction:

 

Recap and analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Lethal Altidore-Johnson combo lead U.S. to 1-0 win over Honduras"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: 3 things we learned as USMNT gutted out a win ... and inched closer to Brazil"

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "What we learned from the U.S. World Cup qualifier win over Honduras"

Liviu Bird (American Soccer Now) - "How the U.S. beat the bunker to defeat Honduras"

Mike Cardillo (Big Lead Sports) - "Jozy Altidore is Hot, Jurgen Klinsmann is Making All the Right Moves, and US Soccer is on Fire"

Player Ratings:

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Steve Davis (NBC Pro Soccer Talk)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 4 - South Korea 1

Photo Credit: Zimbio

Abby Wambach crept closer to Mia Hamm's all-time international scoring record as the United States women's national team cruised to a 4-1 win over South Korea in front of 13,000 in Foxborough, Mass.

A 93rd minute penality kick pushed Wambach to within two of Hamm's 158 career goals. FC Kansas City defender Kristie Mewis scored her first international goal while Carli Lloyd and Lauren Cheney pilled on as well for the USWNT.

The match was game one of two against South Korea. The second to be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on Thursday, June 20th at 6:30pm CT on NBC Sports Network.

Highlights:

 

Reaction:

 

Recap and analysis from women's soccer's best writers/sites:

Equalizer Soccer - "US women roll over Korea Republic; Wambach scores"

Jeff Kassouf (NBC Pro Soccer Talk) - "Wambach inches closer, US women upend Korea Republic"

ESPNW - "Abby Wambach, U.S. Top South Korea"

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT, Video

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Panama 0

The United States men's national team took pole position in CONCACAF's "Hex" and is nearly a lock for going to Brazil in 2014 after a decisve 2-0 win over Panama in front of nearly 41,000 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, WA. Jozy Altidore provided the opening goal in the 36th minute, giving him three goals in the last three games. It wasn't necessary, but Seattle Sounders' Eddie Johnson delighted the home crowd with the Nats second goal of the evening in the 53rd minute.

Combined with Mexico's dour 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at Estadio Azteca the USMNT now tops their World Cup qualifying group with 10 points and a 3-1-1 record.

They'll face Honduras at Rio Tinto Stadium next Tuesday at 9pm ET.

Highlights:

 
Epic tifo from "The American Outlaws" and their Seattle chapter:
 
Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Player Ratings:
 
 
 
 

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USMNT 2 - Jamaica 1

Just another day at "The Office", right?

The United States men's national team beat Jamaica in dramatic fashion last night with Brad Evans smashing a stoppage-time shot into the back of the net to win 2-1. Jozy Altidore stayed hot scoring his second goal in two matches (his first in a competitive U.S. game since 2011).

Both sides exchanged chances off the post, but it was the U.S. who drew first blood. Graham Zusi found free space to cross the ball and Altidore headed it home. The second half devolved into a series of half-chances and close shaves for the Nats' defense until 89th minute when the wheels came off. Just like the USMNT's last visit to Kingston, a free-kick in a dangerous position and poor man-marking (plus a little help from being offsides), and Jamaica had their equalizer on a Jermaine Beckford header.

With four minutes of stoppage-time a Michael Bradley received a pass back from his short corner, snuck the ball under the foot of a Jamaican defender to find Evans. Evans pivoted towards the goal and fired a shot past the defense and goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. 

Three points. Get on the plane.

The Nats continue their World Cup qualifying journey at home against Panama from Seattle at 6:30pm PT on ESPN.

Highlights:

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on the U.S.' stunning win in Jamaica"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) - "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from a reassuring USMNT win in Jamaica"

Steve Davis (Pro Soccer Talk) - "U.S. now in great shape for World Cup  qualifying"

Doug McIntyre (ESPN) - "U.S. finally has more width in attack"

Livio Bird (American Soccer Now) - "Office Schematics: How the U.S. Defeated Jamaica"

Will Parchman (The Shin Guardian) - "The USA v. Jamaica Retro Diary: 2-1 USA WHAAAAAT!"

Player Ratings:

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times/ Yanks Abroad)

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: USWNT 3 - Canada 0

The women's national team provided the icing on the cake for the United States' soccer Centennial celebration beating Canada 3-0 in Toronto.

The first half wouldn't see any goals from a resolute Canadian defense, but all of that good work was undone as Alex Morgan scored twice in about two minutes midway through the second half and Sydney Leroux tallied a goal in stoppage time.

The Lady Nats will face South Korea in a pair of matches later this month; June 15th in Boston and June 20th in New Jersey.

Alex Morgan's First Goal:

 

Alex Morgan's Second Goal:

 

Sydney Leroux's Goal:

 

Post-Game Quote Sheet

 

Analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Richard Farley (Pro Soccer Talk) - "Five takeaways from the United States’ win over Canada"

Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Soccer) - "Morgan, Leroux lift US women over Canada"

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT

The After Bar: USMNT 4 - Germany 3

If you're going to celebrate your 100th birthday you might as well go big. The United States men's national team jumped out to a surprising 4-1 over Germany and then held on for a 4-3 win in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. A sold-out crowd of over 47,000 packed RFK Stadium and saw Jozy Altidore return to the score sheet for the USMNT and a deuce for captain Clint Dempsey. A comical own-goal in the middle of the first half completed the scoring.

The Nats resume qualifying for the 2014 World Cup this Friday against Jamaica. Kickoff at 9:30 ET on BeIN Sport.

Highlights:

 

Reaction:

 

Post Match Quotes

 

Reaction and analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "Three thoughts on the USA's friendly win over Germany"

The Shin Guardian - "USA 4 – Germany 3: Ten Things We Didn’t Learn On Sunday"

Steve Davis (Pro Soccer Talk) - "Three things that looked great for the United States vs. Germany … and three that didn’t"

 

Player Ratings:

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Greg Seltzer (MLSSoccer.com)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar: Belgium 4 - USMNT 2

The United States mens's national team learned some hard lessons in their 4-2 loss to Belgium Wednesday night in Cleveland, Ohio. The Nats fell behind early only to snag one goal back through defender Geoff Cameron. The wheels came off in the second half as the U.S. defense gave up three goals in a fifteen minute period. Clint Dempsey's late penalty was the sole consolation of a poor second half. 

The USMNT faces Germany on Sunday in their Centennial match from Washinton, D.C. before resuming World Cup Qualifying on Friday June 7th against Jamaica.

Geoff Cameron Goal:

Clint Dempsey Goal:

Reaction:

 

Post-Match Quotes

Reaction and analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

Grant Wahl (Sports Illustrated) - "U.S. defense exposed in ugly friendly loss to Belgium"

Matthew Doyle (MLSSoccer.com) -  "Armchair Analyst: Three things we learned from the USMNT loss to Belgium"

Roger Bennett (ESPN) - "What we learned from the U.S. loss to Belgium"

Player Ratings:

Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

Jeff Carlisle (ESPN)

Brian Sciaretta (New York Times)

Ives Galarcep (Soccer By Ives)

Tags: The After Bar, USMNT

The After Bar - USWNT 3 - Germany 3

The United States women's nation team kicked off their European tour with a barn-buring 3-3 draw against Germany. The match coincided with U.S. Soccer's 100th anniversary as well. Germany fought back twice (down 1-0 and 3-1) to earn a share of the result in a battle between women's soccer's number one and number two teams.

Abby Wambach scored her 155th career goal (just three shy of Mia Hamm's total mark) while Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan also made the scoresheet with great goals.

The USWNT will face the Netherlands Tuesday afternoon at 12pm CT. The match will stream for free on ESPNW.com and ESPN3.com

Highlights and Player Reaction/Breakdown:

Reaction:

 

Analysis from some of women's soccer's best writers:

Jeff Kassouf (Equalizer Soccer) - "Late surge sees Germany end level with USWNT"

 

 

Tags: The After Bar, USWNT, Video

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