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The After Bar - USMNT 1 - Guatemala 1

Photo Credit: MOISES CASTILLO/ASSOCIATED PRESS

The United States national team left Guatemala with a valuable World Cup Qualifying road point, but will be left wondering if it could have been more in their 1-1 draw. A late Macro Pappa free kick earned the hosts a share of the spoils after Clint Dempsey put the Nats aheda before halftime with his 27th international goal. For long spells the U.S. controlled the match, but failed to completely impose itself on the Guatemalans. The usual theatrics that accompany an away match in CONCACAF set up Pappa's chance and the Chicago Fire man only needed one good look to freeze Tim Howard a snatch a point.

As usual, "The After Bar" brings you all the best writers and anaylst American soccer has to offer, along with highlights, in one place.

Highlights:

 

Post-Match Reaction from coach Jurgen Klinsmann, Tim Howard, Clint Dempsey, and Geoff Cameron:

 

 

Game analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

- Grant Wahl "U.S settles for tie, but in decent qualifying state" (Sports Illustrated)

- Steve Davis "Talkers from U.S.-Guatemala" (NBC Sports Network)

- Matthew Doyle "Three Things We Learned from U.S.- Guatemala" (MLS Soccer)

- Mike Cardillo "Guat-ugh-mala" (That's On Point)

Player Ratings/Grades:

- Brian Sciaretta (New York Time "Goal" Blog)

- Greg Seltzer (MLS Soccer)

- Avi Creditor (Sports Illustrated)

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The After Bar - USMNT vs. Antigua and Barbuda

A shaky win is still a win. The U.S. national team opened their World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over CONCACAF upstarts, Antigua and Barbuda, in soggy Tampa, Florida. Carlos Bocanegra tied the all-time scoring mark (15 with Marcelo Balboa) for defenders with the Nats first goal, a "racoon job" at the back post. Clint Dempsey put away a penalty kick after Landon Donovan was hacked down in the box and Herculez Gomez chalked up another tally in the second half.

Antigua and Barbuda snagged on back after Oguchi Onyewu entered the match and was quickly left behind. Onyewu's been a fixture in the USMNT lineup for sometime, but is now more like a store fixture in defense.

We said:

Video Highlights:

Game analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

- Avi Creditor: "Three Post-Game Thoughts" (Sports Illustrated)

- Steve Davis: "Five Points to Ponder" (NBC Sports Network)

- Matthew Doyle "Three Things We Learned" (MLS Soccer)

- The Shin Guardian: "Winning Ugly"

Player Ratings/Grades:

- Brent Lathem: "Grading the U.S. in World Cup Qualifying" (ESPN)

- Greg Seltzer: "Yanks Underwhelm in WCQ Opener" (MLS Soccer)

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The After Bar - USMNT vs. Canada

Photo Credit: REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

A celebration for Canada's cenntiential of soccer was also a celebration in mediocrity as the U.S. Men's National Team was held (or survived) through a bore, scoreless draw against their neighbors to the North. Clint Dempsey made his return to the starting XI, but more than a few shades off, Clarence Goodson was more than servicable in the centreal defense, and Landon Donovan may or may not have actually been on the field.

As usually we present to you, "The After Bar". All the highlights, post-game reaction, and a round up of the top analysts and player graders in American soccer.

Feast.

"Highlights": 

Post-Game Reaction from Jurgen Klinsmann, Carlos Bocanegra, Clarence Goodson, Tim Howard, and Michael Bradley: 

Game analysis from some of American soccer's best writers:

- Grant Wahl: "U.S. Fails to Impress in Scoreless Draw" (Sports Illustrated)

- Steve Davis: "A Trio of Talkers on U.S.-Canada" (NBC Sports Network's Pro Soccer Talk) 

- The Shin Guardian: "US Draws Canada, TSG Draws Observations"

- Roger Bennett: "A Game To Forget" (ESPN)

- Matthew Doyle: "Armchair Analyst: Three Things We Learned" (MLSSoccer.com)

Player Ratings/Grades:

- Greg Seltzer: "Player Ratings in Frustrating Evening" (MLSSoccer.com)

- Jack Bell: "Player Ratings" (New York Time "Goal" Blog)

- Avi Creditor: "U.S. Leaves Few Positives in Draw" (Sports Illustrated)

 

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The After Bar - USMNT vs. Brazil

Photo Credit: Geoff Burke/US Presswire

The U.S. National Team dropped a 4-1 decision to Brazil in front of over 76,000 at FedEx Field in the nation's capital (OK.. technically Maryland, but whatever...). A rough PK call on Oguchi Onyewu (who just had a rought night, period) started the scoring for Brazil.

The final scoreline would indicate a steady win for the South American, but for long stretches of the match the Nats stuck close. Herculez Gomez got his first start for the U.S. since the 2010 World Cup and brought a goal back right before halftime to close the gap, 2-1. Rafael, Brazil's goalkeeper, not the Ninja Turtle, made a series of stunning saves late in the game to deny the Americans any consolation goals.

Highlights:

 
Post-Game Press Confernce from Klinsmann:
 
 
Post-Match Quotes from Klinsmann, Herculez Gomez, and Landon Donovan:
 

Game Wraps/ Analysis from some of the most respected American soccer writers:

- Grant Wahl' s Three Things(Sports Illustrated)

- Avi Creditor's Player Grades (Sports Illustrated)

- Steve Davis's Three Questions (NBC Sports Network)

- Jeff Carisle's Player Ratings (ESPN)

- Greg Seltzer's Player Ratings (MLSSoccer.com)

- Matt Doyle's Three Things We Learned (MLSSoccer.com)

- Jack Bell's Player Ratings (New York Times "Goal" Blog)

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- The Shin Guardian (Coming soon)

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The After Bar - USWNT Defeats China, 4-1

Photo Credit: Drew Hallowell / Getty Imagines

The U.S. Women's National Team gave up the early goal to China, but struck back through a pair of Alex Morgan goals, an own goal, and Abby Wambach to beat China, 4-1, in front of a sold out crowd in Philadelphia.

18,573 saw the USWNT debut their new uniforms (just like the men's) and start their preparations for this summer's Olympic games in London.

Goals (videos coming soon):

Alex Morgan (35th min)

Own Goal (37th min)

Alex Morgan (50th min)

Abby Wambach (83rd min)

Post-Game reaction from Pia Sundhage, Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, and Alex Morgan.

Game wraps and analysis from some top women's soccer writers:

- Jenna Pel for Pro Soccer Talk (NBC Sports Network)

- Jeff Kassouf for NBC Olympics

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The After Bar - USMNT vs. Scotland

Photo Credit: Alan Mendez/ AP.

The U.S. Men's National Team got their "five-game tournament" off to a cracking start. Landon Donovan marked his return from a nearly nine month abscence with a hat-trick and showed why he's still one of the team's most creative and dangerous players. Michael Bradley smashed home a goal worthy of the SportsCenter highlight reels.

The 5-1 win for the USMNT over Scotland was the biggest of Jurgen Klinsmann's reign.

Highlights below:

 
Post-Match Comments from Klinnsmann, Terrance Boyd, Carlos Bocanegra, Landon Donovan, and Michael Bradley.
 

Some distinguished writers and their wrap ups/evaluations:

- Grant Wahl's Three Thoughs (Sports Illustrated)

- Jay Bell's Snap Judgements (The Shin Guardian)

- Jeff Carlisle's Player Grades (ESPN)

- John Godfrey's Player Ratings (New York Times "Goal" Blog)

- Greg Seltzer's Player Ratings (MLSSoccer.com)

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The After Bar - USWNT Highlights and Post-Match Comments

 
 

Alex Morgan scored a pair for the U.S. Women's National Team as they overcame a 1-0 deficit to grab the win in stoppage time, 2-1.

Fun fact: The two headers in the 88th and 93rd minute meant that ten of her career 16 goals have come in the 80th minute or later.

An uncharacteristically poor backpass to second half goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart gave New Zealand the lead shortly after halftime (49th minute), but the sometimes sloppy Lady Nats found another victory in the jaws of defeat.

The game was played in near-freezing temperatures at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas in front of a sell out 20,677 fans, the largest home crowd to see a women's soccer game since the 1999 Women's World Cup Final in Los Angeles.

The match was the first since the USWNT qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and their only game on U.S. soil before leaving for Portugal to prepare for the Algarve Cup and, potentially, their ninth title of that tournament, at the end of the month.

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