After an embarrassing defeat to Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF and not even qualifying for the Fifa World Cup, the USMNT (U.S. Men’s National Team) is lost. They have no one steering the soccer ship as National Team coach Bruce Arena resigned following the team’s failure to qualify. They are now out of meaningful international competition for some time so what does the team do now?
Enter former French National team and PSG coach Laurent Blanc, who is now being considered for the job. ESPN’s Jonathan Johnson reported that the team is interested in Blanc and he is receptive to the idea of molding the team. If he is given the job he will have an uphill climb to restore the team to a respectable level but he will have almost total control.
Blanc has been out of work since he left PSG last year after taking that team to three Coupes de la Ligue titles in three years. He is a winner who does nothing but builds competitors and we think his hiring would be amazing for the USMNT.
The USMNT has never been a force in the World Cup but hiring a coach like Blanc would be a good step in the right direction. In the 2012 UEFA World Championships, he coached France all the way to the quarter-final stage where they lost to the eventual winners, Spain.
The US is a country of untapped soccer talent since the sport is still not as popular as football, basketball, and baseball. The USMNT is an exciting team to coach with budding superstars like Christian Pulisic and a cast of intriguing talent. It all depends on who the team decides to hire to steer them in the right direction.
Some like former USMNT star Taylor Twellman think Blanc is a poor choice to lead the squad into the future.
He states on Twitter that “Laurent Blanc would be a poor fit for the USMNT IMO. For a start, he admits himself that he likes coaching teams ready to succeed.”
That is a good point because the USMNT is nowhere near ready to compete on a major level like Blanc’s last few coaching spots.
On the other hand, grabbing a coach with Blanc’s prestige and swagger would be a great coup for a struggling team and demoralized fan base. Seriously, what do soccer fans in the US think? They can’t be happy about this entire situation, especially after the Klinsmann years.
I honestly have no clue why the team hired Arena again, but what do I know?
France Takes Down Croatia To Bring Home The World Cup
France beat Croatia 4-2 on Sunday to take home the World Cup.
The 2018 World Cup will go down as one of the most thrilling World Cups in recent memory. And when all the dust cleared, France was crowned the champion. They beat Croatia 4-2 in the tournament’s final game.
Croatia put up there best fight, but in the end, France was just too talented and too deep. Since the length of games was increased to 90-minutes, the 6 total goals were the most goals we’ve seen in a final since 1958. Which, by the way, was the first appearance of the greatness that was Brazil. He scored in the ’58 final that saw his Brazil team beat Sweden. And this time around, France’s Kylian Mbappe was the 19-year-old that stole the show.
There were plenty of moments in plenty of games in which France did not play their best football. But they stuck to their game to get the job done. And that game is a cautious and economical one. It was almost as if they were constantly playing a game of cat and mouse. Never fully at 100% but always capable of doing so. But they did catch their fair share of lucky breaks as well. Croatia, on the other hand, did not.
“What we had in terms of luck earlier in the tournament, we lacked in the final,” Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic said after the game. “I don’t think you can give a penalty like that in a World Cup final, but this in no way diminishes France’s victory.”
Another major part of France’s success was the group of lightning-fast youngsters coach Didier Deschamps had at his disposal. Players like Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, and Paul Pogba. And yet, despite the pure athleticism and speed of such players, Deschamps still managed to get them to buy into a hard-working, almost blue-collar attitude that ground down their opponents.
And now all the talk is about Mbappe and his future stardom. Over the generations, football has been all about the stars. Just look at the international fame and financial success of players like Messi and Ronaldo. And after his incredible World Cup performance, many believe Mbappe will soon be joining them in the fame department. Oh, and by the way, neither Messi or Ronaldo have ever won a World Cup.
And it’s not like he just showed up out of the blue. He was already a major and highly paid star in the Champions League. “Kylian Mbappe is the guy that Ronaldo and Messi are handing the crown over to,” former Man. U defender Rio Ferdinand said in an interview with BBC. “He is the guy who will be standing up on that Ballon d’Or podium in years to come. Easy.”
High praise for such a young player. But it’s hard to argue with. I for one can’t wait to see what this young phenom has in store for us.
The 2026 World Cup Is Coming To America
The World Cup will return to America in 2026.
Despite the fact that The United States missed the World Cup this year for the first time since 1986, they still managed to secure hosting duties for the 2026 Cup. It was a historic moment as it is the first time that the winning bid was actually a joint one between three countries.
Technically the Cup will be played in Mexico, The United States, and Canada. but 60 of the total 80 games will be played in the U.S., including all games from the quarterfinals and beyond. So while Mexico and Canada will host some of the games, the 2026 World Cup will be remembered as taking place in the good ole’ U.S. of A. If that number 80 seems off to you, that’s because this will be the first World Cup to feature a field of 48 teams, rather than the usual 32. A massive jump.
The three countries beat out poor Morocco, the only other country on the ballot. The final tally was 134 votes for The United States of Mexanada and 65 for Morocco. Iran strangely chose neither option. While Slovenia, Spain, and Cuba abstained from the process altogether.
It was a long-awaited sigh of relieve for U.S. Soccer, as they were surprised (to say the least) when they didn’t win the bid to host the 2022 World Cup in 2010. That went to Qatar in a vote that was eventually revealed to be about as corrupt as they get. It was wrought with bribes and other illegal dealings that lead to multiple arrests of high-powered individuals in 2015.
The big difference between the two votes is that the voting system was completely overhauled! In previous votes, only a few dozen people at FIFA were responsible for picking the eligible countries and voting on who would host. So it’s easy to see how they were corrupted. But this most recent vote involved representatives of all eligible countries. A refreshing and fair process.
Carlos Cordiero, the president of United States soccer is largely responsible for the victory as he spent many of the past months visiting as many countries as he could to convince them the Cup should come to America. “I’m convinced that it was critical to get in front of people, face-to-face,” he said. “They are elected federation officials just like we are, and you can relate to them because of that – whether it’s a big country or a small one.”
Well, I for one thank you, Carlos, and couldn’t be more excited for the Cup to come back to America! I just wish I didn’t have to wait eight years to see it. 2026 can’t come fast enough!
World Cup Embarassment For The USMNT
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team suffered embarrassment by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1986
The United States Men’s National Soccer Team suffered horrible embarrassment by not qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia for the first time since 1986. This is a unique problem for America seeing as it was always just assumed that we would qualify for the World Cup and lose somewhere along the way. In fact, the last World Cup in 2014 saw the USMNT surprise everyone by reaching the round of 16 only to lose a thriller to Belgium that saw them win after scoring twice in extra time. That was definitely a huge shock considering just how many talented big names were in Belgium and how little were on the USMNT. Belgium had the names of Marouane Fellaini, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelo Lukaku while Tim Howard was the only star for the United States.
This year was supposed to be an exciting one for the UNited STates. They were coming back off of the impressive World Cup play from four years ago and would hopefully improve upon that to maybe progress to the round of 8. Honestly though, even reaching the round of 16 again would be a huge accomplishment for that team. However, none of that is going to happen after the United States played a horrible game that saw them lose to Trinidad & Tobago 2-1. This is the same score of their highly impressive loss to Belgium in the 2014 World Cup. The big difference is that the 2014 loss was a huge accomplishment and the loss to Trinidad & Tobago wasn’t just a huge disappointment, it was an embarrassment. We were supposed to get better, but instead, we have gotten worse. Much worse.
What makes this loss so hard to take and so frustrating is the fact that the USMNT does have talent and quality, we just have a hard time utilizing it correctly. We have Christian Pulisic who is a wunderkind that is currently playing in Germany for the excellent squad Borussia Dortmund. Soccer has never been bigger in the United States and this is the time to capitalize on it. However, instead of capitalizing on it we just decided to trot basically the same team out on the field with an old manager, Bruce Arena and played a terrible game against a team that shouldn’t play us close at all.
The CONCACAF is a joke in the international soccer world and not being able to qualify in such an easy division is unbelievable. With how big of a country the US is and with all of the money we spend on soccer we should be able to put together a better soccer team than Costa Rica, Panama or Honduras, all of which finished higher in the table than we did. There is no way we should have lost to such a terrible team last night. It is time to fire the manager and let all of the 40-year-olds on the roster go. We need to start growing a good soccer team from the youth and stop trotting out the same losers so we can be disappointed again and again. We put together one fairytale run in 2014 but those fairytale days are clearly over.
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