Category Archives: Monday Morning Centerback

Monday Morning Centerback: Why did the U.S. Under-20s fail?

Whose fault is it? That is the question some U.S. national team fans are asking after the U.S. Under-20 national team's early exit from the Under-20 World Cup. Who is to blame for the failings of a collection of what is supposed … Continue reading »

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Monday Morning Centerback: On the US Under-20s, SBI’s MLS MVP vote and more

                                                                                Photo by ISIphotos.com It was an ugly loss, but one you came away feeling didn't have to happen. The U.S. Under-20 national team's 3-0 loss to Germany was never really competitive, at least in the sense that the Americans … Continue reading »

Posted in MLS- New England Revolution, MLS- San Jose Earthquakes, Monday Morning Centerback, U.S. Youth National Teams, Under-20 World Cup | 74 Comments

Monday Morning Centerback: On MLS referees

                                                         Photo by ISIphotos.com Are there any good MLS referees in MLS? Any? It is a question worth asking after another weekend of questionable decisions and matches decided by the incorrect or missed calls of the men whose jobs it … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, Monday Morning Centerback | 67 Comments

Monday Morning Centerback: The Day After

                                                                             Photo by ISIphotos.com It is the day after one of the U.S. national team's most dramatic victories of the past decade and although a stiff test awaits on Wednesday in World No. 1 Spain, the Americans have earned the … Continue reading »

Posted in Confederations Cup, Monday Morning Centerback, U.S. Men's National Team | 301 Comments

MMCB: The improbable case of Anton Peterlin

You know the script all too well. American soccer player with foreign roots gets a chance of a lifetime and signs with a big English club. It is the basic premise behind the movie "Goal", but it is also the … Continue reading »

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MMCB: Discovering the Pacific Northwest and why it’s perfect for MLS

                                                                                    Photo by ISIphotos.com I am an East Coast guy. There is no denying that and I have never made a secret of it. You can call me on my "East Coast Bias" and I probably won't argue … Continue reading »

Posted in Major League Soccer, MLS- Expansion, MLS- Seattle Sounders, MLS- Vancouver Whitecaps, Monday Morning Centerback | 94 Comments

MMCB: Donovan’s best and last chance to impress Bayern

  The stage is set for Landon Donovan and only he can deliver. The U.S. national team star won't find a better opportunity than the one that now stands before him. He is on loan with Bayern Munich, trying to … Continue reading »

Posted in Americans Abroad, European Soccer, MLS- LA Galaxy, Monday Morning Centerback, U.S. Men's National Team | 53 Comments

Monday Morning Centerback: Enough about what the College Cup wasn’t and what college soccer isn’t

  Maybe it was all the hype coming into the Final Four about Wake Forest and its loaded quad. Perhaps it was the talk about how deep the upcoming MLS Draft is and how well represented this Final Four would … Continue reading »

Posted in College Soccer, Monday Morning Centerback | 52 Comments

Monday Morning Center Back: Can an MLS team succeed with two DP slots?

(Good morning all. It has been a long time coming, but the weekly SBI series Monday Morning Center Back is and I will be looking to keep it as permanent weekly fixture in the post rotation. The MMCB will be a … Continue reading »

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