News in Brief: USMNT Earn Impressive Draw at The Azteca, Minnesota Hold Academy Tryouts, and More

by on 13 June 2017

 USMNT fallout

The USMNT earned four points in World Cup Qualifying this past FIFA International window. Two goals from USA wonder-kid Christian Pulisic earned a win against Trinidad and Tobago. In an even more impressive display, the Yanks earned a draw against Mexico away at the Azteca (their third point ever there in World Cup Qualifying). In the match against Mexico, Michael Bradley did this. You should turn the volume on for this one.

Since the final whistle blew at the Azteca, multiple writers have released their thoughts on how the International Break went for the USMNT. Most if not all of these writers are more talented than I am, so I will link off to the best of the best from the USMNT fallout. Will Parchman of Top Drawer Soccer wrote about how Christian Pulisic has become indispensable for the USMNT. Matthew Doyle over on wrote how Bruce Arena drew inspiration from Costa Rica in his tactical approach against Mexico. Paul Tenorio of Four Four Two goes over the tactical differences between Bruce Arena and Jurgen Klinsmann. And Jon Arnold of gave readers a Mexican National Team perspective.

Finally, here are a couple of tweets to satiate you stat nerds (I say that lovingly).

Minnesota hold Academy tryouts

In the video Manny Lagos and Academy Director, Tim Miller talk about the upcoming Academy teams for Minnesota United. At the end of the trials, MNUFC will name 20 full-time players for their U-14 and U-13 squads. Players who are under 12 will be named to the pre-development academy. If you look really closely, you’ll be able to see a certain Englishman giving the youngsters some pointers.

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  • Mallahet

    I’ll admit I watched the US vs MEX game on Univision, because it was over the air. Screw having cable.

  • Clark Starr

    I have absolutely zero knowledge of salaries, etc., but in that article it says that Hector Herrera is not playing hardly at all at Porto. I guess he’s technically not exactly what the Loons need, but I’ve always liked him. Plus, he looks like the guy who hosts Mystery on PBS, the scot… his name is escaping me.