ASN Morning Read: A Trip Down Memory Lane

Examining why the U.S. failed to qualify for nine consecutive World Cups in the 20th century; The U.S. U-20s win another big match at the Dallas Cup; NYCFC will call Yankee Stadium home for a few years.
BY Jesse Yomtov Posted
April 15, 2014
7:52 AM
  • It’s hard to imagine in 2014, but it wasn’t that long ago that the U.S. was in the midst of a 40-year World Cup drought. The Philly Soccer Page has a spectacular piece on why the U.S. failed to qualify for the tournament between 1950 to 1990.

    And of course that’s an excuse to watch Paul Caligiuri’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World:

  • The U.S. U-20s won their second match in as many days at the Dallas Cup, beating Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 behind goals from Benji Lopez, Zach Pfeffer and Romain Gall. Next up is Tigres on Wednesday.

  • Jozy Altidore sent a signed photo to a teenager with Williams Syndrome, who had written Altidore a letter as a form of therapy. Good guy.

  • New York City FC will play at Yankee Stadium for three years. Can’t imagine anybody is happy with this situation.
  • Stoke City boss Mark Hughes was in in the stands Sunday to see Juan Agudelo score a winner for Utrecht.

  • A Reuters/Ipsos poll poll says two of three Americans don't plan on following the World Cup.

  • On Manaus: "The city is nestled so tightly into the jungle that the heavy daily rains can knock out electricity and Internet service in places, sometimes for hours."

  • Brad Guzan says Aston Villa is "desperate" to end its current four-game losing streak, which has put the team just four points clear of the relegation zone

  • The “Ian Darke Calls A Blind Date” ad was a huge success, but it might not have even been the best idea ESPN’s marketing team came up with. Another possibility was “Ian Explains America,” vignettes in which Darke would eat a Cronut and explain “twerking.” Somebody should launch a Kickstarter to get that made.
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