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SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Italy Must Restructure National Team to Compete

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Italy Must Restructure National Team to Compete

“Forza Azzurri!” The echoes of that cheer lasted for 11 years of ups and downs for the Italian National Team, all in the aftermath of the most glorious moment in all of sports: winning the World Cup in 2006. Now, the sounds of Italian splendor and joy seem a distant[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer’s Best Team Slowing With Age

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer’s Best Team Slowing With Age

They are too old. They do not have any depth. Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema are over the hill. These are all axioms we have heard over the years with regard to Real Madrid. Year after year, Real Madrid continues to prove doubters wrong, winning back-to-back Champions League titles between[Read More…]

by November 10, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
CRAIGE, SANTAMARIA | PSG: A Major Title Contender

CRAIGE, SANTAMARIA | PSG: A Major Title Contender

In our column last week, we lauded Kylian Mbappé as the wonder kid who helped Ligue 1 club Paris Saint-Germain achieve a dominant start to the season. After Tuesday, the team has broken out to an incredible start in the UEFA Champions League, qualifying for the knockout stages after four games[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Young Talents Signal Bright Future for Soccer and Basketball

At the start of every NBA season, we are treated to an array of rookies and second-year players poised for a breakout season. The same holds true in soccer, where youth players are a hot commodity for any team, from both tactical and marketing perspectives. In both sports, the best[Read More…]

by October 27, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | USMNT Must Overcome Bias Against Players Born Abroad

Since our last column, we have had the pleasure of seeing Bruce Arena resign as the head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team, as well as learning that several candidates may run for president of the U.S. Soccer Federation come February. The current president, Sunil Gulati, is largely[Read More…]

by October 20, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | US Men’s Soccer: A National Embarrassment

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | US Men’s Soccer: A National Embarrassment

The U.S. men’s national team is an embarrassment. Failing to qualify for the World Cup is one thing; failing to do so because the team failed to draw against Trinidad and Tobago — a country that has only qualified for the World Cup once in its history — is a[Read More…]

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer Needs All-Star Game

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Soccer Needs All-Star Game

In a game filled with larger than life superstars — Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar — there is somehow no official all-star game across Europe’s five major leagues. Messi and Ronaldo are arguably two of the best five players ever, and while they play each other at least twice a[Read More…]

by October 6, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns
SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Man City Typifies Dominance

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | Man City Typifies Dominance

Twenty-four is a recognizable number. There are 24 carats in pure gold; 24 hours in a day; and there have been 24 goals scored in the month of September by Manchester City. In six games, Man City has tallied an average of four goals per contest en route to winning[Read More…]

by September 29, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports Columns

SANTAMARIA & CRAIGE | US Soccer Faces Identity Crisis

The United States of America and dominance are synonymous when discussing international basketball. When it comes to soccer, however, the U.S. is nothing but an afterthought. Ever since the 2016 Copa America, the United States Men’s National Soccer Team has been on a downward spiral. Now-former coach Jurgen Klinsmann finally[Read More…]

by September 8, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns

CRAIGE, SANTAMARIA| Stars’ Moves Rattle Respective Teams

No championship team remains intact forever. Kyrie Irving and Neymar Jr., both inextricably tied to championship-winning teams, are no longer with the very teams that yielded them fame and success.  Similarly, they are now emblematic of the age-old narrative of wanting to step out of legendary teammates’ shadows: LeBron James[Read More…]

by September 1, 2017 0 comments Sports, Sports - Top, Sports Columns