It’s great to be an American soccer fan at a time when both the National Men’s and Women’s Teams are chalking up wins. If Jon’s great analysis of the last few matches wasn’t enough for you we bring you a few other perspectives in the Happy Hour. Also, one of our allies’ teams gets some new kits and via Jay DeMerit we find out about Stu Holden’s representing Bolton in a UK literacy project. Finally, a new soccer ally gives us an excuse to revisit a video we love.

We’re not the only soccer blog with a new writer covering the U.S. Men’s National Team. Mike Cardillo will be writing for our friends over at the Free Beer Movement and gives his thoughts on last night’s match. (The Free Beer Movement)

And as always The Shin Guardian provides their adept observations on USA vs. Panama. (The Shin Guardian)

I’ve always thought a pro soccer team should go with a purple kit, and it looks like ally Jamie Watson will get to wear one down in Orlando this year. (KCKRS)

Jay DeMerit picked on his USMNT roomie Stu Holden on Twitter a bit over his participation in a children’s literacy project over in the UK. Jay may pick, but our writer Kevin thinks Stu is being all cute in his video. We think they should just team up and start Jay and Stu’s Center for Kids Who Can’t Read Good. (National Literacy Trust)

Finally, Jimmy Conrad is officially a Soccer Ally. So we use this as an excuse to re-share this Summer of 2011 classic with Jimmy and Michael Lahoud, another ally.