The USMNT rebounded at the CONCACAF U-20 Championships, beating Haiti 4-1. The win moved the USMNT into 2nd-place in Group B, ahead of Haiti on goal difference and trailing group leaders Panama by three points. The USMNT closes out group play against St Kitts and Nevis on Friday. St Kitts and Nevis lost 4-0 to Panama, leaving them with no points and a -8 goal difference. Haiti went ahead . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. What became an easy discussion topic over the MLS off season now gets 90 minutes on the field. How well will MLS teams still in their preseason do? Is one guaranteed place in the semifinals already a win for MLS? Is anything CONCACAF comes up with just another exercise in handing a trophy to a Liga MX club? Saprissa and Pachuca . . .
The road to the U-20 World Cup is now more complicated for the USMNT. After losing 1-0 to Panama, the pressure is on the USMNT to recover in Group A on Tuesday against Haiti (5:30pm ET - Univision Deportes). Haiti opened group play with a 5-1 win over St Kitts and Nevis. For the USMNT, the loss against Panama led to swift criticism. Both teams finished with two shots each on goal. The USMNT led . . .
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan got the start in the 3-2 win over Oxford United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Middlesbrough moves on to play the winner of Huddersfield vs Manchester City. That game ended scoreless at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Grant Leadbitter put Middlesbrough up from the penalty spot in the 26th minute with Rudy Gestede doubling the lead in the 34th. Oxford . . .
It's the Fifth Round of the FA Cup on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Two non-league teams have made it to the round of 16, Lincoln City and Sutton United. Though both face Premier League teams, it's Lincoln with the slightly better chance away to Burnley. Sutton United gets a home game, but it's against Arsenal. Liga MX's clasico is also on the Saturday schedule. Burnley vs Lincoln City at . . .
We start the Friday soccer news with DC United getting to announce a groundbreaking for their new stadium. For those of you that assumed this already happened, the proposed stadium in the scenically named Buzzard Point has needed additional approval. That came from the District of Columbia earlier this week. The Washington Post's Steven Goff runs through the history of the Buzzard Pont stadium . . .
It's another story of a club crashing out in the first-leg of the Champions League knockout round. This time, it's Arsenal. Following their 5-1 loss at Bayern Munich, it was easy to draw a line between then and now for manager Arsene Wenger. The problem is that it's not the only line, just the latest. Predicting the end for Wenger's run in charge of Arsenal is nothing new. Following the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the question facing the LA Galaxy’s preseason MLS Cup chances centered on their opponents. It was the common question. Is there anyone as strong as the Galaxy who will contend for MLS Cup? With four MLS Cup appearances in a six-year span, it was also a legitimate one. In the post-Bruce Arena era, though, that . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Winter has been, oddly enough, a fruitful season for Major League Soccer. Teams around the league are adding talented players, quite often earlier in their career who might not have been attainable in years past. There are many reasons for the rising talent level of MLS, not the least of which are its rising profile and willingness . . .
Also in the soccer news, Barcelona's 4-0 loss at PSG creates another opportunity for hand-wringing about the Champions League. If a super club can lose so badly in a knockout round first-leg, what does this mean?US Soccer revealed the latest uniforms for the US National Teams. It's the USA version of the red template Nike used with Portugal and England. Portugal won Euro 2016 wearing a similar . . .