By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - The Seattle Sounders are the exception that proves the rule. The rule that MLS coaches get plenty of time before their club even considers firing them. That's true even in an underwhelming season. Most MLS teams aren't interested in paying off a fired coach while paying the new guy. That's not how MLS economics work. Once again, . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - England's new manager "Big Sam" Allardyce has already canceled a friendly. He's also let everybody know he's not playing anybody out of position. He's had the job for less than a week. Come in shouting, or something like that. It's an English tradition, showing from day one who's really in charge. Whether pro soccer should still work that way . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - Stop me if you've heard this one before. Someone looks at MLS and notices that the quality of play still isn't all that high. Especially in comparison with the bright lights of Europe, MLS suffers. Even against Liga MX, the comparison won't flatter Major League Soccer. Does it even make a difference who says it? This time, it's former MLS . . .
If you've never experienced winter in Britain and Western Europe, it's not pleasant. The regularly scheduled cold and rainy weather gets colder. It's dark early. People would rather be indoors. That's why the Eredivisie decides to pack it in for almost a month. There are no games from mid-December through mid-January, with all involved recognizing that the weather probably won't cooperate. Is it . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 25, 2016) US Soccer Players – We know that the MLS All-Star Game isn’t set in stone. Things change. The game changes with them. For MLS, that meant letting go of the standard East vs West in favor of…. Well, in favor of experimenting. We’re deep into the era of the foreign club playing the All-Stars. There have been more of those games than any of the . . .
Well, he does have a point. It would be nice to think that the complex analytics currently under discussion in soccer will lead to some meaningful conclusions. For LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, one of those conclusions is already obvious. "Then some moron will write that they had more shots than us thinking that’s important, he said. "Actually, analytics in soccer, if no one here has figured it . . .
Plenty of goals in two MLS games over the weekend. Toronto FC beat DC United 4-1 at BMO Field. Seb Giovinco opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Jared Jeffrey equalizing three minutes later. Marco Delgado put Toronto up for good in the 29th minute. Giovinco made it 3-1 in the 39th and finished off his hat-trick in stoppage time. "He’s back and we knew that he never left," Toronto goalkeeper . . .
The International Champions Cup goes to work in the United States, China, and Australia on the weekend soccer TV schedule. There are games that count from MLS, the NASL, and Liga MX. One of those really counts for MLS. The latest edition of the New York derby is on network TV on Sunday. Portland Timbers vs LA Galaxy at 3:30pm on ESPN on Saturday. The Seattle Sounders are the third party in this . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 22, 2016) US Soccer Players - "I respect the way David Villa plays. But he gets a piece of every defender before the ball comes. He fouls throughout the entire game. He hardly ever gets called for it and if him, Pirlo or Lampard get touched they go down, they draw fouls, they draw yellow cards and it’s an epidemic across the league of these referees who just . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Jul 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - The US Open Cup is an odd one. It's history doesn't carry enough prestige to make it a coveted tournament. Some MLS teams don't seem bothered at all, even in the later rounds. Adding the trophy is nice. Every coach and player would say that. But it's not crucial. That's the case with the LA Galaxy under coach Bruce Arena. In seven . . .