It's a big day for the International Champions Cup on ESPN with several games on the schedule. Not bad for soccer on a Saturday in July. The fun starts with Celtic hosting Barcelona at 1pm and ends at midnight with PSG vs Leicester City. How do they fit on is many games? The magic of time zones. On Sunday, MLS is back on network TV with Sporting Kansas City playing Portland on Fox. Celtic vs . . .
There's no party like an MLS party cause an MLS party.... For some of the All-Stars the party will stop early because they've got flights to catch. That's what happens when the league schedules the All-Star Game for Thursday night with games on Saturday. Hey, at least they left the Friday night slot empty this week. Don't worry. It's only NYCFC and Colorado players needing to get to Yankee Stadium . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - New lyrics for the Champions League anthem. Ready? 'It's the Champions League... It's far too early for the Champions League....' So what was once a super club Ajax doing taking the field against PAOK for a game that counts on Tuesday night in Amsterdam? Ajax is far from the only former European giant slumming it in the qualifying rounds. Their . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - There’s no question Robbie Keane is one of Major League Soccer’s top performers. His goal against Portland on Saturday helped the LA Galaxy to its fourth consecutive victory. Keane now has seven goals in 10 games played season. That production should only continue to boost the Galaxy. This is a club contending for the Supporters’ . . .
Once upon a not-so-long ago time, the National Association of Soccer Reporters would share how they voted. We'd know exactly how close someone came to winning MLS Player of the Week. These days, the votes are a mystery. Well, except whoever scores the most goals will almost always win Player of the Week. Ok, always. Soccer reporters like their soccer goals. They also tend to like their superstars. . . .
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 . . .