By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tournament represents equal parts opportunity and risk for coach and players alike. Strong displays . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - We’re in a hole. Behind the 8-ball. Honduras at home is now a must-win. Four points from the next two, at minimum. Don’t press the panic button yet, but… etc etc. The USMNT’s winless start to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying has stirred much fear and fretting. Most notably, it prompted the federation’s decision to . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - Old things have become new again for the USMNT lately. First there's the return of Bruce Arena. Then there's the recall of several players left out of the pool for years under the previous coach. Despite what you may have heard, even stumbling into real trouble in World Cup qualifying is not a new experience for this program in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - After three weeks of workouts, the USMNT get their first big test of January camp. They welcome Serbia to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday afternoon (4pm ET - ESPN2). The occasion marks the first match of Bruce Arena's second stint in charge of the Yanks. He's likely to soft-pedal his expectations for a group still getting . . .
By Charles Boehm – LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - For many attendees at the 2017 NSCAA Convention, it was one of the most eagerly-anticipated sessions on the sprawling event's packed schedule... and that's saying something. Jurgen Klinsmann visited the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend for an NSCAA spotlight session with his longtime attaché Allen Hopkins. It . . .
By Charles Boehm – CARSON, CA (Jan 12, 2017) US Soccer Players - For several players, opening day of January camp meant a long awaited return. It was the first time they'd worn the US colors in years. Some, like Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman, never lost belief that they would eventually get the call to represent their country. That wait coincided with career seasons in MLS play. “I thought . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 6, 2017) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena will launch his second go-round in charge of the USMNT with a large, all-MLS squad for the annual January camp. Thursday's announcement of the oversized roster that will gather in Southern California starting next week served up plenty of conversation fodder. Here are a few topics to ponder as the domestic Yanks old . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 29, 2016) US Soccer Players - Bob Bradley has departed Swansea City after less than three months in charge. Whatever you may think of the circumstances of his dismissal, the state of American coaching is even worse than you imagine. I know most readers have had their fill and then some of this generally dismal calendar year. Another sobering reality check . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 22, 2016) US Soccer Players - Credit MLS for coming up with the Homegrown Player system. It's helped a league with a checkered history of player development build valuable pipelines for talent. In most cases, it's also fostering bonds with clubs and their local communities. Then again, this is MLS. The Homegrown policy isn't the exception when it comes to the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 16, 2016) US Soccer Players - MLS commissioner Don Garber held a media conference call on Thursday to discuss his league's next wave of expansion. It continued the siren's song for the pack of cities and clubs hungry to get into the league. It also gave fans a familiar set of concerns to chew over. It will shock no one to learn that previous assertions of . . .