By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – With the start of every new season comes hope and excitement. Being part of that select group of players who are the next big thing can lead to immediate success for a team. Jordan Morris, last season’s Rookie of the Year, had a string of standout performances. That led to the Seattle Sounders winning their first MLS Cup in . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – Amid a flurry of player signings, the release of new-look jerseys, and preseason games versus minor-league opponents, MLS clubs have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. There are three teams that have had to deal with a bigger sense of urgency looming over their preseason camps. That’s because the New York Red . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was nearly three decades ago that the map of Europe went through a radical redesign. The collapse of the Berlin Wall had sparked political and economic reverberations that lasted for years. It ultimately led to the collapse in 1992 of communism and the Soviet Union. Add to that the civil war that ravaged Yugoslavia that same year . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – While many American players dream of signing with a European club, some are living out their ambition of playing abroad by crossing our southern border. A growing number of Americans have signed with Liga MX clubs in recent years. The number of Americans currently in Mexico's top flight – including former MLS stars Omar Gonzalez . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 23, 2017) US Soccer Players – Europe’s various domestic tournaments mark the mid-season point – give or take a week – this month. It’s a time for teams to reassess their rosters, hit the transfer market, or dump their coach. There's plenty to play for after all. A championship and the European spots on one end, avoiding relegation on the other, and mid-table . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 16, 2017) US Soccer Players – Although many Americans are unaware of it, soccer has a very rich tradition and a deep history in this country that dates back decades. The National Team played its first official game in 1916 and over that 101-year span, the United States has featured scores of players who’ve proudly represented the game at its highest levels. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 9, 2017) US Soccer Players – January means it's time for the National Team to assemble at the StubHub Center for its annual camp. In a year highlighted by the quest to qualify for the World Cup, this month takes on added significance. Also throw in a new coach, an expanding player pool, and the Gold Cup into the mix and the next few weeks become crucial. Bruce . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 2, 2017) US Soccer Players – It’s the start of a new year. That means another 12 months loaded with big games and international tournaments. It’s also the year before a World Cup, so that means the Confederations Cup this summer in Russia. For the USMNT, there will be World Cup Qualifying and the Gold Cup to focus on. Last year was incredible. Underdogs . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 26, 2016) US Soccer Players – The last days of a calendar year are a good time to look back at the 12 months that have gone by. It is also a good time to look ahead to the year to come. Trying to guess what is going to transpire in 2017 is a futile effort. Journalists and pundits love to prognosticate but are rarely correct. We’re better at reporting and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 19, 2016) US Soccer Players – The MLS Cup final ended a week ago, but talk of the 2017 season is already underway. The Expansion Draft last week set in motion the rosters of Atlanta United and Minnesota United FC. The end of 2016 is also the time to look back at the past season and at the state of the league and American soccer as a whole. Major League Soccer . . .