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 . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 12, 2016) US Soccer Players – It was an MLS Cup final between two of the best playoff teams in the league. The championship game between Toronto FC and Seattle Sounders FC did have its moments, but a game for the ages it was not. Typical of championships, we didn't see the best versions of these teams at BMO Field. What we did get after 120 minutes and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 5, 2016) US Soccer Players – With MLS preparing to crown a new champion in less than a week, now is a great time to look back on the season gone by. Several high-profile stars who made a dramatic difference to this league decided to go (Robbie Keane), while another made a brief return (Landon Donovan) after coming out of retirement. A new crop of rookies . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 28, 2016) US Soccer Players – Questions continue to swirl about what the second coming of Bruce Arena as USMNT coach means for the team. What tactics will he use? Which players will he start? What does it mean for the players Jurgen Klinsmann had brought into the mix? Which youth players will see minutes? These are also legitimate questions as the team heads . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 21, 2016) US Soccer Players – The MLS Eastern Conference Finals may be an all-Canadian contest, but it turns out that the home-and-away series featuring Toronto FC and the Montreal Impact will be a big showcase for North American soccer. That's because of the USMNT talent on Toronto's roster and that both of these cities are part of the proof that MLS . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 14, 2016) US Soccer Players – Road games are never an easy task during World Cup Qualifying. The United States, while dominating the Hexagonal in recent World Cup cycles, has often struggled on the road. Its game Tuesday at Costa Rica represents another major roadblock in the USA’s quest to reach the 2018 World Cup. In fact, the last (and only) time the United . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 7, 2016) US Soccer Players – "There’s no place like home" certainly applies to the USMNT in Columbus. Playing at home is an advantage, but that's not always the case in CONCACAF. Pick the wrong city, and that advantage can quickly shift to the visiting team. US Soccer learned that the hard way over the years, playing home games that felt like they were away. . . .