By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - Sometime on Wednesday evening, the word was out. New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch was on his way to take over as the manager of Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga. Chris Armas would take the reins of the MLS club while Marsch stepped into the world of European football. While Austrian soccer is not among the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2016) US Soccer Players - There’s plenty of interest in Major League Soccer’s next rounds of expansion. The league wants to get to 28 teams by an indeterminate, but not-too-far-off future. MLS has a list of ten interested cities. Many of them are already rich, vibrant soccer communities with lower division teams. Few if any of them are sizable risks. What . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2016) US Soccer Players - Call it a homecoming, or getting the band back together. Or, go with the club's version. A reuniting of "Superman" and "Batman." Whatever the label, Minnesota United signing Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez is a pretty big deal. The club announcing their signings together is no coincidence. Both are Minnesota United alums from . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2016) US Soccer Players - 2017 arrives with a fresh twelve months of soccer events in front of us. This means there’s lots to look forward to seeing. The MLS SuperDraft (are we still calling it that?) comes first. Once camps open and teams actually hit the field, gamesfollow and competition returns. Whatever the resolution to the lower division chaos that . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 30, 2016) US Soccer Players - The Chinese Super League is doing everything it can to live up to its lofty name. Thanks to a massive infusion of cash that comes in large part because of government support, the Super League is spending. That means attracting some of the biggest names in the game by paying them a premium to jump to Asia. The latest world famous . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - It’s the issue Major League Soccer can’t shake. That won't change any time soon if MLS doesn't switch their tactics. We're talking about how the league tries to sell players. A high-profile player, in the midst of his prime, draws the attention of a foreign club. They offer a bid. It doesn't work out. The result is always the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 21 2016) US Soccer Players - Germany's Bundesliga, regarded by many as the highest quality soccer league on the planet Earth, will wrap up its 2016 schedule with a slate of five matches on Wednesday. Those games include a top-of-the-table clash between one of the biggest clubs in the world, Bayern Munich, and the upstart corporate-backed team pushing them for . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 16 2016) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer’s growth period doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. With cities lining up for topflight soccer, MLS knows it can be picky. Hardly a week goes by without a link between a city and a group wanting a pro soccer club. Sometimes, those announcements are nothing more than intent. With others, it's . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 14, 2016) US Soccer Players - The 2016 Major League Soccer season ended at approximately 11pm ET on Saturday. Sounders defender Roman Torres beat Toronto FC goalkeeper Clint Irwin in the tiebreaker. That won Seattle the title in Toronto. It also marked the beginning of the MLS off season. MLS borrows from other American pro sports to create a madcap period of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 9, 2016) US Soccer Players - The lead up to MLS Cup 2016 includes more written pieces tracking the paths of the respective finalists to the game than most of us can count. There’s a purpose in them, of course. The season stories of Toronto FC and the Seattle Sounders are part of the build-up to the game. They provide the backdrop for the clash at BMO Field on . . .