By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Thursday, February 16, the New York Red Bulls finally made official what everyone in Major League Soccer had known for weeks. Via a terse 300-word statement, the team Ali Curtis helped to two first-place finishes and a Supporters' Shield in two seasons on the job announced that they had “mutually parted ways” with their . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Winter has been, oddly enough, a fruitful season for Major League Soccer. Teams around the league are adding talented players, quite often earlier in their career who might not have been attainable in years past. There are many reasons for the rising talent level of MLS, not the least of which are its rising profile and willingness . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is already staking his confederation’s claim to a large portion of as-of-yet-unallocated spots in the expanded World Cup coming in 2026. Ceferin told reporters after a UEFA executive committee meeting on Thursday in Switzerland that UEFA should have 16 of the 48 spots. Additionally, Ceferin . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer’s plan to introduce instant replay continues unabated. The system, called video assistant referee (VAR) by FIFA, is under review by the International Football Associations Board. The IFAB is the body that changes the rules of the game. With testing underway during preseason, the league is pushing towards a full . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 3, 2017) US Soccer Players - On the surface, Jurgen Klinsmann and Bob Bradley might not seem as though they have much in common. One is a world renowned former player who parlayed that success into a high profile coaching career. The other is uniquely American. A coach who never played the game at a high level but worked his way from the college game to the top . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tuesday was a big day for Major League Soccer. The league’s deadline for interested parties to submit bids for spots 25 through 28 in the growing competition brought in a dozen proposals from across the country. MLS turned the process into a ceremonial event, taking in the ornately packaged bids and sharing details with fans on its . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - The MLS imposed deadline for submission of expansion bids is a mere four days away. The groups involved are already feeling the time crunch. It wasn’t that long ago that the deadline looked like it might play squarely to the league’s advantage. With strong interest from 10 groups, it seemed like MLS was playing the expansionmarket . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 25, 2016) US Soccer Players - Sometime between the successful launch of Indy Eleven, a team in the 2.0 version of the North American Soccer League and the drop of his most recent manifesto at the Howler Magazine website on Tuesday morning, Peter Wilt’s transition into the patron saint of lower division soccer in America became complete. And for good . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 20, 2016) US Soccer Players - Excuse the simpleness, but here’s a question: What is Major League Soccer? Before you spit out what you might think is an obvious answer, stop and think about it for a moment. Yes, MLS is a soccer league, a mechanism for competition that crowns a champion at the end of every season. It’s also an entertainment company, in business . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 18, 2016) US Soccer Players - The Copa America Centenario was a massive success. It was also a bit of a surprise that it even happened. An explosion of bribery and corruption indictments that rocked FIFA came close to derailing the tournament. From the start, a centennial celebration of South America’s championship held on American soil was a bit of a stretch. . . .