By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 24, 2016) US Soccer Players – The moment fans have been waiting for is finally here. It’s MLS Cup Playoff time. With Decision Day behind us, Wednesday marks the official start to the postseason. While the past seven months have brought with it highs and lows for all the teams that made the playoffs, some are in better shape than others. It’s the momentum going . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with MLS moving to the postseason. That finishes the 2016 story for eight of the league's clubs, including the defending champions not getting the chance to defend. First to worse than the six Western Conference teams that made the playoffs is now the story for the Portland Timbers. It just wasn't the Timbers' week. They doubled down on their problems after exiting the . . .
The 2016 MLS regular season ended on Sunday with all 20 teams playing at the same time. The battle for the Supporters’ Shield ended up a bit anticlimactic. FC Dallas held onto their lead over Colorado with both teams drawing their games. On paper, Colorado should’ve had the easier time of it, playing bottom club Houston. Instead, the Dynamo responded like a team with plenty to play for in a 1-1 . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - NYCFC have taken aim at several long-held MLS truisms over the past year or so. With playoff soccer looming, they might just hack away at a few more of our domestic game's insular assumptions along the way. This is a good thing. That new, rich, ambitious club so many love to hate fueled by United Arab Emirates oil wealth seems . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - Twenty teams, 10 simultaneous games, and all the drama any self-respecting American soccer fan could want. At least, that’s the idea. Major League Soccer’s “Decision Day” extravaganza kicks off Sunday at 4pm ET with all the games in the same time slot. MLS wants tow things from the regular season finale. Play up the last push for . . .
There's an injury report in the soccer news. FC Dallas MVP candidate Mauro Diaz has undergone surgery for the ACL tear he suffered on Sunday. Diaz is out for the rest of 2016. “If it wasn't for him, I don't think this club or this team is in the place we are right now. He was part of the playing for the three tournaments that we play and he's a big part of the team, the captain of the team,” . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 19, 2016) US Soccer Players - One week of Major League Soccer regular season play remains. For the handful of teams already out of the playoffs, the drama of the final day isn’t about 2016. Instead, it's the last bit of business before the process of getting better begins. Making the playoffs is the standard for mediocrity in MLS. This is a parity-rich league . . .
Wednesday's soccer news update starts with the CONCACAF Champions League roundup from last night's games. In Group D, Arabe Unido shutout Don Bosco 2-0. Arabe Unido had already advanced. In Group F, Alianza beat Antigua 3-1 on the road. The Red Bulls already won Group F and played their final group game. Tigres shutout Herediano 3-0 at home, winning Group G. Group A is still open with Honduras . . .
Wow, that Liverpool vs Manchester United game was something else... said nobody who bothered to watch. It's that "bothered to watch" stat that's already an issue for the Premier League this season. The numbers aren't exactly flattering and the easy excuses aren't there, according to The Irish Times' Ken Early. Part of what any pro sports league sells is the idea that their games, their product, . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Oct 17, 2016) US Soccer Players –We go through this every autumn. The New York Red Bulls have a great regular season. They field a team loaded with stars and overachieving players. They spin out of control and crash out during the playoffs. That pretty much sums out the Red Bulls over the past decade. Talk of curses aside, the MLS postseason is a beast the Red . . .