By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - On Sunday, first-year USL franchise FC Cincinnati will host its first playoff game at Nippert Stadium on the campus of the University of Cincinnati. According to president and general manager Jeff Berding, the team has sold 20,000 tickets as of Thursday morning. As many as 30,000 could be on hand to witness coach Jeff Harkes and . . .
We know what you're thinking. What your Friday could use is more news about soccer corruption allegations concerning English coaches. It's the old news cycle at work. Day one, relay the initial reports. Day two, the responses to those reports. Day three, the response to the responses. Day four, the recap of what we've learned. And people wonder why journalism is in trouble. Goal.com's Stephen . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 29, 2016) US Soccer Players - It's as delightful as it is surprising to watch Christian Pulisic keep meeting and fulfilling one new challenge after another on his Borussia Dortmund adventure. His latest exploit: Notching an assist as an impact substitute in BVB's pulsating 2-2 Champions League draw with mighty Real Madrid. Also not surprising: The brighter . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with the latest bit of bad news for the Chicago Fire. Last night's 1-0 loss to the Seattle Sounders means that there's no chance the Fire make the playoffs. 30 games, 27 points, a -13 goal differential, and an October schedule that no longer even mathematically matters. Well, at least for them. The Fire could certainly use their remaining four games to disrupt some . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - When Landon Donovan retired following the 2014 season, he left with the LA Galaxy on top of MLS. Most everything had been going right for the club for years. Finishing his career as MLS champion was an appropriate sendoff. Things aren’t quite the same anymore and the now un-retired Donovan is learning those lessons the hard . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - Gerardo “Tata” Martino’s biggest claim to fame is his stint as the coach of one of the world’s greatest soccer clubs, FC Barcelona. He recently ended a stint as head coach of his native Argentina, who he took to back-to-back Copa America finals. Prior to his move to Spain, he earned a reputation as a smart, tactically-adept boss . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Seattle announcing that forward Clint Dempsey will miss the rest of the 2016 season with issues over an irregular heartbeat. Dempsey returned to training after the initial diagnosis, but will need more time to recover. The announcement means Dempsey will be unavailable for the USMNT as it begins Hexagonal round World Cup qualifying. The Football Association . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - Call it a Transatlantic coincidence, at least for now. We're hearing that National Football League television ratings are dropping in the United States. We're also hearing that soccer fans in Europe are saying thanks but no thanks to another slog through the Champions League group stage. With the soccer, we're supposed to nod along with the idea . . .
You have to feel sorry for the Football Association. England's new manager is already facing issues a game into his tenure. The Telegraph did that thing English media outlets like to do, setting up a sting to see if England manager Sam Allardyce was open to helping foreign investors work around FA rules. Feel free to guess what happened before clicking and confirming it. So here's the FA, having . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 26, 2016) US Soccer Players – Foreign superstars that have invaded MLS in recent years have run the talent gamut. There are a few players who’ve been outstanding. Robbie Keane has brought success to the LA Galaxy, while also elevating the league's overall play. A plus for all involved. Keane arrived as a veteran player, someone who came to MLS at the tail end . . .