By J Hutcherson (Feb 21, 2017) US Soccer Players - If you live in certain parts of the country, you're already familiar with the town center phenomenon. Instead of strip malls, most of the same stores group together on opposite sides of a purpose-built street. Behind them are apartment and condo buildings, maybe a newer version of an office park. It's the mixed-used community that developers . . .
The soccer news starts with MLS in the CONCACAF Champions League. What became an easy discussion topic over the MLS off season now gets 90 minutes on the field. How well will MLS teams still in their preseason do? Is one guaranteed place in the semifinals already a win for MLS? Is anything CONCACAF comes up with just another exercise in handing a trophy to a Liga MX club? Saprissa and Pachuca . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – With the start of every new season comes hope and excitement. Being part of that select group of players who are the next big thing can lead to immediate success for a team. Jordan Morris, last season’s Rookie of the Year, had a string of standout performances. That led to the Seattle Sounders winning their first MLS Cup in . . .
The road to the U-20 World Cup is now more complicated for the USMNT. After losing 1-0 to Panama, the pressure is on the USMNT to recover in Group A on Tuesday against Haiti (5:30pm ET - Univision Deportes). Haiti opened group play with a 5-1 win over St Kitts and Nevis. For the USMNT, the loss against Panama led to swift criticism. Both teams finished with two shots each on goal. The USMNT led . . .
Middlesbrough goalkeeper Brad Guzan got the start in the 3-2 win over Oxford United in the Fifth Round of the FA Cup. Middlesbrough moves on to play the winner of Huddersfield vs Manchester City. That game ended scoreless at John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. Grant Leadbitter put Middlesbrough up from the penalty spot in the 26th minute with Rudy Gestede doubling the lead in the 34th. Oxford . . .
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 Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tournament represents equal parts opportunity and risk for coach and players alike. Strong displays . . .
We start the Friday soccer news with DC United getting to announce a groundbreaking for their new stadium. For those of you that assumed this already happened, the proposed stadium in the scenically named Buzzard Point has needed additional approval. That came from the District of Columbia earlier this week. The Washington Post's Steven Goff runs through the history of the Buzzard Pont stadium . . .
It's another story of a club crashing out in the first-leg of the Champions League knockout round. This time, it's Arsenal. Following their 5-1 loss at Bayern Munich, it was easy to draw a line between then and now for manager Arsene Wenger. The problem is that it's not the only line, just the latest. Predicting the end for Wenger's run in charge of Arsenal is nothing new. Following the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the question facing the LA Galaxy’s preseason MLS Cup chances centered on their opponents. It was the common question. Is there anyone as strong as the Galaxy who will contend for MLS Cup? With four MLS Cup appearances in a six-year span, it was also a legitimate one. In the post-Bruce Arena era, though, that . . .