By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 20, 2016) US Soccer Players - "I respect the way David Villa plays. But he gets a piece of every defender before the ball comes. He fouls throughout the entire game. He hardly ever gets called for it and if him, Pirlo or Lampard get touched they go down, they draw fouls, they draw yellow cards and it’s an epidemic across the league of these referees who just . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - First off, heck of a run Seattle. Thanks for the memories. We all take it for granted by this point, perhaps at our peril. The Seattle Sounders gave North American soccer a sustained adrenaline rush since arriving in MLS in 2009. After the better part of a decade, it's odd that it ended at a track venue in Carson. Seattle . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Jul 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - The US Open Cup is an odd one. It's history doesn't carry enough prestige to make it a coveted tournament. Some MLS teams don't seem bothered at all, even in the later rounds. Adding the trophy is nice. Every coach and player would say that. But it's not crucial. That's the case with the LA Galaxy under coach Bruce Arena. In seven . . .
The USMNT keeps its coach. According to reports, England opted for Premier League manager Sam Allardyce. The decision is hardly a surprise, with Allardyce the strongest link to the job almost from the beginning. With Klinsmann an outside choice, including him in the discussion was an interesting move for the FA. Their history with foreign coaches has given them more than enough reason to keep the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 20, 2016) US Soccer Players - The latest from the front lines of the Soccer Wars comes from USL president Jake Edwards. He was in the building for FC Cincinnati’s remarkable 36,000+ strong crowd. A crowd there to see a friendly against a mid-tier Premier League club. "We're hoping to hear in the next few weeks," Edwards told WVXU. "They're wrapping up their . . .
Judging by attendance, Orlando City is a success. The sophomore MLS club has the numbers, if not the record that they'd like to go with it. Easy enough in Major League Soccer. Out goes the old coach and in comes the biggest coaching free agent. Jason Kreis, the former USMNT player with Real Salt Lake and NYCFC on his resume. Both of those previous jobs ended with issues. Kreis left RSL when his . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 17, 2016) US Soccer Players – As the Major League Soccer season reached its halfway point, many teams are overachieving. In the Eastern Conference, NYCFC is in first. In the West, the Colorado Rapids have come out of nowhere and are now in second to FC Dallas. But the team that has impressed me most is the Philadelphia Union. It is a team built on youth and one . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 15, 2016) US Soccer Players - Life moves fast in international soccer. Two weeks ago, Roy Hodgson was England manager. One ignominious resignation later, and the speculation links USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann with that job. What at first seemed like a concoction of the English tabloid press has grown into a legitimate story. Jurgen Klinsmann might bolt the . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jul 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - While Copa America and Euro 2016 quietly fade into history, some of the more prominent international leagues now face some time before kicking off their new campaigns. Not Liga MX. The Mexican league will begin its Apertura 2016 season this weekend beginning with Morelia’s visit to Tijuana. As the season kicks off, there are a few . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - MLS schedules so that the games get heaviest just as the weather outside gets hottest. The MLS schedule makers seem to have a streak of the sadist in them. The turnaround shortens during the months when it’s most difficult to play. The schedule being what it is, it's time to separate the real contenders from the also-rans. Midweek . . .