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 . . .
Monday's soccer news update starts with another edition of what counts for success in MLS. The New England Revolution lost 2-1 to the Chicago Fire on Sunday, meaning for all practical purposes they join the Fire in missing the 2016 postseason. The Fire were already out, adding to the Revs' dismay. Hey, maybe New England can somehow manage to makeup that 12-goal differential and squeeze into the . . .
MLS switched to a Sunday conference schedule for week 33. The Eastern Conference teams played each other in the early time slot with the West doing the same in the late slot. Chicago beat New England 2-1 at Toyota Stadium. Michael de Leeuw scored for the Fire in the 9th minute with Diego Fagundez equalizing in the 43rd. Luis Solignac saw red in the 54th with New England going a man down in the . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 14, 2016) US Soccer Players - You know things are serious when Major League Soccer is turning to simultaneous kickoffs. Sunday has five Eastern Conference games in the early slot followed by - you guessed it - five from the West. It's a full on battle for clubs trying to not only make the playoffs, but avoid the play-in round. We don’t even need to wait for the . . .