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 . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - It didn't take long for the home fans and pretty much everybody else to decide Premier League soccer doesn't belong at London Stadium. That's the stadium formerly known as Olympic Stadium. West Ham beat out Spurs to take over that stadium amid plenty of controversy. Their prize is quickly becoming questionable. Not helping at all was last weeks' . . .
FIFA isn't letting anybody but people from the host country vote on the mascot for the 2018 World Cup. Consider yourself denied the opportunity to vote for astronaut tiger over thumbs up wolf. If only that was it for FIFA's big announcements. If only. In far more important news, the AP's Rob Harris relays FIFA's decision to disband its anti-racism task force because... and honestly do we really . . .
Last week, Toronto FC didn't actually qualify for the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs, even though the league said they did. This week, Toronto really did make the postseason. So did the Red Bulls and their dear friends NYCFC. CHECK ON THE GALAXY NYCFC booked their spot in the playoffs with a 4-1 win over the Chicago Fire. Jefferson Mena gave NYCFC the lead in the 8th minute. David Villa made it 2-0 New . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 23, 2016) US Soccer Players - Depending on just how doom-and-gloom one wants to be about the North American Soccer League, the news swirling around the NASL and its clubs is either “troubling” or “nuclear meltdown disastrous.” Not only is the NASL facing the departure of one of its anchor teams as Minnesota United plays out the string before moving to MLS next . . .