By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 2, 2016) US Soccer Players - Before Wednesday night, before Benoit Cheyrou of all people struck for the Eastern Conference championship winning header in extra time at BMO Field against the rival Montreal Impact, the most important goal ever scored in the history of Toronto FC was the first goal ever scored in the history of Toronto FC. Yeah, TFC made the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 2, 2016) US Soccer Players - So a new (old) boss has taken charge of the USMNT. Will he follow the fashion of his predecessor and stamp his authority on everything within reach? Or does a more subtle style await? After officially taking the USMNT helm again just before Thanksgiving, Bruce Arena visited New York this week to make the media rounds. The . . .
The only surprise in the MLS Coach of the Year award going to FC Dallas's Oscar Pareja is that he didn't win across all three voting blocks. Pareja carried the player and media votes, losing the club vote to runner-up Pablo Mastroeni of the Colorado Rapids. Pareja edged Mastroeni 34.44% to 32.97%, fair enough considering what Mastroeni accomplished turning around the Rapids. Where Mastroeni's . . .
MLS showed the major issue with concussion protocols during last night's rainy encounter in Toronto. Jozy Altidore came into contact with the Montreal Impact's Hernan Bernardello in the 13th minute, leaving Bernardello seemingly unconscious on the field. Bernardello briefly received treatment and was back on moments later. The outcry was immediate for anybody following the game on social media. . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Nov 30, 2016) US Soccer Players - When hiring someone to build a club, there are two directions to go in. One method is to bring in an experienced soccer brain, a visionary who studies the game and wants to build the brand. The other is to build from within, with someone who understands and bleeds club colors and will try and carry the team’s tradition forward at all . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 30, 2016) US Soccer Players - Minnesota United Football Club isn’t starting from scratch. This is not a team created out of nothing, an organization recently wished into existence. This is not a new entity that needs to build from the ground up. A foundation is already in place. Despite the legal distinctions, a continuity exists between Minnesota United the . . .
The soccer news starts with CONCACAF announcing the format and the draw for the 2017 U-20 Championship that starts on February 17 in Costa Rica. The USMNT is in Group B with Panama, St Kitts and Nevis, and Haiti. CONCACAF is once again switching up the format to decide the four teams that advance to the U-20 World Cup. In 2015, they went from four groups of three teams to two groups of six teams. . . .
#ForçaChapecoense It's always fun watching MLS clubs decide for themselves which one of them is massive. Making the case for the Portland Timbers is their investor/operator Merritt Paulson. None too pleased that his club's coach may or many not be on the LA Galaxy's list, Paulson let us know his club is the better job. He told The Oregonian's Jamie Goldberg, "I am surprised by the question as . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 28, 2016) US Soccer Players – Questions continue to swirl about what the second coming of Bruce Arena as USMNT coach means for the team. What tactics will he use? Which players will he start? What does it mean for the players Jurgen Klinsmann had brought into the mix? Which youth players will see minutes? These are also legitimate questions as the team heads . . .
What happened to the Colorado Rapids in the 2nd-leg of their Western Conference final series against Seattle isn't exactly new to MLS. It's not even new to the 2016 playoffs or even for teams playing Seattle. The Rapids took the field with a plan in mind. When that didn't turn into the goals they needed, they looked out of ideas. The Rapids looked like a team in need of something. A single player . . .