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 . . .
It's easy enough to look at a Premier League team not firing their manager as the ultimate outlier in pro soccer. Every team but one has done it recently enough. Then there's Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger clocking in at 20 years. That requires the manager wanting to stay and the club letting him, a combination that might not happen at all anymore. People have challenged Wenger's longevity over . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 22, 2016) US Soccer Players - MLSsoccer.com rolled out its annual 24 Under 24 ranking of the league's top young players this week. It's an imperfect metric for the state of MLS's youth development efforts, much less the nation's. That said, the list is a useful conversation starter, for sure. It inspires related content from other outlets. It lures the . . .
FIFA announced what they apologetically called "the route to global glory". The rest of us would probably be ok with the 2016 Club World Cup schedule. For CONCACAF's champions Club America, this means they'll play the winner of the AFC Champions League in the quarterfinal. Win that one, and it's Real Madrid vs Club America. "There are less than three months to go and we are eagerly waiting for . . .