By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - Sometime on Wednesday evening, the word was out. New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch was on his way to take over as the manager of Red Bull Salzburg of the Austrian Bundesliga. Chris Armas would take the reins of the MLS club while Marsch stepped into the world of European football. While Austrian soccer is not among the . . .
Friday's soccer news update starts with the MLS SuperDraft. It's easy to knock the league for the lessening importance of the draft, but it's January. What else is really going on right now if you prefer your soccer domestic? Sure, the Homegrown Rule has lessened the impact of the draft, but it's still a way to add important players to MLS squads. Plus, we can watch to see if the LA Galaxy . . .
By Charles Boehm – CARSON, CA (Jan 12, 2016) US Soccer Players - For several players, opening day of January camp meant a long awaited return. It was the first time they'd worn the US colors in years. Some, like Matt Hedges and Walker Zimmerman, never lost belief that they would eventually get the call to represent their country. That wait coincided with career seasons in MLS play. “I thought . . .
It's more news from the future of world soccer, this time with the Caribbean reportedly wanting out of CONCACAF. With visions of one or two automatic World Cup spots dancing in their heads, the 25 members of the Caribbean Football Union might want to take their chances on their own. That's according to a brief report in a larger article from The Daily Mail's Charles Sale. So let's assume not only . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 11, 2016) US Soccer Players - Until the early 1990s, the United States and Mexico were rivals in name only. Meetings were not regular. Mexico dominated the times they played. That began to change when the USMNT beat Mexico in the inaugural Gold Cup, in 1991. In 1997, the U.S. famously stole a point from Estadio Azteca with a scoreless draw in World Cup . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2016) US Soccer Players - There’s plenty of interest in Major League Soccer’s next rounds of expansion. The league wants to get to 28 teams by an indeterminate, but not-too-far-off future. MLS has a list of ten interested cities. Many of them are already rich, vibrant soccer communities with lower division teams. Few if any of them are sizable risks. What . . .
It shouldn't surprise anyone that we now have at least one report that CONCACAF wants a bigger Gold Cup. CAF may also be reconsidering the size of the Cup of Nations. Even if these reports prove inaccurate, the push for more is hardly a surprise. FIFA leads the way, stressing more with their approval of an expanded World Cup. The day after FIFA voted in favor of their plan for 2026, is it worth . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 10, 2016) US Soccer Players - For some, FIFA expanding the 2026 World Cup by 16 teams is realizing that inclusion should be a goal. For others, it's a money grab in an era where how much a tournament is worth to television and sponsors seems like the only things that matter. Then there are those who look at how FIFA is setting up that World Cup and wonders primarily about . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with the NY Cosmos officially back in business. That club's brief return to defunct status lasted almost a month following their Soccer Bowl win on November 13. Cable executive Rocco Commisso is the club's new owner. "Like so many of our fantastic fans, I have followed the Cosmos since the fabulous days of Pele, Chinaglia, Alberto, and Beckenbauer," Commisso said in a . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 9, 2017) US Soccer Players – January means it's time for the National Team to assemble at the StubHub Center for its annual camp. In a year highlighted by the quest to qualify for the World Cup, this month takes on added significance. Also throw in a new coach, an expanding player pool, and the Gold Cup into the mix and the next few weeks become crucial. Bruce . . .