By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - The Seattle Sounders are the exception that proves the rule. The rule that MLS coaches get plenty of time before their club even considers firing them. That's true even in an underwhelming season. Most MLS teams aren't interested in paying off a fired coach while paying the new guy. That's not how MLS economics work. Once again, . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jul 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - Stop me if you've heard this one before. Someone looks at MLS and notices that the quality of play still isn't all that high. Especially in comparison with the bright lights of Europe, MLS suffers. Even against Liga MX, the comparison won't flatter Major League Soccer. Does it even make a difference who says it? This time, it's former MLS . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 25, 2016) US Soccer Players – We know that the MLS All-Star Game isn’t set in stone. Things change. The game changes with them. For MLS, that meant letting go of the standard East vs West in favor of…. Well, in favor of experimenting. We’re deep into the era of the foreign club playing the All-Stars. There have been more of those games than any of the . . .
Well, he does have a point. It would be nice to think that the complex analytics currently under discussion in soccer will lead to some meaningful conclusions. For LA Galaxy coach Bruce Arena, one of those conclusions is already obvious. "Then some moron will write that they had more shots than us thinking that’s important, he said. "Actually, analytics in soccer, if no one here has figured it . . .
Plenty of goals in two MLS games over the weekend. Toronto FC beat DC United 4-1 at BMO Field. Seb Giovinco opened the scoring in the 21st minute with Jared Jeffrey equalizing three minutes later. Marco Delgado put Toronto up for good in the 29th minute. Giovinco made it 3-1 in the 39th and finished off his hat-trick in stoppage time. "He’s back and we knew that he never left," Toronto goalkeeper . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 22, 2016) US Soccer Players - "I respect the way David Villa plays. But he gets a piece of every defender before the ball comes. He fouls throughout the entire game. He hardly ever gets called for it and if him, Pirlo or Lampard get touched they go down, they draw fouls, they draw yellow cards and it’s an epidemic across the league of these referees who just . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - First off, heck of a run Seattle. Thanks for the memories. We all take it for granted by this point, perhaps at our peril. The Seattle Sounders gave North American soccer a sustained adrenaline rush since arriving in MLS in 2009. After the better part of a decade, it's odd that it ended at a track venue in Carson. Seattle . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Jul 21, 2016) US Soccer Players - The US Open Cup is an odd one. It's history doesn't carry enough prestige to make it a coveted tournament. Some MLS teams don't seem bothered at all, even in the later rounds. Adding the trophy is nice. Every coach and player would say that. But it's not crucial. That's the case with the LA Galaxy under coach Bruce Arena. In seven . . .
The 2016 US Open Cup semifinals are set. The New England Revolution needed penalties to see off the Philadelphia Union 1-1, 4-2 in the shootout. Je-Vaughn Watson scored for the Revolution in the 44th minute with Fabian Herbers equalizing in the 90th. Philadelphia's Sebastien Le Toux had his penalty attempt saved in the first round and both teams failed to convert in the third round. FC Dallas . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 20, 2016) US Soccer Players - The latest from the front lines of the Soccer Wars comes from USL president Jake Edwards. He was in the building for FC Cincinnati’s remarkable 36,000+ strong crowd. A crowd there to see a friendly against a mid-tier Premier League club. "We're hoping to hear in the next few weeks," Edwards told WVXU. "They're wrapping up their . . .