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 . . .
Christian Pulisic subbed on in the 73rd minute for Borussia Dortmund in their 2-2 draw with Real Madrid. Cristiano Ronaldo put Real Madrid up in the 17th minute. Dortmund equalized in the 43rd when Real Madrid goalkeeper Keilor Navas punched the ball back into play. The ball hit a Real Madrid player, ricocheting back towards the goal. Dortmund's Pierre Aubameyang made sure it crossed the line. . . .
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 . . .
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 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 . . .
Week 28 had two big stories, with Toronto FC the first team to officially make the 2016 MLS Cup playoffs and Landon Donovan scoring. Toronto drew 3-3 with the New York Red Bulls at BMO Field. New York took the lead in the 12th minute from an own-goal with Bradley Wright-Phillips scoring in the 31st. Michael bradley pulled a goal back in the 41st with Wright-Phillips scoring again in the 48th. . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 16, 2016) US Soccer Players - It took six and a half months, but the MLS regular season has finally reached the point in its long, slow, amble towards the playoffs when the games really start to matter. As teams around the league approach the 30-game played milestone, matches featuring sides either chasing a playoff berth or looking to improve their seed take . . .
By J Hutcherson (Sep 16, 2016) US Soccer Players - Give Don Garber credit for embracing a talking point. Since MLS decided to draw the expansion line at 28 teams, the MLS commissioner has stayed on message. In Frisco for the US Open Cup final earlier this week, Garber once again repeated the league's new stance that 28 is the perfect number for a North American topflight league. Disagree at your . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Sep 14, 2016) US Soccer Players - Injuries and underperforming stars had been the theme of the 2016 LA Galaxy. A season that began with much promise with the arrivals of three European stars quickly stalled. Despite some signs of life over the summer, the writing was on the wall. This year was not meant to be. The only question remaining was not if but rather how the . . .