By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – Amid a flurry of player signings, the release of new-look jerseys, and preseason games versus minor-league opponents, MLS clubs have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. There are three teams that have had to deal with a bigger sense of urgency looming over their preseason camps. That’s because the New York Red . . .
The knockout round begins for the 2016-17 Champions League with the regulars the favorites to advance. Trying to disrupt the super clubs is the regular story in February. The big stories are the ones that match super clubs with sort of super clubs. Can PSG knockout Barcelona? Will Arsenal put it together against Bayern Munich amid whatever rumor you'd like to believe about manager Arsene Wenger's . . .
Terrence Boyd opens the USMNT players in Europe and Mexico results with a goal. Boyd scored his first Bundesliga goal in Darmstadt's 2-1 win over Christian Pulisic's Borussia Dortmund. Boyd opened the scoring at home in the 21st minute. Raphael Guerreiro equalized in the 44th minute. Antonio Colak scored Darmstadt's winner in the 67th minute. Boyd subbed out in the 58th. In the Scottish Cup, . . .
The Premier League on NBC takes us to Anfield on Saturday with 5th-place Liverpool hosting 2nd-place Spurs. There are plenty of other options from the Premier League over the weekend along with the Edinburgh derby on Sunday on GolTV. Liverpool vs Spurs on Saturday at 12:30pm on NBC. Spurs is hanging on in 2nd-place in the Premier League a point ahead of 3rd-place Manchester City and two points . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin is already staking his confederation’s claim to a large portion of as-of-yet-unallocated spots in the expanded World Cup coming in 2026. Ceferin told reporters after a UEFA executive committee meeting on Thursday in Switzerland that UEFA should have 16 of the 48 spots. Additionally, Ceferin . . .
If it's a FIFA competition, it can probably use a mascot. World soccer's governing body introduced Kheleo the clouded leopard with a fondness for soccer this morning, the mascot for the U-17 World Cup. The U-17 World Cup starts on October 6. The USMNT will attempt to qualify through the CONCACAF U-17 Championship that starts on April 21 in Panama. They play in Group C with Mexico, El Salvador, . . .
USMNT U-20 coach Tab Ramos will use a 20 player squad to compete at the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship. The tournament begins in Costa Rica on February 17. The USMNT begins Group B play the next day against Panama (4pm ET- Univision Deportes). Their group schedule continues on the 21 against Haiti (5:30pm ET - Univision Deportes) and concludes against St Kitts and Nevis on the 24 (5:30pm ET - . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - We’re in a hole. Behind the 8-ball. Honduras at home is now a must-win. Four points from the next two, at minimum. Don’t press the panic button yet, but… etc etc. The USMNT’s winless start to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying has stirred much fear and fretting. Most notably, it prompted the federation’s decision to . . .
Nothing gets the soccer news quite as excited as bureaucratic maneuvering. UEFA's reform agenda has gotten committee approval, meaning it moves to a full vote. On the reform agenda are term limits and the qualifications necessary for election to the UEFA executive committee. Europe wants 16 World Cup slots when World Cup expands to 48 teams in 2026, with 1 European team in each of the 16 . . .
By Luis Bueno – CARSON, CA (Feb 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - In a game that meant nothing, the Galaxy moved everything forward. The Galaxy played the first match in the post-Bruce Arena era on Tuesday, hosting Liga MX side Tijuana in a friendly at StubHub Center. While the result itself was forgettable, a 1-1 draw, the Galaxy showed that there will indeed be life after Arena. The Galaxy will have . . .