By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - On Thursday, February 16, the New York Red Bulls finally made official what everyone in Major League Soccer had known for weeks. Via a terse 300-word statement, the team Ali Curtis helped to two first-place finishes and a Supporters' Shield in two seasons on the job announced that they had “mutually parted ways” with their . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tournament represents equal parts opportunity and risk for coach and players alike. Strong displays . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Not too long ago, the question facing the LA Galaxy’s preseason MLS Cup chances centered on their opponents. It was the common question. Is there anyone as strong as the Galaxy who will contend for MLS Cup? With four MLS Cup appearances in a six-year span, it was also a legitimate one. In the post-Bruce Arena era, though, that . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - Winter has been, oddly enough, a fruitful season for Major League Soccer. Teams around the league are adding talented players, quite often earlier in their career who might not have been attainable in years past. There are many reasons for the rising talent level of MLS, not the least of which are its rising profile and willingness . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Major League Soccer’s plan to introduce instant replay continues unabated. The system, called video assistant referee (VAR) by FIFA, is under review by the International Football Associations Board. The IFAB is the body that changes the rules of the game. With testing underway during preseason, the league is pushing towards a full . . .
By J Hutcherson (Feb 7, 2017) US Soccer Players - In the era of the three-hour news cycle, it's easy for things to get their dose of instant-punditry and quickly fade into the background. That seems to already be the case with FIFA technical director Marco van Basten's outline for how to change soccer for the better. For those with the shredded recall of the daily internet user, van Basten . . .