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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jan 9, 2016) US Soccer Players - First off, there is something strange about a battle over league designations in minor league American soccer. What difference it makes to teams and clubs whether or not they're officially division one, two, or three isn't likely to keep a lot of people up at night. US Soccer did the smart thing by letting the North American Soccer League and the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Jan 6, 2016) US Soccer Players - Bruce Arena will launch his second go-round in charge of the USMNT with a large, all-MLS squad for the annual January camp. Thursday's announcement of the oversized roster that will gather in Southern California starting next week served up plenty of conversation fodder. Here are a few topics to ponder as the domestic Yanks old . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 6, 2016) US Soccer Players - Call it a homecoming, or getting the band back together. Or, go with the club's version. A reuniting of "Superman" and "Batman." Whatever the label, Minnesota United signing Miguel Ibarra and Christian Ramirez is a pretty big deal. The club announcing their signings together is no coincidence. Both are Minnesota United alums from . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Jan 4, 2016) US Soccer Players - It seems like just yesterday Tigres beat Club America in the Clausura 2016 final. Tigres’ dramatic equalizer at the death. America’s hatchet job during the penalty-kick shootout. Tigres’ Nahuel Guzman’s not-so-subtle role with that. It might not have been yesterday, but it was Christmas. That series was pushed back due to Club . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2016) US Soccer Players - 2017 arrives with a fresh twelve months of soccer events in front of us. This means there’s lots to look forward to seeing. The MLS SuperDraft (are we still calling it that?) comes first. Once camps open and teams actually hit the field, gamesfollow and competition returns. Whatever the resolution to the lower division chaos that . . .