By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 15, 2016) US Soccer Players - Life moves fast in international soccer. Two weeks ago, Roy Hodgson was England manager. One ignominious resignation later, and the speculation links USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann with that job. What at first seemed like a concoction of the English tabloid press has grown into a legitimate story. Jurgen Klinsmann might bolt the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (July 4, 2016) US Soccer Players – Former US defender Janusz Michallik moved to the United States at age 16. His father Krystian had played for the NASL’s Hartford Bicentennials in 1975 and Janusz was hoping to someday follow in his dad’s footsteps. Michallik, who had already played for Poland’s National Team on the youth level, became a US citizen on March 8, 1991. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 1, 2016) US Soccer Players - Here we are again. The USMNT just finished a major international tournament marked by a series of spirited, committed performances that still weren't quite enough to reach the summit. For the next few weeks, the rest of us will grope for clarity about what it all means. Wins over Paraguay and Ecuador reminded us of what's . . .
By J Hutcherson (Jun 27, 2016) US Soccer Players - The next time we see the USMNT it will be in a game with no excuses. An away World Cup qualifier against a CONCACAF minnow is three more points. It draws a line between anything that did or didn't happen at the Copa Centenario with the resumption of the schedule that leads to Russia 2018. It's been a long time since the USMNT has had a summer to . . .
The USMNT finished 4th in the Copa Centenario, losing the 3rd-place game to Colombia 1-0. Carlos Bacca slid into the ball and deflected it into the net in the 31st minute for the game's only goal. Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina recorded the shutout. The USMNT exits the tournament wondering what it takes to score against Colombia, with several strong chances to get a goal. Colombia also had . . .
“The most important thing is the ball. When you have it, you can do so many things. When you don’t have it, you can only do one... You have to go chase it.” – Hugo Perez, USMNT 1984-1994, U-15 National Team coach 2012-2014 By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 24, 2016) US Soccer Players - The USMNT got a beating by Argentina in Houston on Tuesday night, as anyone who took part in it readily . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 24, 2016) US Soccer Players - How do you ask a team that was just humbled on their own turf by the best player in the world to play in a consolation game that has questionable value to everyone involved? How do you guarantee that the participants will take it seriously, and not just go through the motions? How, once the game is finished and third-place awarded, . . .
The USMNT fell behind early and was unable to recover in a 4-0 loss to Argentina in the Copa Centenario semifinals. Ezequiel Lavezzi headed in Argentina's opening goal in the 3rd minute. Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time top scorer by converting a free kick in the 32nd. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a change at halftime, bringing on Christian Pulisic, but the USMNT was down 3-0 when . . .
It's the day we've all been waiting for, if by "waiting for" you mean apprehensively dreading. Well, unless you've fully bought into Jurgen Klinsmann's prefered "warrior" mode. Even then, there's at least the nagging gloom that goes along with trying to forget what happened to that other giant of CONCACAF against a quality CONMEBOL team. Nothing has changed since Saturday night. Argentina still . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HOUSTON, TX (Jun 20, 2016) US Soccer Players – The USMNT will be without several key players on Tuesday night when it takes on Argentina in the semifinals of the Copa America Centenario. As US coach Jurgen Klinsmann tries to figure out how best to replace Jermaine Jones (red card) and Alejandro Bedoya and Bobby Wood (both yellow card accumulation) he will have to rely on a . . .