By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2016) US Soccer Players - You could call it the yin and yang of American soccer tactics. Or theory vs praxis. Or perhaps you find "Jekyl and Hyde" a more apt tag. 4-4-2 vs 4-3-3. In broad terms, it's a recurring fault line in our game. The hard-wired default handed down to us by our British colonizers vs the more intellectually appealing triangles of . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 12, 2016) US Soccer Players - The Hex might be just a month away, but it’s tough to tell from the level of intensity around the USMNT. The October friendlies started with a low key 2-0 win over Cuba. That was a game of questionable value in Havana on Friday night. On Tuesday, Jurgen Klinsmann’s side ambled around the field at RFK Stadium for 90 minutes. They . . .
The USMNT finished off the October international window with a 1-1 draw with New Zealand at RFK Stadium. Julian Green put the USMNT up in the 27th minute with Monty Patterson equalizing in the 72nd. William Yarbrough started for the USMNT in goal, subbing out at halftime for David Bingham. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann made a total of five substitutions, bringing on Lynden Gooch in the . . .
It's the second October friendly for the USMNT, this time at home against New Zealand in Washington DC (8pm ET - ESPN). RFK Stadium is a familiar location for the USMNT, with a good chance to finish out the international window with back-to-back wins. It's also an opportunity for players to test coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who previewed this window with a focus on opportunities in games that . . .
USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann announced substantial changes to his roster for Tuesday's international friendly against New Zealand. Klinsmann released several of his Europe-based players back to their clubs along with Jordan Morris and Chris Wondolowski. In their place, he called in seven players for the game at RFK Stadium (8pm ET - ESPN). "These friendly games are about getting our group ready . . .
The USMNT traveled to Havana for an international friendly with Cuba and got a game from the hosts. With field conditions less than optimal, Cuba had their chances hitting the frame twice. It was the USMNT that finally got on the board with second-half substitute Chris Wondolowski scoring in the 62nd minute. Julian Green doubled the lead in the 71st. The USMNT travels to Washington DC for the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 6, 2016) US Soccer Players - The USMNT are looking to use a few new faces this week as they experience a rare and unique trip into the past. Friday's friendly at Cuba (4pm ET - ESPN2) promises to be about as interesting as any matchup with a country placed 139th in the FIFA World Rankings could possibly be. In their search for a suitable opponent in the . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 3, 2016) US Soccer Players – Often lost in the trend of American players opting to return to MLS from Europe is that there remains a steady appetite for US-born players across the Atlantic. While that number may be dwindling in places like England, the ranks of Americans have either grown or remained steady in other countries such as Germany. One American . . .
Update: Alejandro Bedoya is out due to injury. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 23 players to his squad for friendlies at Cuba and in Washington DC against New Zealand. The USMNT plays Cuba on October 7 at 4pm ET on ESPN2. The second friendly on the schedule is on Oct 11 at 8pm ET on ESPN. “These two games are very important for us because it’s the last time we can see certain players before . . .
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 . . .