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 . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 8, 2016) US Soccer Players - Congratulations to CONCACAF's six survivors. The Hexagonal has arrived again, signaling the business end of the winding road to the 2018 World Cup. This cycle's sextet has a familiar look to it. The 2018 group is nearly identical to the one that tussled for a place in Brazil four years ago. The sole exception is Trinidad & . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 7, 2016) US Soccer Players - Jurgen Klinsmann certainly didn’t do what so many of us thought he would. The expectations for the final Group C World Cup qualifier leaned toward practical. Name a solid eleven capable of getting the job done against Trinidad & Tobago in Jacksonville. One that would put stopping Trinidad & Tobago’s speedy attack first among . . .
The USMNT had no issues with Trinidad & Tobago on Tuesday, finishing on top of Group C with a 4-0 win. The USMNT got to work early with Christian Pulisic in the starting lineup and doing work up top. Pulisic was unable to convert on a couple of chances, but the moment was firmly with the USMNT. That paid off when Sacha Kljestan opened the scoring in the 44th minute. Jozy Altidore took over in . . .
CONCACAF World Cup qualifying semifinal group C concludes tonight with the USMNT vs Trinidad & Tobago (8pm ET - Fox Sports 1). With all due respect to Guatemala, only the wildest of scenarios have them replacing the USMNT in the Hexagonal. Closer to reality, we already know that Trinidad & Tobago and the USMNT will advance. Tonight decides the order. Winning Group C Win Group C, and play . . .
The USMNT did as expected on Friday afternoon against St Vincent and the Grenadines, winning 5-0 at Arnos Vale Ground in Kingston, St Vincent. The win gives the USMNT ten points in Group C after four games played in the semifinal round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying. They trail group leaders Trinidad & Tobago by a point. The two teams meet on Tuesday in Jacksonville (8pm ET - Fox Sports 1) . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 2, 2016) US Soccer Players - The USMNT hasn’t played a competitive match since losing the 3rd-place game at the Copa Centenario on June 25. Since then, much has changed. While many familiar faces are back in the squad there are several questions. The team takes to a bumpy cricket pitch on the island of St Vincent with a berth in the Hex on the line. First, a . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 1, 2016) US Soccer Players - I have found that most top-level players possess a most elusive, and useful, personality trait. Like the ones in US colors who made the convoluted trip from Jacksonville, Florida to St Vincent & the Grenadines on Wednesday. There's the hard labor of training and preparation. The succession of buses and flights and connecting . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 29, 2016) US Soccer Players – The USMNT returns to action this week for the first time since reaching the semifinals of the Copa Centenario. The September window means a pair of World Cup Qualifiers versus two island nations. They're on the road versus St Vincent & the Grenadines on September 2 (3:30pm ET - beIN Sport). Then it's home against Trinidad & . . .
UPDATE: On Monday, US Soccer announced that John Brooks has withdrawn from camp with back issues and Sacha Kljestan has been called in. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann named 26 players to his squad for the September World Cup qualifiers. The USMNT plays St Vincent and the Grandines on September 2 (3:30pm ET - beIN Sport) and Trinidad & Tobago on September 5 (8pm ET - Fox Sports 1). Missing from . . .