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 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 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 . . .
USMNT coach Bruce Arena starts his second run in charge of the team with the annual January camp. Arena called in 32 MLS players for the camp starting on January 10. Two friendlies are on the camp schedule, Jan 29 against Serbia in San Diego and Feb 3 in Chattanooga against Jamaica. “With games at the end of the month and the World Cup Qualifiers in March, this is going to be a critical time for . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 2, 2017) US Soccer Players – It’s the start of a new year. That means another 12 months loaded with big games and international tournaments. It’s also the year before a World Cup, so that means the Confederations Cup this summer in Russia. For the USMNT, there will be World Cup Qualifying and the Gold Cup to focus on. Last year was incredible. Underdogs . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (Dec 28, 2016) US Soccer Players - On any given day, soccer fans can enjoy soccer from anywhere in the world. With a few remote control clicks or a few swipes and icon taps, fans can take in a match from most time zones. While that is all well and good, there is something about enjoying soccer in your own backyard. Fortunately for Southern Californians, there will be . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 26, 2016) US Soccer Players – The last days of a calendar year are a good time to look back at the 12 months that have gone by. It is also a good time to look ahead to the year to come. Trying to guess what is going to transpire in 2017 is a futile effort. Journalists and pundits love to prognosticate but are rarely correct. We’re better at reporting and . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Dec 2, 2016) US Soccer Players - So a new (old) boss has taken charge of the USMNT. Will he follow the fashion of his predecessor and stamp his authority on everything within reach? Or does a more subtle style await? After officially taking the USMNT helm again just before Thanksgiving, Bruce Arena visited New York this week to make the media rounds. The . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 28, 2016) US Soccer Players – Questions continue to swirl about what the second coming of Bruce Arena as USMNT coach means for the team. What tactics will he use? Which players will he start? What does it mean for the players Jurgen Klinsmann had brought into the mix? Which youth players will see minutes? These are also legitimate questions as the team heads . . .