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UPDATE: On Monday, US Soccer announced that John Brooks has withdrawn from camp with back issues and Sacha Kljestan has been called in.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 . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 26, 2016) US Soccer Players - Florida and the Caribbean rank among America's very favorite places to visit. For those living in and around most of the United States' main population centers, a relatively short airplane ride can transport you to a completely different environment. Places where life moves slower. The sun is usually shining. Temperatures hardly . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 22, 2016) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City midfielder Graham Zusi is what you would call a frequent flier. The 30-year-old Zusi, like many players these days, spends a lot of time on airplanes. In the last three weeks alone, Zusi and his teammates have logged over 9,100 air miles. They’ve traveled to Portland to take on the Timbers, to Texas to play FC . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 8, 2016) US Soccer Players – It’s time for the seasons to start in Europe. In the coming weeks, all of the major leagues return to action. In the mix in England and Germany are several high-profile American players. Coming off of the Copa Centenario run earlier this summer, some of those players are looking for time. Some are in new situations. All are looking . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 4, 2016) US Soccer Players - The US Women's National Team opened their Olympic tournament run on Wednesday night. They stepped into the national and global spotlight . It's the Olympics after all. For the second straight Summer Games, the US Men are not taking part. As with so many unpleasant topics, the human instinct for people who care about the program . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jul 29, 2016) US Soccer Players - Brad Guzan completed his transfer to Middlesbrough FC on Friday. The move brings his eight-year run at Aston Villa to a close, opening a new chapter in Guzan's career at age 31. It's a move fraught with both promise and risk. A fork in the road for a man ready to stake his claim for full membership in the pantheon of all-time . . .
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 . . .