USMNT interim coach Dave Sarachan named 22 players to the roster that plays Bolivia on Memorial Day. That game is set for Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA at 6:30pm ET on May 28. FS1 will carry the game. “As I’ve talked about throughout this process, the theme is to offer opportunity to this younger generation of talented players that have potential down the road with the program," Sarachan . . .
The finals of the FA Cup and DFB Pokal are on the weekend soccer TV schedule, with Timmy Chandler's Eintracht playing for a trophy. It's also the finale of the 2017-18 Serie A season with Juventus already champions but the relegation places uncertain. MLS has a game on national TV on Saturday with Portland hosting LAFC. As always with national TV, check your local listings to make sure your . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with what's becoming a recurring theme for the 2018 MLS season. Will the Seattle Sounders or Toronto FC become the first of the MLS Cup finalists to turn things around? 12 weeks into the season, Seattle is in last place in the Western Conference and Toronto is 10th in the East. There are very good reasons for both teams' situations, but there's also the expectation that . . .
The soccer news starts with a problem for how the sport is covered on both sides of the Atlantic. The daily churn of what passes for news can downplay major issues for the sport. Right now, that issue is the countdown not for the decision on who will host the 2026 World Cup or even the start of this summer's World Cup itself. Instead, it's FIFA trying to push through plans to revamp the Club World . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (May 16, 2018) US Soccer Players - The winter between the 2017 and 2018 seasons was flush with high profiles moves for a number of established players in Major League Soccer. New resources for clubs opened up the market and led to many of them dropping significant amounts of allocation money on big-name players. With a host of teams now one-third through their . . .
The soccer news starts with Sam Allardyce no longer the manager of Everton. The Premier League managerial merry-go-round was always going to continue, but for Everton it might be highlighting a bigger problem. After their tough start that led to hiring Allardyce, is the question really about breaking into the Premier League elite? "On behalf of the Chairman, Board of Directors and Mr Moshiri, I’d . . .
We start the soccer news with La Liga's dominance in the Europa League. Since revamping the UEFA Cup and merging in the Cup Winners' Cup for the 2009-10 Europa League, Spanish clubs have won it five out of eight times. The only time over that period that a La Liga team lost a Europa League final was when both finalists came from Spain. Sevilla accounts for three of those titles with their . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 14, 2018) US Soccer Players – England’s Championship may very well be one of the most-competitive second division leagues in the world. That's certainly backed up by attendance figures. England's second-tier normally averages over 20k a game, the kind of support normally associated with topflight leagues. It's also home to USMNT players taking part in a league . . .
Santos Laguna knocking out Club America at Estadio Azteca on Sunday night raised an old question about playoffs. What happens when the big teams representing the big cities can't get to the final? Though leagues like to argue otherwise, it doesn't take much to figure out that the big teams from the big cities draw the biggest ratings. There's a reason an LA vs NYC final in American sports makes . . .
The 2018 MLS season continued over the weekend and so did the bad results for last year's MLS Cup finalists. Toronto FC followed up their home win over Seattle last week with a 3-2 loss at New England. The Revolution's Cristian Penilla scored in the 4th and 7th minutes with Teal Bunbury making it 3-0 in the 46th. An own-goal brought Toronto back into the game in the 55th with Seb Giovinco . . .