Thursday's soccer news begins with an old issue for the US Open Cup and any tournament not considered up to league level. Coaches hedge. They can't resist the urge to rest players. They start different lineups. They try tactics and strategies that wouldn't be in play for games that really count. The ones worth three points in the league standings. It's been part of the Open Cup story throughout . . .
There were two games on the MLS schedule along with the 2017 US Open Cup final. In the Open Cup, Sporting Kansas City beat the New York Red Bulls 2-1 at home to take the trophy. Latif Blessing put Sporting up in the 25th minute with Daniel Salloi doubling the lead in the 66th. New York's Bradley Wright-Phillips pulled a goal back a minute into stoppage time. "Every final is different," Sporting . . .
The USMNT players in Europe roundup starts with a goal for Christian Pulisic in Borussia Dortmund's 3-0 shutout of Hamburg. Bobby Wood subbed out in the 83rd minute for Hamburg. Shinji Kagawa opened the scoring at the Volksparkstadion in the 24th minute. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made it 2-0 Dortmund in the 63rd with Pulisic scoring in the 79th. Pulisic's goal is the 3000 scored by the club in . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with games in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 70th minute for Gladbach's 2-0 shutout of Stuttgart. Gladbach's goals came from Raffael, scoring in the 57th and converting a 74th minute penalty. Aron Johannsson wasn't in the squad for Werder Bremen's 1-1 draw at Wolfsburg. Trailing from the 28th minute, Fin Bartels equalized for Werder Bremen in the . . .
The soccer news starts with the official announcement that Jay Heaps is no longer the coach of the New England Revolution. Goal.com's Ives Galarcep had the story last night, the capper on a ridiculous week for the Revs. For anybody paying attention past the score line in that 7-0 loss at Atlanta and the 3-1 loss at Kansas City, red cards were a problem. There's a solid argument that the cards . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. Melia ranks among the league’s best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage. He’s one of the reasons why . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with a simple question. Why is it so hard to play simply? In the 83rd minute of Werder Bremen vs Schalke on Saturday, Schalke scored on a corner that the announcer called "simple football." It was a solid point. Schalke headed in that corner by paying attention to man marking and catching the Werder Bremen defense ball watching. It was basic stuff. No trickery, shadow . . .
Atlanta United drew an announced crowd of 70,425 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium to set a new MLS attendance record. They also picked up a point with a 3-3 draw with Orlando City. Dom Dwyer opened the scoring for Orlando City in the 10th minute. Josef Martinez equalized in the 36th. Dwyer and Martinez traded goals again, with Orlando regaining the lead in the 39th and Atlanta equalizing in the 55th. . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts with DeAndre Yedlin returning for Newcastle United in their 2-1 win over Stoke City. Christian Atsu opened the scoring for Newcastle in the 19th minute at St James' Park. Xherden Shaqiri equalized for Stoke in the 57th. Jamal Lascelles scored Newcastle's winner in the 68th. "Our team spirit is great right now, and I think that’s a continuation of last . . .
The London derby is on CNBC on Sunday, with most of us thinking cable news when considering our options on the weekend soccer TV schedule. Also on the schedule, MLS is on Univision on Saturday with Atlanta hosting Orlando as their run of home games continues. That game should set a new attendance record for the league. Chelsea vs Arsenal at 8:30am on Sunday on CNBC. It's the marquee version of . . .