The soccer news starts with MLS announcing Juventus as the opponent for the 2018 All-Star game in Atlanta. The game is set for Mercedes Benz Stadium on August 1 at 7:30pm ET on ESPN. MLS is continuing the trend of playing foreign clubs, with the eventual switch to an MLS vs Liga MX All-Star game in the near future. “We are happy to represent European football in this year’s MLS All-Star game," . . .
The soccer news starts with what now seems like an old story in MLS. Where will a team find land and concessions to build a nice new stadium somewhere in the greater metro area? DC United spent over a decade trying to answer that question, eventually ending up on the right side of the District line to satisfy the latest incarnation of MLS. That's playing within the city limits, preferably near . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Mar 21, 2018) US Soccer Players - The biggest story from Week 3 of the 2018 MLS season wasn’t an individual player performance or a dramatic finish. Instead, it was the influence of the Video Assistant Referee on games in three different locations. In all three cases, decisions made using VAR heavily influenced the result of the match.. In these early days of video . . .
The soccer news starts with another issue for FIFA and the international calendar. Staging the 2021 Confederations Cup in a Qatar summer represents the same problem that moved the start of the 2022 World Cup to November 21. It's too hot to play soccer in Qatar in the summer, calling the immediate future of the Confederations Cup into doubt. FIFA's situation here is interesting since the . . .
FIFA facing pressure over the international calendar is nothing new. It wasn't that long ago that there were single date windows. Pressure from Europe in particular pushed the international calendar to double dates, taking out the August fixture entirely. Back when that was still around, there was a start stop to the beginning of the European club season. Since those European clubs and their . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 19, 2018) US Soccer Players – The City of Brotherly Love has long been a hotbed for soccer. The Philadelphia German Americans, a member of the American Soccer League, would come to represent the city for decades. They’re one of many teams to emerge from Pennsylvania nearly a century ago that helped lay the foundation for the growth of the game in this . . .
UEFA held the draw for the 2017-18 Champions League quarterfinals, giving us a rematch of last season's final. That Juventus vs Real Madrid meeting is by far the highlight of the round, with the bouncing balls keeping the other contenders apart. The all-Premier League meeting of Liverpool and Manchester City might be high profile with Liverpool in 3rd and City top of the table, but there's an . . .
The MLS week 3 roundup starts in an odd location for an MLS regular season game. With DC United's new stadium under construction, they drew 2-2 with Houston in front of 5,128 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. Houston took a two-goal lead with Alberth Elis scoring in the 30th and assisting on Mauro Manotas's goal a minute later. Darren Mattocks pulled a goal back in the 50th minute with Luciano Acosta . . .
The USMNT players in Europe and Mexico starts in the Bundesliga. Fabian Johnson subbed on in the 81st for Gladbach's 3-3 home draw with Hoffenheim. Gladbach fell behind in the 13th minute with Josip Drmic equalizing in the 33rd. Hoffenheim converted a penalty in the 58th minute with Lars Stindl equalizing in the 72nd. Hoffenheim went up again a minute later with Matthias Ginter equalizing in the . . .
Interim USMNT coach Dave Sarachan announced the 22 player roster for the March 27 friendly against Paraguay in Cary, NC. Sarachan's selections focus on young players mainly from European clubs. "This match once again represents an opportunity for some new faces," Sarachan said in a press statement. "The roster has an average age under 24, so for the most part this is a group of younger players . . .