By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 17, 2018) US Soccer Players - FC Cincinnati isn’t going to wait around for permission to get started on preparing for their first MLS season. Never mind that the club is in the midst of a historic second-division campaign with the USL playoffs yet to come or that they won’t officially be on the infamous MLS allocation order until the second week of December. . . .
The USMNT's 1-1 draw with Peru showed what a young team might be capable of doing in games that count. Holding on when they didn't have a lot of the possession in the first-half, the USMNT attack came together in the second. The USMNT's goal was from a set piece and benefitted from a deflection, but it was the result of sustained pressure. The USMNT realized they needed to take the game to Peru . . .
The USMNT finished out the October international window drawing 1-1 with Peru at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT. Peru dominated possession in the first-half, but couldn't find a goal. The USMNT took advantage early in the second-half with Jose Sargent getting a deflection and a goal in in the 49th minute. Peru's Andy Polo hit the bar in the 75th and Edison Flores equalized in the 86th . . .
The soccer news starts with an obvious point about the Nations League. It's going to take more than UEFA adding it to the schedule to make the games count. Everybody involved has to buy in. That's the challenge for any new competition, something that the Nations League is already struggling with at some levels. For all the upside when two big teams meet in League A, there's leagues B through D to . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT's second game in the October window. They play Peru in East Hartford on Tuesday (7:30pm ET - ESPN) with another opportunity for players to show how they fit in Dave Sarachan's system. In the 4-2 loss to Colombia in Tampa last Thursday, that system asked too much of the backline against a creative Colombia attack. It's a somewhat similar situation with Peru, a . . .
In a short week 33 in MLS, DC United kept pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race. DC shutout FC Dallas 1-0 at Audi Field. Russell Canouse scored the game's only goal in the 86th minute with Bill Hamid keeping the clean sheet with six saves. "The last minutes are when teams score," Dallas forward Dominique Badji said. "And so, you know we need to stay a bit more focused you know, defensively . . .
By Jason Davis – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 12, 2018) US Soccer Players - The United States Men’s National Team is in a weird place. A year out from losing to Trinidad & Tobago and missing out on the 2018 World Cup, one of CONCACAF leading nations is trying to figure out how to regain it’s lost prestige. During the October FIFA window, the Americans are playing friendlies against Colombia and Peru . . .
The soccer news starts with the USMNT's loss to Colombia. The bright side for the USMNT was responding to going a goal down by taking the lead early in the second-half. Colombia winning 4-2 continued to expose the spacing problems for the USMNT throughout the game. Leave an opportunity on one side of the field, and a team like Colombia is probably going to take advantage. Colombia didn't learn . . .
On a humid night in Tampa, Colombia got the better of the USMNT in a 4-2 win at Raymond James Stadium. With the USMNT once again using an experimental lineup combining experience with young players, Colombia took advantage. James Rodriguez opened the scoring in the 36th minute, behind the ball in from just inside the box. USMNT defender Matt Miazga made a clearance on a Rodriguez shot in the . . .
The soccer news starts with that Liga MX and MLS sort of rumor. Liga MX president Enrique Bonilla mentioned the potential of a Liga MX and MLS merger following the North American hosted 2026 World Cup. From there, the discussion in American soccer quickly and predictably moved to the technical details. MLS's insistence on single-entity, the promotion and relegation issue with locked leagues, and . . .