By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Sep 29, 2022) US Soccer Players - The USMNT’s final pre-World Cup camp is in the books. The results against Japan and Saudi Arabia answered some questions and left a few more hanging. Players now return to their clubs for several more weeks of action until the final roster convenes in the Middle East just before the main event in Qatar. For those fretting about . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 22, 2022) US Soccer Players – The upcoming September friendlies for the USMNT against Japan and Saudi Arabia will be the final chance to see the team ahead of its World Cup opener versus Wales. It's also a great time to scout the USMNT's group-stage opponents and what we might expect from a formidable trio of nations. The World Cup is really two tournaments. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Aug 18, 2022) US Soccer Players - From charismatic imports to highly-rated assistants to safe and familiar veterans, trends come and go in MLS coaching hires. One enduring pattern returned this week. The San Jose Earthquakes officially announced their selection of Luchi Gonzalez as their next head coach on Wednesday. He's the latest in a long line of USMNT staff . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 15, 2022) US Soccer Players – Like most of us, former USMNT midfielder-turned-TV commentator Stu Holden is anxiously awaiting the start of the 2022 World Cup. Less than 100 days away, Holden will be working the tournament in Qatar as Fox Sports' lead match analyst for soccer. As a player, Holden was on the US roster at the 2010 World Cup, finishing his USMNT . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jul 18, 2022) US Soccer Players – We interrupt your focus on MLS and preseason tours this summer with talk about the upcoming World Cup. The tournament, now just four months away, remains on the horizon as fans around the world await the start of Qatar 2022. For those with an eye on Concacaf, the confederation will have four representatives at the tournament in the . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with Costa Rica beating New Zealand 1-0 in Doha to advance to the 2022 World Cup. Joel Campbell scored the game's only goal in the 3rd minute with Keylor Nevas making four saves to keep the clean sheet. Costa Rica becomes the fourth Concacaf team to advance and will play Spain, Japan, and Germany in group E. Concacaf last won a playoff in 2015 when Mexico knocked out . . .
By Luis Bueno – RIVERSIDE, CA (June 8, 2022) US Soccer Players - After getting an early start with a 2-1 win over Nigeria on May 28, Mexico faced two CONMEBOL teams in international friendlies. El Tri was no match for Uruguay on June 2, losing 3-0 in Glendale, Arizona. They played out a scoreless draw against Ecuador on Sunday in Chicago. Concacaf teams will now turn their attention to the Nations . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with a comparison between the Concacaf and UEFA Nations Leagues, focusing on the teams in World Cup group B. While the USMNT prepares for Grenada and El Salvador, England and Wales face a different level in Europe. England is in action later today in the UEFA Nations League at Germany and hosting Italy on Saturday. They opened Nations League play at Hungary on . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with Wales joining the United States, England, and Iran in group B, opening against the USMNT on November 21 at Khalifa International Stadium. Wales took the final UEFA World Cup spot with a 1-0 shutout of Ukraine at Cardiff City Stadium. A 34th minute own-goal put Wales through to the 2022 World Cup. "It's the greatest result in the history of Welsh football," Wales . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (May 23, 2022) US Soccer Players – It’s going to be an unusual soccer summer. With the World Cup pushed to the winter, the countries that have qualified for the finals need to use this window. In the case of the United States, that means a June schedule with two friendlies and the start of the Concacaf Nations League. The USMNT begins camp for a key period as . . .