Tuesday's soccer news starts with the 2021 edition of the Leagues Cup. For those needing the quick reminder, this is an eight-team tournament, four each from Major League Soccer and Liga MX that weren't involved in the Concacaf Champions League. For MLS, that means Sporting KC, Orlando City, Seattle, and NYCFC. It's the same qualification route for the Liga MX clubs, with Leon, Tigres, Santos . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Aug 9, 2021) US Soccer Players – Major League Soccer has been the place for young talent to flourish the past few years. It isn't so rare when a teenager makes his debut, shines for a few years, and then moves to Europe. It's a testament to the growth of US soccer and the power and importance of MLS. A prime example of this has been the success of Gianluca Busio, . . .
Monday's soccer news starts with the DFB Pokal and the first competitive games of the 2021-22 season for Bundesliga clubs. Tyler Adams subbed out in the 68th minute of RB Leipzig's 4-0 win at Sandhausen, the first under new coach Jesse Marsch. Willi Orban scored in the 19th with Amadou Haidara doubling the lead in the 45th. Christopher Nkunku scored in the 60th with Dominik Szoboszlai finishing . . .
Friday's soccer news starts with, what else? Lionel Messi's potential exit from Barcelona is sucking up all the attention for the most obvious of reasons. He's Lionel Messi, but Barcelona may be on its way to no longer being the same Barcelona. It might turn out that some of the clubs pushing for the cliche that is The Super League could be looking at a different future than the one pundits and . . .
By J Hutcherson (Aug 5, 2021) US Soccer Players - The Championship is an interesting dilemma for players. Its reputation as a grind of a league is well earned both for the median level of play and for the 46 regular season games. Two automatic promotion spots and four playoff places changes the scope of the league for one simple reason that we're reminded of as every season winds down. There's a . . .
Wednesday's soccer news starts with the Royal Dutch Football Association rehiring a former coach. Louis van Gaal returns to professional soccer to take over from Frank de Boer, who left following June's EURO 2020 quarterfinal exit to the Czech Republic. Van Gaal last coached Manchester United, leaving that job at the end of the 2015-16 season. He coached the Dutch national team from 2000-02 and . . .
Tuesday's soccer news starts with midweek games on the schedule for Major League Soccer. While MLS normally prides itself in its unique brand of parity, what's happening in the Western Conference is odd even by that standard. All of a sudden, the front runners are vulnerable. The table may look the same with Seattle in 1st-place and Sporting KC in 2nd, but both are now in reach. Seattle has . . .
Monday’s soccer news starts with an established soccer cliche, the statement game. It seems like games are making statements more often than not, sort of like when every single game involving an MLS team somehow has playoff implications. Meanwhile, occasionally there are games that don’t just make a statement. They yell as loudly as possible that a group of players has accomplished something . . .
The USMNT's run at the 2021 Gold Cup continues with their third 1-0 win in a row. This time, it was Qatar unable to get the ball past USMNT goalkeeper Matt Turner. Once again, it was Turner coming up with the crucial saves to keep the clean sheet and make one goal count. That came courtesy of Gyasi Zardes in the 86th minute, a super sub performance that once again highlighted his unique skill . . .
Thursday's soccer news starts with matchday for the USMNT in the 2021 Gold Cup, facing Qatar in the semifinals (7:30pm ET - FS1). Qatar advanced with a 3-2 win over El Salvador while the USMNT saw off Jamaica 1-0. Both of those results raised questions about the winning team. Qatar couldn't hold a 3-0 lead while the USMNT left it late with an 83rd minute winner. What that raises for both teams . . .