By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 19, 2018) US Soccer Players - Three years ago, Rubio Rubin seemed to have the world at his feet. A star of the USMNT U-17 squad, he won US Soccer’s Young Male Athlete of the Year in 2012. Rubin made an ambitious move to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht when he turned 18, signing a four-year contract in March 2014. USMNT coach Jurgen Klinsmann handed the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 11, 2018) US Soccer Players - The USMNT kicks off January camp this week, and it could be an interesting one. The reality is that other topics are occupying lots of focus and discussion around the USMNT program right now. With so many new faces called in during these transitional times, however, there’s plenty of plot lines to track over the next few weeks in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 4, 2018) US Soccer Players - After a mostly disappointing 2017, many USMNT fans have turned their focus towards the youth movement that’s widely expected to unfold under the next coach. Interim US Soccer coach Dave Sarachan already gave a glimpse of what that might look like with the squad called in for November’s friendly vs Portugal. That promising 1-1 draw . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - Yes, this was a strange, vexing year for the USMNT and those who support them. Every turn of the calendar provides a chance for renewal, and none more than this one as both program and Federation enter an extended period of transition. We’ve heard a great deal about what’s gone wrong and/or what needs to be fixed lately, not . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - Three years ago Major League Soccer changed their logo. The progressive “brand identity” was built in particular around three stars arrayed in the upper left corner. The league let us know that the stars “represent the pillars of our brand: For Club, For Country, For Community.” It was an admirable concept that tried to . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 15, 2017) US Soccer Players - You’ve probably already heard about the US, Canada, and Mexico partnering to launch a sprawling bid to host the 2026 World Cup. The three nations have submitted an ambitious plan for the first edition of FIFA’s expanded 48-team tournament. They'll find out in June whether the world’s favorite sporting event returns to North . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - Do you hate Major League Soccer’s single-entity system? Driven to rage and heartbreak by the Columbus Crew’s investor/operator's flirtation with Austin, Texas? Frustrated and confused by the league’s gratuitously complicated and confusing roster and salary rules? Well, the structures are working, MLS is on course to join . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Dec 1, 2017) US Soccer Players - Soccer fans and analysts often engage in a dour sort of ageist arithmetic about players. The ones in their mid-to-late 20s are deemed “in their prime.” Those on the north side of 30 tend to not get the same respect. Anyone under age 20 or so is inherently more valuable because of their upside in the years ahead. These . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - I’ve experienced a wide range of emotions during USMNT games over the past few years, both as a journalistic observer and from the perspective of a soccer-enamored American. Tuesday’s friendly draw with Portugal handed me a new one. A conflicted mix of intrigue, bewilderment, and uneasiness. On the field, the part that should . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Nov 10, 2017) US Soccer Players - Fifteen years and five months after the shock World Cup win over Portugal that launched the program into a bold new century, a dramatically revamped USMNT squad has gathered in Lisbon this week ahead of a rematch that marks both the beginning and end of an era. The 3-2 defeat of Luis Vigo and the heavily favored Portuguese side . . .