By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - Experience, aggression and commitment are the tools of choice for the USMNT as they wade into a pressure-packed World Cup qualifying encounter with Honduras at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California on Friday (10:30pm ET - FS1). The high stakes of this match, brought on by November’s back-to-back losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 16, 2017) US Soccer Players - The final countdown to this month’s massive World Cup qualifying matches began in earnest on Wednesday. Bruce Arena unveiled his 24-man USMNT roster for the games against Honduras On March 24 and Panama on the 28. What formation will the USMNT use? What sorts of tactics will predominate? Who will he decide to start in some key . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - Don’t think old dogs can learn new tricks? Bruce Arena has been providing some evidence to the contrary since his return to the USMNT. Arena is continuing and even expanding on the communications outreach efforts of his predecessor Jurgen Klinsmann. Arena spoke publicly not once but twice this week. He met with reporters in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Mar 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - We’ve grown accustomed to the reality that professional athletes almost always have to watch their words or moderate their personalities to some extent when talking to the media. In US soccer the spotlight traditionally hasn’t burned quite as hot as in the country’s most dominant sports. There’s still usually significant risk and . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 23, 2017) US Soccer Players - US Soccer brought Bruce Arena back into the USMNT fold in place of Jurgen Klinsmann last fall for one reason above all. The 65-year-old carries deep experience of the treacherous path to World Cup qualification. He experienced it twice before at the turn of the century. That made him the safest bet for steering the wobbly 2018 . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 17, 2017) US Soccer Players - Tab Ramos and his USMNT U-20s step into the spotlight this weekend. On Saturday, they kick off what could be a perilous World Cup qualifying campaign in Costa Rica. As is often the case with big youth national team events, this tournament represents equal parts opportunity and risk for coach and players alike. Strong displays . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 9, 2017) US Soccer Players - We’re in a hole. Behind the 8-ball. Honduras at home is now a must-win. Four points from the next two, at minimum. Don’t press the panic button yet, but… etc etc. The USMNT’s winless start to the final round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifying has stirred much fear and fretting. Most notably, it prompted the federation’s decision to . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Feb 2, 2017) US Soccer Players - Old things have become new again for the USMNT lately. First there's the return of Bruce Arena. Then there's the recall of several players left out of the pool for years under the previous coach. Despite what you may have heard, even stumbling into real trouble in World Cup qualifying is not a new experience for this program in . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jan 26, 2017) US Soccer Players - After three weeks of workouts, the USMNT get their first big test of January camp. They welcome Serbia to San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Sunday afternoon (4pm ET - ESPN2). The occasion marks the first match of Bruce Arena's second stint in charge of the Yanks. He's likely to soft-pedal his expectations for a group still getting . . .
By Charles Boehm – LOS ANGELES, CA (Jan 19, 2017) US Soccer Players - For many attendees at the 2017 NSCAA Convention, it was one of the most eagerly-anticipated sessions on the sprawling event's packed schedule... and that's saying something. Jurgen Klinsmann visited the Los Angeles Convention Center last weekend for an NSCAA spotlight session with his longtime attaché Allen Hopkins. It . . .