By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 20, 2017) US Soccer Players - Some readers will be familiar with my occasional tendency to sift through developments from seemingly disparate quarters of the American soccer scene in search of deeper meaning. So far October has brought us stunning World Cup qualification heartbreak, and a resulting tidal wave of anger, recrimination and soul-searching. Word . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 13, 2017) US Soccer Players - American soccer suddenly finds itself talking about things that are tough to pin down. Systems, structures, and cultural nuances can be slippery and difficult. Still, there’s no time for it like the end of a three-decade run of consecutive World Cup qualifications. Naturally, focus will turn towards Major League Soccer. A . . .
By Charles Boehm – ORLANDO, FL (Oct 5, 2017) US Soccer Players - Even in a palpable stressful situation, with the World Cup dreams of millions riding on his team’s next 90 minutes of play, Bruce Arena found a way to summon his trademark droll sarcasm. “Good morning everyone,” he said to a jam-packed press conference room at Orlando City Stadium on Thursday, on the eve of the USMNT’s massive World . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 29, 2017) US Soccer Players - After their club matches this weekend, the USMNT will gather again, this time in Orlando, Florida, for one more pair of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. The 2018 Hexagonal concludes with games against Panama and Trinidad & Tobago. These are the final two opportunities for the US to overcome the many missteps and wobbles of this . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 22, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s been an interesting week or so in Major League Soccer, both on the field and behind the scenes. Last Wednesday expansion club Atlanta United laid down a startling marker at their second match in their glittering new $1.5-billion home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The New England Revolution hit town as nominal rivals to ATL in the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 14, 2017) US Soccer Players - It’s been a week since the USMNT wrapped up September’s World Cup qualifiers. The noise from media and fans has scarcely dropped a decibel. There's justification for some of the criticism. Some of it not so much. A few of the less articulate outbursts barely even deserve the term. One topic of discussion does merit a longer look. . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 8, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT’s performances in this month’s two highly stressful World Cup qualifiers have prompted plenty of consternation among fans and media. Why has this edition of the Hexagonal been such a hard slog? What’s leading this team to underperform relative to the level most of us thought it was at? The good news is that the US still . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Sep 4, 2017) US Soccer Players - The USMNT continues to break new ground, both for better and for worse, in World Cup qualifying. After struggling at Estadio Azteca for decades, the US have earned draws on their last two qualifying visits to Mexico. In the last World Cup cycle they posted both their first-ever loss, and first-ever win, at Jamaica. They lost at . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 25, 2017) US Soccer Players - Reports have USMNT coach Bruce Arena announcing his latest roster on Sunday. Then we'll know the group that will face Costa Rica and Honduras in two massive World Cup qualifiers on September 1 and 5. September starts with Los Ticos at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, a few miles west of lower Manhattan. The US players . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON DC (Aug 18, 2017) US Soccer Players - A familiar sinking feeling returned for many USMNT fans this week. Defender John Brooks is out with injury and will miss the September World Cup qualifiers. The commanding young center back made a major move earlier this year with a transfer – via the largest fee ever paid for an American player – from Hertha BSC to their . . .