By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 22, 2018) US Soccer Players - With over a week of action now in the books, the 2018 World Cup is approaching its halfway point in terms of matches played. It’s not a bad time to take stock of the way broadcasters show the event on television in the United States. Most viewers’ reactions to coverage of a big occasion like this tend to revolve around the . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 14, 2018) US Soccer Players - Early Wednesday morning in the US, we learned that the United bid won the rights to the 2026 World Cup. It was a landslide win in the end for the US, Canada, and Mexico’s joint bid. Morocco ended up not being as much of a factor as some expected. Voters opting for neither of them turned out to not be a factor at all. Under new . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 8, 2018) US Soccer Players - In the final stop on the USMNT’s early-summer tour, Dave Sarachan’s youth movement is about to face its stiffest test to date. The young Yanks are in Lyon, France this week, preparing for a friendly vs Les Bleus on Saturday afternoon (3pm ET - ESPN). It’s a daunting opponent, one with legitimate aims of winning this summer’s World . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Jun 1, 2018) US Soccer Players - For generations, US soccer players and fans have been venturing abroad in search of work, adventure, and improvement in the beautiful game. American coaches, however, have generally been slower to pursue careers and livelihoods overseas, for various reasons. Todd Beane is a prominent exception. After playing at the NCAA and USISL . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 24, 2018) US Soccer Players - One of American soccer’s quietly enjoyable traditions is Washington Post reporter Steve Goff’s annual sit down interview with Bruce Arena. An on-record meeting of two of the sport’s savviest and most grizzled old heads, it invariably features witty and instructive interchanges that reflect a decades-long relationship spanning . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 18, 2018) US Soccer Players - To some, they’re known as “5v2s” or “4v1s.” To others, it’s “piggy in the middle” or simply “keepaway.” But in the modern era sculpted by the philosophy and excellence of Spanish soccer, they have come to be dubbed by that country’s name for the exercise: “rondos.” What for years was once widely seen in American soccer as a . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (May 10, 2018) US Soccer Players - Peter Vermes signed a contract extension with Sporting Kansas City this week, one that keeps him in his posts of technical director and head coach through 2023. Already the longest-tenured active head coach in MLS, his new deal stands to make him the longest-serving boss in the league’s history. It’s a major show of confidence . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 26, 2018) US Soccer Players - Wednesday night marked the finale of the 2018 Concacaf Champions League. Chivas de Guadalajara edged Toronto FC for the title in a gut-wrenching second-leg decided by penalty kicks. Trailing 2-1 from the first-leg, the reigning MLS champs played the second-leg without a specialist center back due to injuries. Michael Bradley and . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 20, 2018) US Soccer Players - It’s not often that you see an American player make his top-flight professional debut at age 29. It’s even rarer for a player to arrive at that milestone via a path like Jimmy Maurer’s. A supplemental draft pick of the New York Red Bulls way back in 2011 after a solid NCAA career at South Carolina, the Georgia native didn’t get . . .
By Charles Boehm – WASHINGTON, DC (Apr 13, 2018) US Soccer Players - The New England Revolution’s academy is not generally known as one of the pacesetters in MLS or US youth soccer. To date, the MLS team has signed four Homegrown Players in total. The Revs’ youth sides rarely keep pace results-wise with elite academy programs like FC Dallas, the LA Galaxy, and New York Red Bulls. However, this . . .