By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The USMNT is no stranger when it comes to playing in must-win games. From the first round of the World Cup to the Gold Cup knockout stages and Hexagonal tournaments in between, the USMNT has found ways to win. It will need to channel some of those past victories when it plays Honduras on Friday evening at Avaya Stadium in San . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS is growing each year. The league’s 22nd season opened this month with 22 teams, more than the top flights of England, Germany, Spain, and Italy. Next year, Major League Soccer will add another franchise in Los Angeles when LAFC takes to the field. It doesn’t stop there. There are 12 other markets looking to get in on this . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – There are many players around the world who have made playing for one club a hallmark of their careers. Scores of others have played for several clubs, but have become synonyms with one of them. Take Landon Donovan. He began his MLS career with the San Jose Earthquakes and two stints with Everton, but identifies easiest as a member . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 27, 2017) US Soccer Players – With the start of a new MLS season just days away, all attention is on which teams will be competitive enough in 2017 to make the playoffs and ultimately win MLS Cup. Will Seattle repeat? Can FC Dallas finally do it? Will either the Los Angeles Galaxy or New York Red Bulls live up to the hype? Will either Houston or Chicago go from . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – With the start of every new season comes hope and excitement. Being part of that select group of players who are the next big thing can lead to immediate success for a team. Jordan Morris, last season’s Rookie of the Year, had a string of standout performances. That led to the Seattle Sounders winning their first MLS Cup in . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – Amid a flurry of player signings, the release of new-look jerseys, and preseason games versus minor-league opponents, MLS clubs have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming season. There are three teams that have had to deal with a bigger sense of urgency looming over their preseason camps. That’s because the New York Red . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was nearly three decades ago that the map of Europe went through a radical redesign. The collapse of the Berlin Wall had sparked political and economic reverberations that lasted for years. It ultimately led to the collapse in 1992 of communism and the Soviet Union. Add to that the civil war that ravaged Yugoslavia that same year . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – While many American players dream of signing with a European club, some are living out their ambition of playing abroad by crossing our southern border. A growing number of Americans have signed with Liga MX clubs in recent years. The number of Americans currently in Mexico's top flight – including former MLS stars Omar Gonzalez . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 23, 2017) US Soccer Players – Europe’s various domestic tournaments mark the mid-season point – give or take a week – this month. It’s a time for teams to reassess their rosters, hit the transfer market, or dump their coach. There's plenty to play for after all. A championship and the European spots on one end, avoiding relegation on the other, and mid-table . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 16, 2017) US Soccer Players – Although many Americans are unaware of it, soccer has a very rich tradition and a deep history in this country that dates back decades. The National Team played its first official game in 1916 and over that 101-year span, the United States has featured scores of players who’ve proudly represented the game at its highest levels. . . .