By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 19, 2018) US Soccer Players – When the USMNT takes on Paraguay next month, it won’t be just another friendly. It will also highlight the growing relationship between MLS and the South American nation of just 6.8 million. While it’s true that waves of foreigners have come to play in this country since the league began in 1996, it’s the quality, age, and . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 12, 2018) US Soccer Players – Establishing soccer in New York City isn’t just an MLS problem. For all the communities and clubs, producing a dominant team has never been easy. Consider how much the New York Cosmos had to spend for their brief run of relevance in the 1970s. It’s an old story, with lots of teams trying to bring championships to New York. One of . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 5, 2018) US Soccer Players – Many North American cities are lining up to put on their best faces to win the soccer expansion sweepstakes. The recent addition of Miami, spearheaded by David Beckham, brings to fruition a promise MLS had made years ago. Further down the soccer pyramid, leagues such as the USL and NPSL have also added teams on a minor-league level . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 29, 2018) US Soccer Players – The United States is a country that has had a lot of attempts at making pro soccer work over the years. That's not limited to attempts at establishing a topflight league. The once mighty North American Soccer League dominated the pro landscape in the 1970s, but it wasn't the only game in town. There was a lower division, a version . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 22, 2018) US Soccer Players – The USMNT plays its first game of the year against Bosnia and Herzegovina. A part of the former Yugoslavia, the now-independent nation has a long sports history. The capital city of Sarajevo hosted the 1984 Winter Olympics, only to be engulfed in a brutally violent civil war less than a decade later that resulted in its . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 15, 2018) US Soccer Players – A new year means a new start for the USMNT. 2018 is about the USMNT building on the positives and moving on from last year. A roster loaded with up-and-coming young players is together in Carson, California kicking off a transitional year for the USMNT. January is always a time to see new faces and this year is no different. USMNT . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 8, 2018) US Soccer Players – It’s difficult to imagine today, but Fall River, a town with a modern-day population of just 88,000, was once one of the hotbeds of American soccer. Once a center of textile manufacturing, Fall River was home to many Scottish, and, in years later, Portuguese immigrants. They brought their love of the game to our shores. Located . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 2, 2018) US Soccer Players – How many of you have stuck to your New Year’s resolutions? Just a few days into 2018 and certainly some of you have already cheated. Have you already taken a puff of that cigarette you swore off? Is that gym membership card still going unused? It’s all part of the annual ritual of making resolutions. The process of wanting to set a . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 26, 2017) US Soccer Players – The final week of December is a time to look forward to a new year. It is also a time to look back on the last 12 months. American soccer came to a crossroads in 2017. There was some negative, but plenty of positives to emerge from a sport that continues to gain in popularity. The question is no longer whether soccer will be . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Dec 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – The phenomenon of the player/coach in soccer may not be something currently in vogue, but some of the world’s best players have held that dual role. Legendary players such as Gordon Strachan, Kenny Dalglish, Glenn Hoddle, Ruud Gullit, Gianluca Vialli, and Graeme Souness have all done so. Other sports have also used player-coaches. . . .