By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 20, 2017) US Soccer Players – The MLS playoffs version of the Final Four finally kicks off Tuesday. We’re used to the upset story in the MLS playoffs, a competition where the tag of “favorite” seldom counts for much. From the Houston Dynamo knocking out the Portland Timbers and the Columbus Crew getting past NYCFC, 2017 is showing once again that anything can . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 13, 2017) US Soccer Players – "Interim" is a tag no coach likes to have. It means the job is temporary. There is nothing about it that says you will get the job. That’s not a lot of motivation when trying to guide a team. That goes for either club or country. That’s the situation for Dave Sarachan, tasked with guiding the USMNT for the remainder of the year. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Nov 6, 2017) US Soccer Players – NYCFC has come a long way. A team that struggled under the popularity and modest success of its rival the Red Bulls in recent years, New York City FC has used its success on the field over the past seven months to market itself to fans across the city. NYCFC also knows that just making the playoffs isn't going to cut it . . .
By Clemente Lisi – DALLAS TX (Oct 30, 2017) US Soccer Players – MLS teams are currently playing for a championship. Will Toronto FC replicate the success it achieved during the regular season? Can the Seattle Sounders repeat as champions? Will a surprise team, like the New York Red Bulls or Columbus Crew, emerge from the brackets? While the debate rages over which team can go all the way, another . . .
By Clemente Lisi – WASHINGTON DC (Oct 23, 2017) US Soccer Players – From DC United's last game at RFK stadium to NYCFC playing another home game away from home, MLS's Decision Day had its moments. The end of the regular season also means that the postseason is upon us and the games will become even more meaningful in the coming weeks. That’s where VAR comes in. The point of using instant replay . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 16, 2017) US Soccer Players – We’re nearing the end of the latest round of MLS expansion. Though commissioner Don Garber recently suggested that the next round might face a delay, the league was quick to confirm that they’re set to announce two more teams in mid-December. That’s how the league works right now, adding clubs on a regular schedule. Cities . . .
By Clemente Lisi – WASHINGTON, DC (Oct 9, 2017) US Soccer Players – Halloween may be just a few weeks away, but signs of the holiday are all around us. Pumpkins and skeletons adorn the outside of homes and stores have stocked the shelves with candy and costumes. Given this bewitching time of year, it seems fitting then that the USMNT has given a fright to everyone from soccer officials right on . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Oct 2, 2017) US Soccer Players – The start of October is when MLS teams go into overdrive. After spending the summer laying the groundwork for a playoff push, the Fall is when some teams either surge and clinch a postseason berth or totally collapse and start rebuilding for next season. For teams that surge, the hope is that the momentum will carry them to a title. . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 25, 2017) US Soccer Players – It wasn't easy growing up a soccer fan in this country during the 1980s. It was a time when the sport appeared to go into hibernation. I caught the soccer bug during my summers in Italy, the country of my parents’ birth, and fell in love with the game during the 1982 World Cup when I was only five. That was the summer of great . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Sep 18, 2017) US Soccer Players – Sporting Kansas City’s Tim Melia is having the best season of his career. He's in the conversation for the league’s Goalkeeper of the Year award. Melia ranks among the league’s best in a series of major categories, including goals-against-average, shutouts, penalty saves, and overall save percentage. He’s one of the reasons why . . .