By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 20, 2023) US Soccer Players – The Concacaf Nations League comes into fuller focus once again starting this Friday when the group stage of the tournament resumes and the USMNT travels to Grenada looking for points. Just four months after the World Cup, the US once again finds itself having to navigate a group stage. This time, winning Group D in Nations . . .
MLS tactics early in the 2023 season
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 13, 2023) US Soccer Players – If there's a common trend when looking at MLS clubs finding success early in the 2023 season, it could be the two tactical formations already standing out. The 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 have proven to be part of the formula in both conferences so far. It is obviously very early, in addition to the small sample size. Formations are largely . . .
Walker Zimmerman: “Appreciate what happened, but also focus on what’s next”
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Mar 6, 2023) US Soccer Players – He was the big man in the center of the defense for the United States at the recent World Cup. When he isn’t clearing away balls or intimidating strikers for the USMNT, center back Walker Zimmerman does all that each week for Nashville SC. Zimmerman hasn’t missed a step with Nashville, already getting off to a strong start in . . .
Red Bulls defender John Tolkin on his club, the rest of the East, and debuting for the USMNT
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 27, 2023) US Soccer Players – Strikers get much of the love in soccer and MLS is no different. The reality is that soccer is a team sport and all players, despite their position, matter to the success of that team. As the New York Red Bulls start off the 2023 season, there's been a lot of attention placed on new Designated Player signing Dante Vanzeir. But MLS . . .
MLS in 2023: LAFC and Philadelphia, Apple TV, the Leagues Cup, and St Louis
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 20, 2023) US Soccer Players – The start of another Major League Soccer season is less than a week away. As preseason winds down and the league's 29 teams prepare to kick things off on Saturday, there's once again an overabundance of narratives for fans to focus on this season. Los Angeles FC, winners of both the Supporters' Shield and MLS Cup, will be . . .
What the January window could mean for the 2022-23 Champions League
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 13, 2023) US Soccer Players – The recently concluded window will have a huge impact on the second half of the club season across Europe's domestic leagues. It will also impact the Champions League, which returns on Tuesday with the start of the knockout phase following the long winter break. In UEFA's three club competitions – Champions League, Europa League, . . .
Five MLS player moves worth your attention
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Feb 6, 2023) US Soccer Players – The start of a new Major League Soccer season is very close and teams continue to train on the field and make player deals off of it. Like every winter, teams use the time between the final whistle at the MLS Cup Final to the days leading up to the start of a new season, either rebuilding or solidifying rosters. This annual ritual . . .
The goalkeeping pool, MLS talent, and building atmosphere from the January USMNT friendlies
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 30, 2023) US Soccer Players – The USMNT’s two Southern California friendlies against Serbia and Colombia gave us a glimpse at a number of players and trends that will carry over into the near future. In a calendar year that features the Nations League in March and the Gold Cup starting in June, there’s plenty to glean from these two games. The 24-player pool . . .
As expected, the 2023 January camp highlights new players and MLS
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 23, 2023) US Soccer Players – It's January, and that means the USMNT is back in action with its annual camp that concludes later this week with two friendlies against Serbia and Colombia. The games mark the first time we will see the team since it was eliminated at the World Cup by the Netherlands in the round of 16. The camp, which began this past Saturday, . . .
St Louis City gets the MLS expansion focus in 2023
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Jan 16, 2023) US Soccer Players – MLS expansion side St Louis City's first training session happened last week at the club's downtown facility. St Louis represents Major League Soccer's 29th team and will play in the Western Conference, the latest example of the league's ongoing commitment to grow in new markets across North America. It was just under a decade ago . . .