By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – The New York Red Bulls, despite strides made in recent years transforming into an MLS Cup contender, is a team always seemingly in crisis mode. That normally starts early in the season. They usually go on to finish among the top in the Eastern Conference, but the old problem persists of crashing out in the playoffs. The club is . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 17, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was 17 years ago that the Los Angeles Galaxy won the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup. It’s also the last time an MLS team lifted the trophy as the best club in the region. Since then, the tournament – rebranded the CONCACAF Champions League in 2008 – has seen 15 winners. The last 11 champions have all hailed from Mexico. This . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 10, 2017) US Soccer Players – It was a decade ago that David Beckham left Real Madrid and signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy, ushering in the era of the Designated Player for MLS. The move shown a global spotlight on Major League Soccer at the time, while sparking a surge in jersey sales and unprecedented growth in attendance. Everywhere the Galaxy played, fans . . .
By Clemente Lisi – NEW YORK, NY (Apr 3, 2017) US Soccer Players – The year was 2001 and the San Jose Earthquakes knocked out the Columbus Crew and Miami Fusion to reach MLS Cup. Standing between it and the trophy was the Los Angeles Galaxy. The Earthquakes, led by a young Landon Donovan, pulled off the upset against its Western Division rivals to win the championship. In goal for that . . .
By Clemente Lisi – HARRISON, NJ (Mar 27, 2017) US Soccer Players – You may have spent the past few days enjoying the bevy of World Cup Qualifiers available during the international window. You may have even found your way to San Jose to witness the USA’s 6-0 romp of Honduras Friday night. The marathon of World Cup qualifiers from across the globe as teams fight for spots at Russia 2018 produced . . .
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 . . .